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Digital Storytelling Project: Learning Theories in the Classroom

As introduced earlier, Module 4′s project uses digital storytelling to tell the tale of a student or group of students struggling to learn a concept and their eventual success. The “twist” is that your story will also show how (a)differences in students’ previous understanding, AND/OR (b)differences in teaching strategies affect what students learn.

Additional guidelines for the project are presented below.

Content Requirements:

  • Tell a story about learners learning. “Learners” may be young students, graduate students, fellow adults, nurses, fellow teachers, etc. “Learning” may involve any new concept, information, or skill.
  • The main method of instruction should illustrate basic tenets of one (or several) of the learning theories reviewed in Module 3 (e.g., behaviorism, social-information processing, social constructivism, situated learning, observational learning, etc.). You may also use an integrated learning framework, such as cognitive apprenticeship or the overlapping waves theory (both presented in the introduction to Module 4). Specific references to learning theories and/or integrated frameworks should be made EXPLICIT in your description of the instructional method.
  • Students should demonstrate their understanding in a manner relevant to your learning perspective. For example, a social constructivist perspective might depict less and less scaffolding. A behaviorist may depict learning in response to conditioning. A Piagetian adaptation view may depict cognitive disequilibrium eventually giving way to new understandings. The way in which student learning will be assessed should be made explicit.
  • The “twist” — Your project should demonstrate how (a) differences in students’ previous understanding, AND/OR (b) differences in teaching strategies affect what students learn.

Technology Requirements:

  • Use Apple’s iMovie or Microsoft’s MovieMaker (or similar software) to produce your video project.
  • Your project should include images and sound in engaging and thoughtful ways.
  • Make a title slide and a credit slide. All references for images and/or sound should be cited on the credit slide.
  • The project should be well produced (e.g., if music is added, it should be added for effect, tone, or mood and thereby add to the experience rather than distract the listener).

Before beginning, you may also want to review the Digital Storytelling Rubric

Assignment to
(1) Reading & Short Video

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(2) Discussion Forum – Planning Your Project…

  • You should now be ready to plan your project and gather and edit the images you will use to telly your digital story. As you do so, please take a moment and describe your plans to your classmates.
  • Specifically, please describe (a) your learning situation, (b) the “twist,” and (c) the way you will go about gathering images for for your story.

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