SAT: Innovative Storytelling: A study of Traditional and Digital Storytelling in the Primary Classroom (Helen Meyer)
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Dr Simon Ball
5 February 2014
The presentation will portray the values of innovative storytelling in primary school classrooms by looking at traditional and digital storytelling.
Stories are an intrinsic part of our society. The influence of storytelling can be seen in all aspects of life from movies, books, religions, to paintings and music to name but a few. Stories are everywhere. They define our dreams, values, fears and prejudices. Stories help us define who we are.
With the arrival of new technologies and their consequent integration within educational curriculums, teachers and students face an abundance of attractive opportunities and activities which can replace and complement more traditional teaching and learning methods. Digital storytelling is one such possibility. The presentation will explain what digital storytelling is and give a brief overview of digital storytelling as an example of an innovative practice supported by Kuboni et al.’s (2006) definition of innovation as “making changes to something established by introducing something new”.
Attention will be paid as to why storytelling (whether traditional or digital) is important in education. The aim of the course H818 is to “share knowledge and practice...through online dissemination and informed through engagement with others in peer reflection” (Open University, 2013). Each and everyone one of us share a wide variety of personal experiences, values and ways of understanding. We use language as a tool to shape our thoughts and feelings as well as exchanging information and ideas. We tell our own stories and reach out and connect with one another. The presentation will emphasise that stories can link not only between the world of classroom and home but also between the classroom and beyond.
Telling stories in a digital and creative manner calls for change in practice, understanding and skills for both teachers and students. The presentation will highlight these changes and use case studies, videos and research literature to look at how different storytelling techniques have already been put into use by students and teachers. Particular focus will be given to show how students and teachers benefit from creating and using digital stories.
The advantages and disadvantages of innovative storytelling will be explored and also its suitability within primary classroom settings. The 21st century skills that students gain through using digital storytelling will be identified and researchers’ arguments will be examined and weighed in the light of different perspectives.
Finally the presentation will examine the factors that teachers need to consider to successfully incorporate innovative storytelling in the classroom. The analysis will reveal the implications and make recommendations for those working with children in a primary setting. In presenting this paper I will share examples, the process of construction and reflections on the children’s use of digital storytelling.