Authors: Ninger Zhou, Viet Vu, Ying Xu, David Vogel, Terry Green, Mark Warschauer
Presented at 2017 AERA
Abstract: Digital Storytelling has the potential to enhance students’ understanding of subject content through the construction of meaningful narratives with multimedia tools. However, teachers are often constrained by their limited understanding of this approach and the self-efficacy beliefs to teach effectively with digital storytelling. The current study introduces a framework for a teacher training workshop aimed at enhancing teachers’ self-efficacy in integrating digital storytelling in the curriculum. Eighty-nine teachers from a southern California school district serving minority students participated in the one-week workshop. Before and after the workshop, we distributed self-efficacy surveys to examine changes in teachers’ self-efficacy in using digital storytelling in the classroom. The results showed significant increase in teachers’ self-efficacy, suggesting the positive effect of the training framework.