This Monday I finished my 30 day challenge with The Daily Create on ds106 and I can say I did learn a few things as a result of doing the challenges but I still do not feel like I know or understand much about digital storytelling. In the article about digital storytelling, the definition of this process is given and it is explained to readers why it is a good tool to use in teaching. There is even a list of ideas for teachers on assignments in which digital storytelling can be effectively used. Unfortunately, I was still rather confused about how to create and use digital storytelling. In fact, it wasn’t until I watched an example of digital storytelling that I really understood what it is meant to accomplish. Unfortunately, I still have no idea how to create a digital story like the one I watched.
Just as is the case with digital storytelling, I had no idea what a podcast was until today. Yes, I have heard of podcasts before, but never looked into what they are or why I would want to listen to one. I was however, able to understand better about podcasts as a result of reading the article about Serial and I wanted to know more. I felt a sense of excitement about listening to Serial myself where as I did not find myself looking forward to looking at examples of digital stories.
I can definitely see where knowing how to create podcasts or digital stories would boost creativity among students. I think these would also help students to gain a better sense of organization as well as communication. I could imagine that students would get hooked on listening to podcasts like Serial…I have been listening to the first season of Serial all day and cannot seem to turn it off! And while I do feel these podcasts would be a very good tool and could help pique critical thinking skills in students as well as other areas, I would be concerned about reading comprehension levels decreasing among students.
Although, I do feel strongly that technology should be incorporated into the classroom I have many questions still. How are students learning to create these digital stories or animations or even podcasts? I have not taken a class yet that will teach me specifically how to create these and although some things are better learned on your own, I have not been able to find enough clear information to properly teach me how to create these digital creations. In other words, I need help and I wonder if students are being taught these skills or just being expected to learn on their own.