“How do we reach more students through our educating?”
This question should be at the front of every educator’s mind. Whether it is the beginning of your teaching career or it is your last week of teaching ever. Making sure all students are engaged in school is a big priority. Digital storytelling and podcasts are different ways of engaging your students.
What is Digital Storytelling? Edudemic.com tells us that it is “the act of using computer-based tools to tell a story.” This storytelling may include many different area of education, from drama to English and editing skills. Many times, these stories being told have many different aspects to them and involve student collaboration. All of these are incredibly important for student development, from communication to self-esteem building and everything in between. I believe that digital storytelling has a huge part in education classes now and even more in the future. An issue schools/classrooms may run into with this would be funding for cameras and/or film editing equipment. Now some digital storytelling doesn’t require this equipment but having it available to students to create would help immensely in not limiting what they can do. An example of digital storytelling is the one below titled “The Meaning of Life” Now this one is pretty heavy and I wouldn’t expect my students to get to this level but I do think that it is cool how he let people know what his feelings were and he shared them with the world.
Podcasts are another way to start to get students engaged. I personally don’t enjoy many podcasts but I know many of my classmates have expressed how much they have gotten into them through this assignment alone. I am an extremely visual learner, I have to see something written down in order to really grasp a concept. I understand that this is not how all people learn so I would love to incorporate podcasts into my classroom someday. What I have discovered with podcasts is that I can get into ones more if they have music or sound effects. The Truth is a podcast website that includes a lot of music and sound effects that I really enjoy. Podcasts for the classroom would be a very fun adventure for the students. They could listen and choose what sorts of things they listen to. They could also look into how to create their own which would be a great project that they would really enjoy.
My biggest takeaway from this research is that there are so many different ways to get students involved and that I really need to make sure I don’t just stay in my comfort zone, I need to make sure all intelligence’s are being taught to.