Tools, Tasks, and Strategies: Multimodal Shadowplays and Digital Storytelling
Brian Giza, University of Texas at El Paso, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Shadow plays have a long history in a variety of world cultures. In the activity described in this paper, the Tools, Tasks, and Strategies framework for technology integration is used to describe how shadowplays in elementary classrooms can serve as a vehicle for understanding how the TTS framework functions - and to develop engaging language arts lessons. A number of different strategies as well as a variety of tools are utilized to accomplish the same learning task: helping children learn to express themselves in multiple ways. Along with more traditional tools, Free and Open Source Software (often referred to as FOS Software) is combined with low-cost video-tools (webcams and mobile device cameras) to develop technology skills in diverse groups, including Second-Language Learners. Low-cost tools of this kind increase access to technology in education and provide new options for student expression and development of both language and technology skills.
Giza, B. (2013). Tools, Tasks, and Strategies: Multimodal Shadowplays and Digital Storytelling. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1645-1651). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).