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Well. As you all know by now (hopefully, I mean, you’d be incredibly unobservant if you don’t), I love Final Fantasy XIV. I love it even more, when my beloved boyfriend is dungeoning with me and we get to kill shit together. It’s a nice bonding time, and when we actually did it (we don’t anymore. He discovered Bloodborne), we would dungeon and listen to “Welcome to Nightvale,” the single greatest podcast of our time.

Basically, it sounds like a typical run of the mill radio show of a…normal…town. That is, if normal involved unknowable libraries, floating cats, amazing hairstyles, a rivalry between the obviously inferior and desolate wasteland known as Desert Bluffs, forbidden dog parks, and teaching illiterate spiders to read is normal. I mean, we need to stop the madness and actually teach these spiders.


Please teach me to read? Photo CC by Mario Madrona

Seriously Though

Digital Storytelling comes in many formats, not just podcasts. They can be done with stories, posts on your favorite social media sites, literally whatever you’d like. I live and breathe for stories…if you hadn’t gathered yet. So, needless to say, digital storytelling is something that I’m already familiar with. In prior posts, I had mentioned rps and I already share some of my own stories via this here blog.

Now imagine being a part of the story with the students, not just telling it. Photo CC by Local Studies NSW

Now imagine being a part of the story with the students, not just telling it. Photo CC by Local Studies NSW

As for the classroom, why not spicen things up a bit with some digital story-telling? Introduce students to the wonderful world of story telling through a medium they already know and understand (whether you want them to or not, it’s part of the culture, baby)–technology.

As we’ve already covered, it’s a wonderful tool if used correctly, and can be a wonderful instrument to teach our kids to be creative. What if when students were playing on their phones and tablets, they were actually creating something? Think of it–writing stories, encouraging critical thinking by listening to stories imagining what’s going on, and even better–sharing their work with others to critique so they can improve. The anonymity of the Internet provides honest critiques if you form your right PLN, and if you teach your kids how to actually use the technology at their fingertips, they will have ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM.

I don’t really understand the reluctance behind this. Studies have shown that students who are more interested in their work do better. It’s proven already. On several different mediums. So get to them on their level. Not all students are like me. Not everyone wants to sit down and read Of Mice and Men and cry their hearts out for about three days. Some students want to see what modern people or even better, students like themselves are creating.

However, the Internet can be a dangerous place. So, I can see how some parents would be leery of it. BUT, there is hope! Private forums and groups are a thing. It can  be monitored, though I would suggest against it, at least on the parental’s front. That would probably keep the child from reaching full potential, unless the student decides to share her/his work. There are so many opportunities out there, why not reach out and take them?

And now. The weather.