Saturday, December 14, 2013

Digital Storytelling meets Social Studies

For the last three weeks we have been studying the American Revolution in fifth grade.  For this project based unit each group is working on one individual and one event to teach their fellow students, and our culminating project deadline is quickly approaching. 

The variety of projects is inspiring as is the enthusiasm to create the digital story that will be used to communicate their knowledge to fellow classmates. 

Finger Puppet Newscast

From finger puppet newscasts, dancing raps, game shows, reenactments, court proceedings, debates and television specials the creativity is amazing.  Student who are typically quiet and reserved are directing classmates as they stage scenes, special education students are participating equally among their peers and being valued as equal members of the group.  Musical talents and art abilities are be utilized and all groups are performing well beyond original expectations.  The issue now is the students not wanting to rush the finalization of the project they are concerned that the video be of superior quality to show the world.

Each student has actively sought out parent permission to post the videos online for the world to see and students are spending time at home researching, editing and collaborating through group google documents.  

All this technology is happening in a classroom where the only technology in the past has been the use of the media lab on a once a week to learn basic functions of power point and word documents.  Now each student routinely uses their individual email and google drive and the teacher has vowed to use digital storytelling several more times this year. 

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