1. Lisa

    Hi Robert,
    I enjoyed your review. I had no idea the proliferation of smartphones in Korea. I wonder about mobile access to other countries—is there anywhere that Apple hasn’t infiltrated? And the ROK being the most connected country intrigues me. There are so many emerging apps for learning on smaller platforms—it’s a great opportunity for mobile learning in your field. You could even make some yourself with appy pie and iMovie etc.. So much available for developing content. Well wishes on your teaching endeavors; that’s so exciting!

    • Robert

      Hi Lisa, I hope to produce some short films in the very near future. There are indeed many emerging apps, to the point that it is often difficult to stay focused, but exciting. Thanks for your kind words!

  2. Louiza Kon

    This week I read the “Digital Storytelling in the Foreign Language Classroom” article authored by Martha E. Castaneda and Nohelia Rojas-Miesse where it is mentioned that “…most digital projects in the US are typically completed in English courses for native speakers” and that “Few manuscripts have been published that discuss or investigate digital storytelling in the foreign language classroom.” I believe these ideas support the argument that “EFL teachers don’t seem to be taking advantage of digital storytelling”. Although the importance of technology in education has increased significantly, some educators indeed believe that technology is always expensive and they are not aware of free web based tools. I am very interested in learning more about the way you implement DST in your EFL classroom.

    • Robert

      Hi Louiza, thanks for the comment! I’ll have a look at the article you refer to and possibly respond to it in this course, as it sounds like a worthwhile read. I am still developing ideas for our curriculum, but will be happy to share them in the future. We are still learning, but hope to start teaching in the near future.

  3. Hey Robert,

    I chose to read your blog posts because teaching EFL is something that I aspire to do once I am finished with this program. It was really interesting to hear that ROK is the most connected country in the world; I had no idea! From my teaching experience, I too have noticed that some educators think that they need ‘cutting edge’ technology for their students. How wrong they are! Digital storytelling with ESL children is a great way to build comprehension, background knowledge, and literacy skills. It is also a fun way to connect with your students and it allows ELL the opportunity to hear and visually connect with the story being told. I look forward to hearing how your resources come along and please share them! I am eager to find new resources and digital stories for my emergent learners as well.

    • Robert

      Hi Nickolette, of course, it depends on the source of the statistics, but Korea is either the most connected, or very near the top of the list. I returned to College in my mid-fifties and earned a minor in English, as well as a TESOL certificate, with teaching EFL in Asia as the goal. I then discovered the ILT program and immediately realized its value, so here I am living in Korea while working on my masters. I’m quite fortunate! I will share my experience with you, including any resources I discover. Good luck!

  4. Lori

    Great article for you to choose, so applicable to your current teaching. You will be one of the EFL teachers “taking advantage” of the power of DST for learning language. It is a wonderful way for language learners to create Language Experience Stories — stories they tell about themselves in order to make language learning relevant for them.

    • Robert

      Hi Lori, thanks for your feedback on DST and EFL. This course has provided me with many interesting ideas, and now I must learn the craft.

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