Igniting Digital Writers in the Classroom

Presented by: Gayle Horsma, Educational Technology Specialist with Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in California
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Are you tired of hearing, “How many sentences or paragraphs must we write?” Do you want to spark your students’ passion for writing? Are you looking for new ways to engage and inspire your students’ writing? In this session, California educational technology specialist Gayle Horsma explored one way to ignite your students’ passion for writing through digital storytelling. With the help of Shutterfly’s free Photo Story App for the iPad, her fifth graders transformed their traditional personal narrative essays into professional quality photo story books. Gayle shared: strategies for story-mapping a student’s work into a photo story book that includes typing, doodling, pictures and audio, an overview of how one fifth grade class transformed a boring personal narrative essay into published books, and easy-to-implement approaches for using the free Photo-Story app with nearly any writing assignment to meet Common Core State Standards. By providing the right tools, students will actively engage in critical thinking and creativity through editing and revising their writing. Gayle shared how digital storytelling will help your students develop a keen focus on details and the visual presentation of their text. View the webinar to learn how digital photo storytelling can transform your students into published authors.