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Thank you so much for being a part of the EVO: Digital Storytelling with YLs. We are excited to see your stories and how you implement what you will learn into your classroom. We have a Google Doc of this Syllabus for you to download for offline use.

Sincerely Your Moderators,

Shelly Terrell, Esra Girgin, Barbara Sakamoto, Özge Karaoglu, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan, Sabrina De Vita


I. Syllabus


How do we encourage young learners to use the English they learn in a meaningful context?  Children can have access to various online creation and publication tools to share stories. Participants will explore various applications that motivate learners to share their stories through comic creation tools, online tools, mobile devices, and more.


Weekly Outline

By the end of this workshop, participants will have

  • created digital stories using different web tools
  • explored different ways in which digital storytelling can be integrated into teaching YLs
  • connected with other YL educators worldwide
  • had hands-on experience using digital/online/mobile tools to motivate their YLs to create and publish stories
  • developed materials, guidelines, and checklists to help their YLs craft and publish their digital stories
  • learned about Creative Commons Licensing and sites to access music and images for digital stories
  • experienced the process of creating and publishing digital stories which includes storyboarding
  • evaluated various publishing formats for digital storytelling including comics, videos, and interactive formats
  • discovered how to motivate YLs to improve their speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills through digital storytelling
  • collected a library of free websites, tools, and resources to use in their YL classes
  • engaged in discussions about the best ways to integrate technology effectively into the YL curriculum
  • participated in various archived webinars with YL authors and experts


Week 1 Introductions & Simple Online Digital Tools & the Basics

Main Moderators- Esra Girgin, Barbara Sakamoto, Shelly Terrell, Sabrina De Vita
Co-moderators- Özge Karaoglu, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan
Tools Explained- Posterous, Yahoo Groups

During the first week of the course, participants will

  • become familiar with the group tools and forums
  • introduce themselves and begin to establish connections with each other
  • discuss the use of digital storytelling in class
  • learn to create and define a copyright for their creative works
  • learn about online safety and privacy concerns when working with young learners
  • discover new tools they can experiment with throughout the sessions in an online playground
  • set-up profiles in the Posterous Group
  • join and participate in the Wiki and Yahoo Groups


Tasks at a glance:

  • Task 1, Day 1: Join the Yahoo Groups, Posterous, and Wiki. Set-up a profile on the Wiki.
  • Task 2, Days 1-5: 3,2,1 Introduction. Introduce yourself and get to know others by leaving comments.
  • Task 3, Days 3-4: Answer a Survey
  • Task 4, Days 1-5 Learn about Online Safety and Creative Commons licenses 
  • Task 5, Days 1-4: Play in the Sandbox
  •  Task 6, Day 6: Attend our Webinar 


Week 2 Sharing Stories through Comics

Moderators- Jennifer Verschoor, Barbara Sakamoto, Sabrina De Vita
Co-moderator- Shelly Terrell
Tools- ToonDo, Make Believe, Comic Strip Generator
App- Create A Comic

During this week, participants will

  • become familiar with web tools to create comics with young learners.
  • learn how to create comic stories with these tools.
  • reflect on the use of comics in the classroom
  • explore ways to integrate comics in their classroom in ways that improve reading and writing skills of learners
  • discover mobile apps for creating comics
  • create a comic using one of the tools from this week


Tasks at a glance:

  • Task 1, Day 1: Read Janet Bianchini's Scoop.It, view her slideshow presentation, discuss in the YG 
  • Task 2, Day 2: Exploring 2 examples of how teachers have integrated comics into their lessons then discuss in the YG
  • Task 3, Days 1-3: Play in the Sandbox and choose 1 comic generator tool to create a comic.
  • Task 4, Days 3-4: Create a comic using 1 of the comic generator tools or apps.
  • Task 5, Day 6: Attend our Webinar 


Week 3  Video Stories with Young Learners

Moderators- Ozge Karaoglu, David Dodgson  
Co-moderator- Shelly Terrell
Tools- photopeach, zimmertwins, dvolver
Apps- Animoto

During this week, participants will

  • become familiar with web tools to create video stories with YL.
  • learn how to create video stories with animation tools.
  • learn how to produce video stories including pictures, audio, music, transitions, subtitles, effects and animations.
  • explore ways to integrate video stories in lessons that boost writing and speaking skills of the learners.
  • discover mobile apps for creating video stories
  • create a personal narrative or a documentary video story choosing one of the tools.


