EVO, Digitalstorytelling4kids and the tool of the week

I took a challenge this month. Yes, it’s EVO time and there are wonderful sessions for every teacher’s needs. As I’m a big fan of using digital tools in the classroom I decided to take the Digital Storytelling for Young Learners. The course is moderated by a dream team, Shelly Terrell, Esra Girgin, Barbara Sakamoto, Özge Karaoglu, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan, and Sabrina De Vita. I’m very busy with lots of so many things these days, but from the very first day I realised how correct my decision was to be at the course.

The course has three working spaces:

  1. The wiki, for assigning tasks and tutorials.
  2. Yahoo group for discussions
  3. Posterous for showcasing participants’ digital stories.

As in all courses, the sessions started with greetings and introductions. The first task was very creative and the digital introductions were great. I learned new tools, saw how others used the ones that I love and use and saw how others used the ones that I didn’t like but seeing them convinced me to go back and try them again.

I discovered Google Search Stories via Esra Girgin’s introduction and I loved it very much.

It is very easy to use:

Just type in your searches and select the kind of results that is most suitable for your story. You add music and send it to YouTube to share it with the world.

I’m planning to use it

  • To introduce a topic
  • As a pre-reading and awareness raising activity before starting to read a short story or a novel

And also I will ask my students to use it

  • To summarise the story they’ve read
  • To introduce a topic

And I’m sure I’ll come up with something else later, but if you do please, tell me.

And you can watch my stories, the 1st one is a poem from our Comenius project reading list by the Nobel winner Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska


and an idea how to assign a writing task for my students


3 comments on “EVO, Digitalstorytelling4kids and the tool of the week
  1. Pingback: EVO, Digitalstorytelling4kids and the tool of the week : A Journey in TEFL | TeachingEnglish | Scoop.it

  2. Hello,

    My name is Eleanor Pomerat. I am commenting again on your blog as an assignment for my EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I looked at the Digital Storytelling for Young Learners link, not only does it look like a great course, but it also looks like a wonderful resource and chance for networking.

    I watched your Google Search Stories videos and I loved your idea of assigning something to students through one of them. The creativity possibilities with Google Search Stories videos seem endless. Do you think the videos could also be used to highlight key vocabulary words?

    This Sunday(Feb. 12),I will be posting a summary post of my comments on your blog.

    Eleanor Pomerat

    Here is a link to the class blog:
    My Blog:
    My Twitter:

  3. Hi Eva, I forgot to mention on my earlier comment that I am a student at the University of South Alabama taking EDM 310. I have never heard of digital storytelling before, but I am very interested in it after hearing you describe it. I think by showing a video of a topic you are introducing or as a pre-reading of a novel, you will really help the students understand whatever you are trying to teach them. You are really using technology in a way that draws in the students and I look forward to using some of your methods when I one day teach.

    Link to my EDM 310 Class Blog: My EDM 310 Class Blog

    Link to my blog: My Blog

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