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  1. Hey Robert—The quote you chose by George Lucas couldn’t be more true. Our students will never know a world without technology, television or cellphones. As we engage with our current and future students, it is necessary to incorporate multimedia information into our lesson plans. The third advantage that Yup argues is quite true. It is really fun to have students create digital videos of themselves or their family. I once watched a video of an international EFL high school in witch students volunteered to share their experiences of what it was like to migrate to the United States. The digital stories that the students shared were really moving and shared so much about who they are as a person and who they want to become. This “interaction between teller and audience, and community formation through sharing stories” was evident in the school community. Have you ever created digital stories with any of your students before? Thanks for sharing!
    —NG

  2. Matthew Kubiak

    Digital Storytelling has been with us for a long time. It has mostly been used in short productions for entertainment or advertising. I believe that it is now becoming more popular as a learning tool for the classroom. When we think about teaching a language, like English, using DST creates a unique opportunity. How can DST create a feeling of immersion in a language? I think it is possible and would be of value creating perspective and understanding. Instructor involvement with participants could be enhanced by more accurately assessing each students needs, and by working toward unique individual solutions aimed at the same outcome. There will always be challenges, such as technology and environment and as the classroom continues to embrace DST as a solution, the evidence to support it will only grow stronger.

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