digital stories

This blog post is cross-posted from Margaret Simon's site: Reflections on the Teche Today is Digital Learning Day, a day when educators join together and take the pledge to make digital learning a priority.  To learn more about the movement, click here. To celebrate digital learning day, things didn't look all that different in my class.  My students are very connected to the computer through...
  Reflection and Evaluation Cajon Valley Middle School What we have learned through this process is the power of creating spaces that allow for a variety of entry points, and values the process instead of just final projects. My students live in a world where college seems a far off dream. To see the images and hear the voices of graduate students who still struggle with the academic English...
Aini is a graduate student from China. She was particularly inspiring to my students because she shared so openly what it was like to be a student from China in a college class. She talked about the challenges of learning and using academic language at the same time. She also shared what it was like being a student in China and how different it is here in the United States. She made my students...
Lamees is another student who has bloomed in this digital space. A very quiet and shy young lady, she had difficulty finding her space in our boisterous classroom. She has also been part of this writing space for two years, and has goals of attending college. In participating in this particular project, she saw herself on a college campus. By the middle of the school year she tested out of our...
Each student in the class contributed a movie and an evaluation of the project. Here are comments from Jesus and his story.
"We need to think hard about how we talk about writing to our colleagues, to our students, to ourselves. Language, as the linguists tell us, is also the language of thought." Ralph Fletcher As Christine and I embarked on this journey, she shared that although her students were comfortable consuming digital media, they seemed reluctant to produce on their own at least in the educational...
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10th grade student, Austin TX
Keywords: digital stories
Click here to watch the digital story.
Digtial story created by a 10th grade student in Austin, Texas.
I’ve been thinking a lot this year about connected learning. Wondering which principles already live in my classroom and how I might breathe life into other.   Our final project this year was to create a digital story. “Production centered” - check. After weeks of reading memoirs and various brainstorming and free write strategies students crafted their own narrative. Drafts were shared with...

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