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Step Outdoors with Digital Storytelling: Integrating Storytelling & Science
Wednesday April 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Rebecca J. Morris, MLIS, Ph.D., Adjunct LIS Faculty & Topic Center Editor, School Library Connection
Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited
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Today’s K-12 digital storytelling encompasses a range of tools, formats, and contexts for learning. At one time, digital storytelling was seen mostly as montages of images and videos set to music and narration. Although today’s classroom and school library applications still include this form, students, teachers, and school librarians can now use an array of approaches to tell digital stories, including tweets, mini-videos, single-image stories, and “Draw My Life” whiteboard narratives. Through storytelling contexts from science content to poetry and self-reflection, digital storytelling fosters creativity, collaboration, digital literacy, and critical thinking. This form of content creation aligns with a range of cross-curricular learning objectives and school library standards.
In this edWebinar, Dr. Rebecca J. Morris shares apps and lesson ideas for integrating digital storytelling into curriculum, with a focus on science topics. Assessment of student learning and practical strategies for facilitating digital storytelling will also be discussed.
Librarians and educators are invited to watch this recorded session to learn how to integrate science with storytelling.
About the Presenter
Rebecca J. Morris, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies of the School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Morris earned her doctoral and master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and kindergarten education from The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Dr. Morris has a professional background as an elementary classroom teacher and middle school librarian, and she currently teaches graduate courses in school library curriculum, children’s materials and services, and digital media production. Her research interests include educational preparation of school librarians and digital storytelling. Dr. Morris is an active member and committee leader within the American Association of School Librarians. She is the author of School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders.
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