After a long summer break here we are again! The last year of my degree and what better way to start the year then an ICT session. In the previous module, last year, we looked and storytelling via media, we had been introduced to several apps which most of us were unfamiliar with to start off with.
The first session began by discussing what we are expected to cover over the next six sessions and how the module will be taught. Helen had asked if we needed a refresher on how to blog but all of felt quite confident to do this ourselves. She then moved on to explain that we can use the help page on the class blog if we needed assistance. Last year we had added some of our resources on the ‘resource bank’ where we can view other resources related to our early year’s specialism. The group has also been introduce to a new blog page called ‘the community’ where we can share ideas and thoughts, post comments on current ICT theme and complete any tasks set out.
The first half of the session was a great reminder of all the different apps and web tools available to enhance storytelling. I have listed a few below:
Tellagami, green screening, felt board, thinglink, morfo, puppet pals, explain everything, video scribe, mash cams, pic collage, story bird and story jumper.
The primary aim of the session was to plan, produce and share an app used for storytelling as well as how it can be used in either early years or ks1. One key question here was that do children learn better by ‘physical’ or ‘digital’? Or does one enhance the other? Naz and I worked together to think about the type of resource we wanted to create, we had both discussed how to incorporate talk, writing, quality and collaboration into our teaching. Below are some suggestions we had made:
in the previous year we had looked at several apps, so this year Naz and I had decided to choose an app which we hadn’t used before, to broaden our skill set. There was one app in particular that we both liked due to its versatility in the classroom, which is an app called ‘Telegami’. This app allows you to record you voice which then is said by an avatar in front of a background of your choice. We had decided to go with a idea of the class teacher who is running late but there is a special surprise for the children in the class, which is a rabbit, that will be the class pet. The teacher asks the children to write about where the rabbit came from, who the rabbit belongs to, how and when it got to the classroom and what it is doing here. Before I discuss the app in further detail I have uploaded what we had created.
There were several benefits of using this app, one of which was, how simple it is to use! We both felt that this app would be a fantastic tool for children to use in schools as it is very quick and if modelled correctly, the children could quite simply do this either independently or in pairs. Although, here the teacher had used the app for an introduction for a story, this app still could be used by the children in the following lessons. I would highly recommend ‘Telegami’ for children to use in schools as the teacher would be able to manipulate this app for any chosen topic. The app allows you to pick your own backdrop, for example, if the children where doing a lesson on the great fire of London they could get pictures of Pudding lane/ any old burnt down street and record a report of what had happened.
Yes the children could just write a report and draw a picture, but how amazing would it be it they can write what they are going to say in their repost combined with an actual visual media product. By simply using this app in this scenario, children benefit from writing and planning what they want to say, using the internet to find appropriate pictures, record there voices (which will help the children to be in character), recall facts of the great fire of London and have a finished, almost professional looking, product. Telegami is also beneficial to suit the needs and levels of all children as, in my opinion, it is very adaptable. children can either record their voices, write text or do both. As a teacher the key feature of using an app like Telegami is that they have recorded evidence of the children’s work. It may be quite evident that I personally like this app but for our media based teaching resource we will be using a different app, I felt that it was important to give an example of how else this app can be used.
Recently I have been reading the “Inside Pre-K” blog, It covers various relevant topic applicable to early years. One blog which I found was relevant to today’s session was “Digital Storytelling,” which is basically means to tell a story through a range of multimedia such as, music, video, still images and audio narration.
Technology is too often associated with older children’s learning but Inside Pre-K highly recommends using digital storytelling as a means to motivate and engage younger children by:
- Taking photographs
- Drawing pictures and scanning the images
- And recording them telling a story in their own words.
There are many steps involved in creating a digital story, below is a simple Popplet I have created to show the various stages:
It is evident that children can build on a number of skills through the use of digital storytelling although, for younger children it could take a longer period of time to complete the story. Inside Pre-k suggests that each of the steps could be broken down into one step a day, for example, taking/ finding pictures one day, then sequencing the next day and so on.
I have always known how beneficial storytelling is to young children but I haven’t ever thought of it from a digital view point. During my previous school placement the only digital storytelling which was evident was the interactive stories the children listened to at the end of the day on the IWB. This session has taught me that digital storytelling build on several other key skills for young children through a fun and engaging way. In the future I would like to build on my knowledge and seek new ways to use apps and web tools to enhance storytelling digitally.