“Choose to teach differently, and keep students’ curiosity and interests at the heart of everything you do.” -Collette J
Library Digital World Social Issues Curriculum
Library Digital World Social Issues Curriculum
LEAP #3 Digital Storytelling
Leap #2 Collaborate and Create
Michelle and I did our leap 2 project on Digital Learning. We agreed it was an important topic in teaching today. We introduced ourselves first in a email and I discovered Michelle works at a high school with a title coaching/curriculum development. We both discussed technology evolving in teaching and the importance of digital learning in the classroom. We shared our ideas on a Google Doc and decided on a Powtoon presentation. We emailed back and forth since it was the best form of communication. Our focus was goals of digital learning and why don’t more teachers use technology in the classroom. We added our ideas and thoughts on the Powtoon. We finished the video together and completed the work. This project is a great example of brainstorming and crediting something together.
I think the lowlight of this project besides the awkward moment to find a partner was finding time to communicate with each other. We both have busy schedules and did our best to communicate our ideas with each other. Since we don’t live near each other or meet on campus it was different working on a group project. The assignment was completed even though it wasn’t physical together.
Leap #1: Analyse a mentor text #EDC534
THE BEST STORY
This story is motivated by the library having a contest to write the best story and win a rollercoaster ride with her favorite author. The pigtailed blonde character sets out to win the prize but what makes the best story? Her family suggests their amusing ideas on what makes the best story. The character’s brother suggests lots of action and her dad states the funniest stories are best. She rewrites her story every time. Then she asks her aunt which adds the best stories make the audience cry and she rewrites her story again. Then her cousin suggested the best stories have romance but each time it just doesn’t make sense. Then she realizes with her mom’s recommendation that the best story comes from the heart. I choose this book because I like the message of the story. Every family member had a different idea of what makes the best story because the main phrase of the book was “the story just doesn’t seem right”. This story reaches different audience because we can all connect with the main character and trying to add all the features that make the story. I love children’s books with a positive message because young students really need uplifting stories. I hope to read this book to my future students someday.
Summary from School Library Journal
1. Who is the author and what is the purpose?
The Best Story is written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrations by Anne Wilsderf. Eileen writes picture books, poetry, and chapter books. She is an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice book and Christopher Award Winner. This book teaches the importance of characters demonstrating their voice. The main character lacks confidence in her own work but learns to showcase her writing because its authentic. Students should learn after reading this book, they should use their own ideas to create their work. Just like the main character stated in the book “once I started pulling things out of my heart it was hard to stop”. That’s because our best work comes from us. This book has a great message for students and proves writing for students can be a challenge, which I agree, but always stay true.
2. What techniques are used to attract and hold your attention?
This short story has colorful, energetic and quirky illustrations. The colorful pages really grasp the crazy stories with every family member in the story and really captures the moment. The story flows with an image of a pirate, a shark, a monkey, and a girl. It grabs your attention with each extravagant story line and is great for younger students. The text accompanies the pages and makes the story easy to follow along. The setting changed every time the main character changed her story and made it exciting. The story had creative ideas on the family’s different thoughts and included tons of action. The illustrations really grabbed my attention and had a great positive example for students.
3. How might different people interpret this message?
I think this book teaches the importance of believing in yourself and readers should discover the message at the end. The Best Story has a positive message but the quirky story might only appeal to younger students and could be chaotic for some reasons. I think the story is cute and funny. I’m not sure if people would interpret the message differently because the positive example is clear. People need to believe their product is the best and not to impress someone else. I don’t think some people realize that deciding a topic and ideas can be a difficult challenge. Students need to explore and do brainstorming activities. We all have different opinions but what comes from the heart no one can match. It’s also good to understand different people’s ideas and that can help with your own writing. “When students analyze the print and multimedia works of others, they develop heightened awareness of the relationship between a message’s form and its content” (Hobbs,pg145,2017).
4. What lifestyle values, and point of view are represented?
The main character in the story has a difficult process writing a story for the contest. She asks every family member their advice about writing the best story and everyone gives a different answer. The last advice given was to believe in herself and write from the heart. Her mom says “I think the best story is one that comes from the heart. Your own heart”. She starts writing with elements from her own life to make the story her best. This book represents that everybody has different views on what’s best but what matters is the story from her heart. It’s important for kids to choose their topics and write about something that is meaningful to them. Students need to be inspired and motivated to become a writer.
5. What is omitted?
The only part in the story omitted is the ending because it doesn’t write if she won the contest. The ending in this book shows the main character content with writing her best story and not winning. Its a great lesson that we all sometimes forget. I know its not the point of the story but I would love to know if the character won and got to ride the rollercoaster. The main character stated it best “either way, I’ll be happy. I’ll be a winner. Because the story I wrote is my own”. People learn best when they create because creating is a powerful way to demonstrate your learning (Hobbs,2017).
FIVE REASONS YOUNG PEOPLE NEED MEDIA
#Create: Students can learn through classroom media and make connections with the real world. “It can enable young people to create documentaries about social issues and injustices that impact their lives”. Students can interpret the information and learn how they can use the knowledge in society.
#Poverty: Students living in poverty face many challenges because they have “poor housing, health problems, drugs and violence, trauma of migration and separation, racism, sexism, and homophobia”. Students in low income districts lack the access to technology. Educational technology tends to be important and can cause obstacles to learning.
#Strength: The strength based model should promote the students abilities and focus on the positive. Students may experience failure but they are intelligent and talented. We should “understand students’ struggles instead of labeling them at risk” and not changing the system. Students should be put in situations to succeeded and teach students to research their potentical.
#Engage: Students will always be engaged when they get to choose the subjects, ask questions, and tell their own story. Teachers can use media to help critical thinking and facilitate discussions.
#Media: Students always add creative elements to their stories including animation, acting, re-enactments, performing, and narrating videos. Engaging students in collaborative and open ended inquires help create self expression and push them outside their comfort zone.
Buckingham, D. (2018). The challenge of youthmedia. Blog.