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Friday, August 14 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Thinking Outside the 8.5 x 11 Box

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Language teachers have been using Digital Storytelling (DS) in their classes for the last few years as a method of instruction, generally to improve their students’ oral proficiency skills (Kim 2014, Verdugo and Belmonte 2007). However, DS can also be used in content classes beyond language skills classes. As a replacement for the traditional research paper or final presentation, DS allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in a holistic way, by incorporating music, sound, and images in addition to text. As such, DS also serves a purpose as an excellent assessment tool. Final projects submitted as DS still must follow academic norms: a thesis or research question must be clearly expressed, an argument made and supported, and the language used must be of the proper academic register. However, the use of images and sound add complexity and a challenge to the task but also allow for much greater creativity and engagement with the question. In addition, because DS projects can be posted on social media such as FaceBook or YouTube, students have a much larger stake in doing their best work; the conversation is no longer between the student and instructor alone, but takes place within a much larger, global community. In this session, I will discuss how DS has been used in my upper division content classes as the final project and will show examples of such projects. I will discuss how DS is incorporated into the syllabus. I will also discuss the rubric that is used to evaluate the various stages of the project as well as evaluate the final project itself.


Helene Ossipov

Arizona State University

Friday August 14, 2015 11:00am - 11:25am EDT
CGIS Knafel K354 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA