Enhancing literacy skills through digital video production
Increasingly, teachers are being asked to address an ever-broader notion of literacy – one that includes new forms of digital literacy, related to the multimedia technologies students routinely interact with (e.g., blogs, wikis and social networking websites). Yet how can teachers integrate digital literacy with the State’s curriculum which underscores the importance of traditional forms of print and oral literacy?
Student-created films and videos are one possibility that affords an opportunity to integrate print, oral, and digital literacies into a compelling curriculum unit. Incorporating student-created video production into the curriculum not only broadens the notion of what constitutes “literacy” and “texts” in the classroom but also serves to reinforce traditional forms of literacy through the creation of storyboards, scripts, and other print works.
Furthermore, the opportunity to create their own videos may generate genuine enthusiasm for learning on the part of students. Students retain a high degree of ownership, not only of the video production process, but also of the personally meaningful stories the students told through video.