Hello fellow educators! I teach first and second grade at an international school in Taiwan and I am looking for a classroom to do a digital story exchange with. My students have worked with the H.S. 10th grade students over the past several weeks and have written, designed and are now recording their stories together. These stories will become digital files that we can easily share. It would be fantastic if we could share our final products with other classrooms around the globe. What would be even more ideal is if your classroom could create and share stories with us! Perhaps we could even take it another step forward, down the road, and our classes can create digital stories together! Please let me know if you are interested in collaborating with us on this idea or even if you are willing to share our stories in your classroom.
Also, I have a couple of students who are very interested in art and drawing and I am trying to find a couple of students, in other parts of the world, who share this interest, and who would be interested in having an equivalent to a pen pal in Taiwan, but the focus would be art projects and collaboration as opposed to only letters. If you have a student in your class or know of someone who would be interested, please comment.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
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thank you so much for this link. i will definitely look into it more.
I teach a 6th
grade class in Brazil that has just finished writing a collaborative short
story and is willing to share it with others. We had almost lost hope in making
this happen, as in the past we tried it with storywrite.com and no one ever
replied. So, reading your words was extra exciting for both me and my students.
I don't think
the plot is very appropriate for 1st/2nd graders, though, but I’m sure it'll
fit the 10th grade class fine. Is there any possibility of having this digital
exchange with middle or high students? It would be ideal if we held the short
story exchange with older kids and if my students were the revisers/editors of
your 1st grade students’ work.
Hope we can make
this happen and provide to our students an exciting learning experience.
Thanks, Andrea. I can understand that Grade 6 and Grade 1/2 have very different interests in reading. I teach Grade 1 to Grade 6 in my school. Do you mind sending me the stories and let my 6th graders try? I will also contact my high school students and see if any of them are interested. Please wait for me. If it is possible, we want to work with you too. Best wishes.
I'll send you their short story on the 16th, when we're back from the holiday. Should I upload the file here?
I took my 4th grade students to Taipei to an international summer camp at Kang Chaio Bilingual School in 2004 and 2007. Loved being in Taiwan! Now I'm in teacher education at Western IL University (bigger kids). I would love to show some of your digital story work to my future teachers if you have samples or they are posted somewhere. I have some examples of Taiwan/US project work at www.smithclass.org.
Thanks so much for expressing an interest in sharing our stories with your students, even though they are "bigger." We are still in the process of finishing them and then they will need a bit of editing, so it'll be a couple of weeks, but I will be sure to let you know when they are finished. Thanks for sharing the link to your projects as well. I agree, Taiwan is a really wonderful place. I'm definitely enjoying being here. I will be in touch again soon.
This sounds interesting, but I cannot do that until next term after Christmas. Hope this will be a good timeframe for you. Let me know. Thanks
Let's plan together for next term then. I'll teach Language Arts in 5th, 6th and 8th grade.
Thanks for answering.
Dear Andrea, Ruth, Terry, and Najwa,
I'm so glad you are interested in participating in this exchange. I have spoken with the high school technology teacher at my school about this as well. He is teaching a digital story writing class as well and he would be interested in exchanging his student's stories too. Perhaps we can all work together next semester and exchange our stories between all of our classrooms. I'm happy to coordinate it. I will find or design a common place where we can all upload our stories (even the ones from my first and second graders). The students will be able to watch and comment on or provide feedback for each other's stories as well. I will be in touch again soon. Andrea, you are in Brazil and I am in Taiwan. Where is everyone else located? This is so exciting! My apologies on the delay of this response. Last week was incredibly busy. I will be more prompt in the future. Have a wonderful week and thank you again for your interest and enthusiasm with this exchange.