Posts Tagged ‘storytelling’

Storytelling& Technology in ELT!

scene_15bbA warm hello to all readers of this blog! 

Hopefully, you’ve had some rejuvenating holidays and are ready to fling yourselves into teaching!

If you wish to teach English through the lens of technology and storytelling this school year, consider trying our free educational ‪App called ‘Dylan& Lydia at the Fortune Teller’s’!

It’s available for all ios& Android devices and it’s ideal for A2-B1 level!

Before starting, download the digital storybook here:

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ios: http://bit.ly/1pzv6O8

Android: http://bit.ly/1jzu9RL

 

This popular double- path digital storybook may be used separately or as a wonderful supplement to any coursebook or materials, your students are already using in the English class!

The Plot of the Storybook in Brief:

On a day trip to London the endearing 9-year-old twins, Dylan and Lydia, meet Madame Sonya, a famous fortune teller who slyly tries to trick them into her evil plans. The twins have the chance to experience magical moments in ‘Fantasy Land’ or spend an adventurous day with notorious pirates on a real pirate ship! Both adventures teach them important life lessons about the value of true friendship and trust.

For extra photocopiable ELT activities, drawings, games and DIY crafts, browse through some sample pages from the teachers’ handbook I’ve created here:

Dylan& Lydia Sample Pages HANDBOOK

If you plan to use ‘Dylan& Lydia’ at your school to enhance the teaching& learning experience through the use of technology, send an e-mail to martidouchristina@gmail.com, to request the whole handbook of 110 pages filled with a great variety of materials for every 10 screenshots of the fairytale.   

I’d love to hear your and your students’ feedback! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any relevant queries or support you may need while using the App in class. Meanwhile, take a quick look at some users’ reviews of the digital storybook:
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I hope our stories will add a touch of magic to your lessons, motivate your students and make language acquisition a fun, hands- on experience!

Wishes for a happy& creative school year!

Christina 

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It’s Back to School Time!

 

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It’s #BackToSchoolTime! If you want to teach English through the lens of technology and storytelling this school year, try our free educational ‪App called ‘Dylan& Lydia at the Fortune Teller’s’! It’s available for all ios& Android devices and it’s ideal for A2-B1 level!

Before starting, download the digital storybook here:

 152X152

ios: http://bit.ly/1pzv6O8

Android: http://bit.ly/1jzu9RL

 

This double- path digital storybook is a wonderful supplement to any coursebook or materials your students may already be using in the English class!

The Plot of the Storybook in Brief:

On a day trip to London the endearing 9-year-old twins, Dylan and Lydia, meet Madame Sonya, a famous fortune teller who slyly tries to trick them into her evil plans. The twins have the chance to experience magical moments in ‘Fantasy Land’ or spend an adventurous day with notorious pirates on a real pirate ship! Both adventures teach them important life lessons about the value of true friendship and trust.

For a great variety of extra photocopiable ELT activities, drawings, games and DIY crafts, get some sample pages from the handbook I’ve created here:

Dylan& Lydia Sample Pages HANDBOOK

If you plan to use Dylan& Lydia in class and need the whole handbook, please send me an e-mail me at martidouchristina@gmail.com  

We’d love to hear your and your student’s feedback in the comments’ section below! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any relevant queries. Hope our stories will add a touch of magic to your lessons, motivate your students and make language acquisition a fun, hands- on experience!

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Best wishes,

Christina

Little Bird Tales: ‘A Magic Tunnel in the Louvre Museum’.

**Click on the image below to view Liana’s tale :-)!

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Last week a student of mine wrote a short story that I really enjoyed reading. Liana is in the second grade of high school and this writing task was part of her preparation for the FCE exam she is about to take in December. I thought that creating its digital version using Little Bird Tales would make the ‘chore’ of writing and proofreading much more meaningful and pleasant! Luckily, I was right since Liana seemed to enjoy every minute of it :-)!

Little Bird Tales is a free storytelling tool you can use to create multimodal stories with your students. Teachers can sign up, add students and manage their classes on a safe web environment. Students type their tales, upload or draw images with the embedded drawing tool and then record their voice to narrate their stories. Very young learners may also create illustrations on paper and you can later scan and add them to their stories.

Little Bird Tales is very simple to use as the website itself is straightforward and walks you through this creative process. Although at first glance, one assumes that Little Bird Tales is intended solely for younger learners because of its playful interface, I can assure you that older students find it equally fun and engaging. It helps them get a clearer understanding of how to organize their thoughts into paragraphs& book pages, build up tension, deliver a resolution, write a catchy title and so on. Besides, students practise their pronunciation and skills of reading out loud gracefully (pausing, breathing, colouring their voice) until they are pleased with themselves and the result of the recording.

The overall experience is usually very rewarding! Students feel proud of their digital story books and can e-mail or share them on a blog or website. Apart from digital stories, you could also ask them to create class presentations as an interesting alternative to PowerPoint.

If you decide to try Little Bird Tales and intend to use online images, you could also seize the opportunity to familiarize learners with copyright issues and Creative Commons. Students should be clear about the fact that they can’t use an image just because they’ve Googled it! In Liana’s story, we used images from http://www.morguefile.com which has a big collection of copyright free images. Below I’m sharing two posts I’ve found really useful myself so as to learn about fair use and copyright. The second link provides you with a great list of the best sources for free images on the Web.

http://theedublogger.com/2012/02/09/the-educators-guide-to-copyright-fair-use-and-creative-commons/

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/10/11/the-best-online-sources-for-images/

Hope you’ll get inspired by Liana’s story about a secret, magic tunnel in the Louvre museum and encourage your students to create their own digital narrated stories too :-)!

All the best,

Christina