I have joined two professional learning communities this week: the National Writing Project and November Learning Connect.
Both of these groups provide me with resources about digital storytelling and about the use of technology
to form connections with classrooms around the world. They also provide me with colleagues with whom to share ideas.
It is encouraging to find communities of educators with similar interests and ideals to my own, all engaged in the ongoing learning process that is technology integration.
I have also downloaded the software Photostory and started experimenting with that a bit. I am eager to produce my own digital story as an example of what can be done when writing is integrated with storytelling technology. However, I want my story to be about English content, not about digital story making. I would like to use this technology to help students who struggle with texts become more deeply engaged in the literature I teach. Digital storytelling, when combined with traditional literature, can communicate a sense of time, place, and perspective that struggling readers do not always gather from a novel. More to come...