Triggering Event Question: How can third grade students use the internet, power point, audio, and video files in presentation to creatively demonstrate knowledge of a particular topic?
Students use technology every day and finding methods to incorporate these devices in classrooms can greatly benefit learning. ISTE Standard one states: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity. Technological resources are available and can be used by students to creatively express their opinions and ideas. Alaa Sadik (2008) conducted a study in Egyptian classrooms to find the effectiveness of Digital Storytelling, the ability to use the internet and photos to craft a narrative presentation. Results of the study included an increase in student motivation and engagement, deep thinking around personalized topics, and more compelling and interesting presentations due to the wide variety of tools available. However, teachers wanted additional professional development and training to effectively manage and instruct use of these computer resources. Digital storytelling is a great way to inspire student learning and creativity in the classroom that creates an engaging experience for all students. Educators need effective training regarding this tool to thoughtfully find ways to apply it in their classrooms.
A member of my learning community posted an article by Robert J. Marzano (2009) regarding the use of another classroom tool, the interactive white board. A study was conducted involving 85 teachers and 170 classrooms where teachers used interactive whiteboards to teach a set of lessons which they then taught to another group of students without this technology. Results found that there was a relatively equal amount of positive results from the classes with the use of the whiteboards and those without. This shows that teacher instruction and planning is still a crucial aspect of the classroom. The whiteboards can be a tool for both teachers and students to present information but again needs to have adequate training to effectively use these classroom tools. Best classroom practice should be continued with the appropriate and effective use of new technological resources.
Marzano, R. (2009). The Art and Science of Teaching / Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards. Educational Leadership. 67: 80-82.
Sadik, A. (2008). Digital storytelling: a meaningful technology-integrated approach for engaged student learning. Educational Technology Research and Development. 56:487–506.