Using ICT in Storytelling

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, placement, Story Telling | Posted on September 30, 2014

First day back at university and its the first day of year 3, my third an final year of teacher training! First lecture back and it’s ICT. This time last year I had left the session feeling frustrated that a lot of the contecnt had gone over my head. I felt I had little confidence or experience and found some of the technology really hard to use. This year, the first ICT lecture was a completely different story! My confidence is much higher and I feel I have  much better understanding of technology, the softwares and apps and the vocabulary. Being on two further teaching placements have allowed me to use some of the technology, and see the positive benefiits and results that can be found when using it with children.

Story telling is a vital part of child development. It helps a child develop a wider vocabulary, a greater understanding of language and language comprehension and it can also help develop a childs confidence. Some children may have the most wonderful ideas when it comes to creating a story, but may struggle to get this story into a written form. This is where the use of technology becomes very useful. There are many apps on the ipads for example that can allow a child to create a story without the need for written language. Children can verbally tell the story and add their own artwork or photographs to help tell the story. My last teaching placement I was working with a child in the writing area in the nursery. The particular child had a aprticular fondness for superheros. The staff had been trying very hard over the past few weeks to encourage the child to begin to mark marks and to write his name. The child sat next to me and drew picture after picture of superhero in a notebook and it was an absolute delight to hear the child explain what was happening on each page. As the child drew, I wrote down the story he was telling to me so that we could share it with the rest of the children in the nursery at the end of the session. I explained to the child I needed him to put his name on the book so that the children knew who the very important author who wrote the book was, and the child happily obliged and attempted to copy his name from the name card on the table.  As a surprise I took photographs of the book the child had created. I then uploaded these into iMovie and shared this with the child and then the rest of the class which the child absolutely enjoyed. It was fantastic to see how the child responded to this and it was great to see him then attemot to make and write a story the next day. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to extend this learning or offer the opportunity to other children to use the technology to tell their own stories.

Below is the pictoral version of the book created by the child. He then explained as this was on what was happening in each picture to his friends.

 

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It was good to refresh our memories on some ot the apps and web based programmes available to help support children and teachers in storytelling. We were introduced to some new apps such as shadowpuppet edu on the ipad. This is an app Iam unfamiliar with but would like to experiment and learn more about in the near future.

Another method of stroytelling we were introduced to was Green Screening. This is something again I have never had the opportunity to do. I think it would be a great tool to use with children, as it would allow them to appear in their own stories and they can instantly be transported to any location using the technology to create a scene behind them.

Puppet pals is an app I really enjoy using. I find this app simple to use and understand and this is an app I have not yet had the chance to use with children on teaching practice, but would love to have a go with. I recently upgraded my app to Puppet Pals too and was really impressed with the extra features this newer app has to offer.

I really liked the idea of Tellagami. I have never seen this app but I think this would be a fantastic tool to use for introducing a new idea to the class. The teacher can create an avatar based upon either themselves, one of the children or a completely random character perhaps from another planet. I think children would find this very engaging and I imagine they would be very keen to create their own avatar to tell the story they have produced to the rest of the class. This wouold also be a fantastic way to encourage a less confident child to speak to the rest of the class. The child can use theri own voice to share their work without the embarrassment sometimes caused by having to stand up and speak out loud in front of people.

 

To find out more about Tellagami click on the picture below to be taken to the website.

 

The idea of making an ebook is also a fantastic activity to make with children. I have been asked on a previous placement in a reception class, how do you make books? This would allow the children to explore the concept of making their own book, and it would also allow them to experience the proceeses that must be gone through. Children can learn about creating their storyline, their characters and this also allows opportunities for children to practise writing skills, communication and crtical thinking and imaginative skills. Some of the sugested websites and apps for these ideas were a little complicated I thought but I really liked the Story Jumper web based programmes that allowed children to create ebooks using their own photographs and text.

To find out more about Story Jumper click on the link below.

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Story telling no longer has to be about providing a child with a piece of paper and telling them to sit and write a story. ICT offers new ways for these stories to be interactive, cross curricular and done using multiple forms of media. ICT use in story telling allows all children to participate whether it be taking photos for the story, narrating their story using an avatar or creating their own books using pictures and text. ICT also allows the teacher to explore new ways of telling a story rather than the traditional sit down and read a book scenario. However I still firmly believe children need to be taught the fundamental skillls of physically writing their ideas and stories on to paper, as well as listeninng to a story from a book or reading a book.