Belgium - Digital Storytelling for European New Teachers CONTEXT
The pilot took place within a four month Erasmus programme at University College Leuven-Limburg involving a local primary and secondary school. PARTICIPANTS
25 trainee teachers from 8 countries. A storyteller. University staff. Teachers. One class of 16 year olds. Two classes of 12 year olds. TIMESCALE
April to May 2015 including 5 days in schools. The second TALES digital pilot involved older children (12-16) and, critically an international group of trainee teachers (the “European New Teachers”). A number of questions were asked at the beginning if the pilot: How does the opportunity to create a digital narrative allow pupils, students, teachers, storytellers to tell unheard stories (ethos phase in digital storytelling)? Can digital storytelling be used as didactic tool, even by teachers who are no digital natives? How does digital storytelling contribute to the acquisition of the European key competences? How does digital storytelling engage students, pupils and teachers?
What We Did CREOS students CREOS is a creative module aimed at enhancing the creative competences of both teacher trainees in the Erasmus program) and pupils/students. The students attended the storytelling festival in Alden Biesen and had a storytelling workshop by a professional storyteller to increase their storytelling skills. They also received a lesson on digital storytelling by a lecturer of UCLL (Why is digital storytelling an emerging pedagogical tool? Digital storytelling as learning tool for the YouTube generation? The digital storytelling cookbook). One of the students led a workshop on Movie Maker. They read Tove Jansson’s ‘The Summer Book’ In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distils the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature