Let Me Show You What I Know: Putting Technology Into the Hands of Students

This course will support you as you integrate 21st Century Digital Storytelling pedagogy into a curriculum unit of study. While digital storytelling is often thought of as a literacy activity, it should also be seen as a way to demonstrate understanding in any content area. As the Common Core focuses more on informational texts, digital storytelling allows students an accessible means to present their learning. 

Participants will be introduced to the different ways students can share their learning through technology. Participants will reshape an existing lesson, or build a new one, to include these tools to enhance your teaching and/or your students’ learning. Activities include readings and/or videos, with periods for discussion and reflection. Using Backwards Design theory and a Constructivist approach, you will design a lesson that supports the curriculum by creating a digital storytelling project experience for your students.

Module 1:  In this session, an overview of ‘digital storytelling’ is presented. Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind” will be discussed and reflected upon. 

Module 2:  In this session participants will explore digital storytelling in the classroom, its connection to the Common Core, and how it can impact a student’s ability to show what they know and understand.  

Module 3: This session will have participants digging deeper into digital storytelling in the classroom, providing tips for creating a successful lesson that integrates digital storytelling, and exploring digital comic tools for demonstrating understanding. 

Module 4: In this Module you will learn about ‘digital storytelling’ apps!  You will not only learn about a wide range of apps but will be able to search for tools and resources by learning goal and by mobile device. 

Course Details

Audience Classroom teachers and specialists, grades 2-12 
Level Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor Donna Gath Criswell 
Dates Begins1/8/18 to 2/5/18 (4 weeks)
Earn 12 hours of certificate of participation
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
PrerequisitesBasic computer and internet skills 
Graduate Credit (Optional) At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Donna Gath Criswell 

Donna Criswell has been and Instructional Technology Specialist for many years, most recently for the Sudbury K-8 district.  Donna believes that putting the tools into the hands of both teachers AND students, letting them learn through play, is key to ensuring successful and seamless integration and adoption.  Donna has presented at numerous conferences throughout the area.  She provides professional development for the EDCO Collaborative and Framingham State University.  She was invited to participate in Intel’s “Teach for America”, Teach Advanced Online seminar in the UK in 2012 and was a teacher leader for the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute in 2010 and 2011.

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Let Me Show You What I Know: Putting Technology Into the Hands of Students
January 8, 2018 – February 5, 2018 
(4 online weekly sessions)

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