Presenter: Shweta Karkee, Oral Presentation
Presentation Title: Digital Learning
Faculty Advisor: Mark Warschauer
Digital Learning is the use of technology and media to facilitate the acquisition of new skills, concepts, and ideas. The goal of this study was to examine how creating digital stories, movies that combine a variety of multimedia to produce a narrative, impacted students’ understanding of their identity, ability to use technology, and language art skills. To develop a thorough understanding of students’ experiences, we conducted participant observation with 3rd-to-5th graders at an after-school film club at Marjorie Veeh Elementary. We also analyzed students’ drafts, scripts, and final projects as secondary sources of data. Analysis of our data revealed several themes tying students’ culture and life experiences to their digital story making. Students’ were observed to have a very positive experience with digital learning, which presented itself as very hands-on approach to developing new language arts skills, such as storyboarding and script writing, quickly and effectively.