Tasks at a glance:

  • Task 1, Day 1: Post how you use videos in your classroom and discuss in the YG 
  • Task 2, Day 2: Create an account with Animoto or Photopeach and discuss in the YG 
  • Task 3, Day 3: Create an account for GoAnimate and discuss in the YG 
  • Task 4, Days 3-4: Watch an example of digital storytelling videos in the classroom, try MailVu, and discuss the pros and cons of using videos in the classroom in the YG
  • Task 5, Day 5: Play in the Sandbox with other video creation tools, create a video and post the video to the Posterous group.
  • Task 6, Day 4: Attend our Webinar



Week 4  Collaborative Digital Stories

Moderators- Michelle Worgan, Dave Dodgson
Co-moderator- Shelly Terrell
2 Tools-  Pbworks, Wikispaces, Voicethread
Apps- Posterous

During this week participants will:

  • be introduced to collaborative web 2.0 tools that can be used for story-telling
  • discover mobile apps for creating collaborative stories
  • learn how to use a variety of collaborative tools for both writing stories and narrating stories with audio
  • look at ways such tools can be used to enhance regular lessons
  • discover forums for connecting with YL teachers worldwide to create collaborative stories
  • participate in and contribute to the development of different stories using the tools demonstrated
  • share and discuss their own ideas for developing stories digitally
  • consider the teacher’s role in a collaborative story and how it should be guided and/or moderated


Tasks at a glance:


  • Task 1, Days 1-3: What are collaborative digital stories? View examples and post reflections in the YG
  • Task 2, Days 2-5: Sign-up for Voicethread and post reflections in the YG
  • Task 3, Day 3: Discuss the pros and cons of using a wiki for collaborative written stories in the YG
  • Task 4, Days 3-5: Create your own collaborative story with other participants and post the story to the Posterous group!
  • Task 5, Days 4-6: Showcase your work by attending our webinar. 


Week 5  Wrap-up

Moderators- Sabrina De Vita, Shelly Terrell   
List of Free Ebooks- Digital Storytelling Tools by Silvia Tolisano, Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources by Shelly Terrell, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom by MicroSoft
Co-moderators- Özge Karaoglu, Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Esra Girgin, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan

During this week, participants will

  • collect various resources, links, and materials related to digital storytelling
  • share and discuss their own ideas for developing stories digitally
  • reflect on their learning and how they will apply these new discovered tools
  • revisit the tool playground
  • comment on each other’s stories
  • complete an online evaluation about their experience taking this course


Tasks at a glance:


  • Task 1, Days 1-2: In the Yahoo Group please share with us your reflections of the course.
  • Task 2, Days 1-3: Pick a Sandbox Tool and Create a Story, post a reflection of your experience in the Yahoo group and upload your story to the Posterous group. 
  • Task 3, Days 3-4: Evaluate the EVO session by filling out our survey
  • Task 4, Day 6: Attend our Webinar



IV. Online Platforms

(these are the platforms where we will be hosting our EVO session)

  • Our Wiki- hosts our bios, our participant projects, our resources
  • Our Livebinder of Resources- Click each tab to find a comprehensive list of our bookmarks, links, tools, etc. You can also copy this and edit it how you please.
  • Posterous Spaces- Blog that also would list our participants profiles and link to their Posterous web portfolio of work and reflections on each task
  • Our Yahoo group- for discussion and collaboration for participants
  • Twitter hashtag - #DigiKids


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