High Altitude Digital Storytelling

I don’t know why it took me this long to find this, but there’s a great overview of a digital storytelling project published by the Colorado Association of Libraries.  It’s called Once Upon an App: The Process of Creating Digital Storytimes for Preschoolers by Kate Lucey and Melissa Della Penna (Douglas County Libraries, of eBook fame).

This article chronicles the very beginning stages of developing a digital storytelling program. Their development process took into consideration the Every Child Ready to Read‘s 6 Early Literacy Skills,  as well as the follow-up Five Early Literacy Practices, and ISTE‘s concept of digital literacy. There’s a great table that outlines these skills (below).

Six Early Literacy Skills Five Early Literacy Practices
  • Phonological Awareness: Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.
  • Narrative Skills: Being able to describe things and events, and tell stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Letter Knowledge: Knowing the names, sounds, and shapes of letters.
  • Vocabulary: Knowing the names of things.
  • Print Awareness: Noticing print as it surrounds you in the environment.
  • Print Motivation: Having fun with books.
  • Talking: Helps children learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills, and develops all skills featured in ECRR 1st Edition.
  • Singing: Increase awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words and develops letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and vocabulary.
  • Playing: Represents one of the primary ways children learn about the world and gain understanding about stories.
  • Reading: Remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers and develops all six early literacy skills.
  • Writing: Helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.

The authors recount the history of the project, the process of getting to know the audience, creating goals for the program and selecting apps.  This is what their final program looked like:

  • Go Away Big Green Monster app – Read by the Librarian
  • Go Away Big Green Monster app – Musical Version
  • Old Mac Donald Had a Farm app – Rhythm sticks also used by children to keep the beat as they sang along
  • Build-It-Up app – Mimics a color- and shape-identification flannel board
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App – Read aloud by the librarian, as well as the recorded version by the author Mo Williams
  • “Can You Clap” – Song played on iPad performed by Sue Schnitzer from the CD Can You Nap
  • Puppet Pals app – Character-based story created by the children and the librarian
  • “Teddy Bear Playtime” – Song played on iPad performed by Hap Palmer from the CD So Big
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Posted on October 16, 2012, in Early Literacy, Libraries, Media Literacy, Story Time and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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