Pedagogical Uses of Digital Stories for Student Empowerment and Engagement
October 10, 2015
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Butler Boardroom, 6th Floor Butler Pavilion
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Dr. Polina Vinogradova is an applied linguist interested in the use of digital technology in language education and in identity negotiation in multimodal personal narratives. Her recent research focuses on the development of multiliteracies and pedagogical uses of digital stories in ESL and heritage language instruction. She has extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign and second language, teacher training, and curriculum and project development in higher education. Dr. Vinogradova holds a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and has MA degrees in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa and in Intercultural Communication from UMBC.
With the increasing diversity of English language learners and the need to incorporate digital literacy skills into the curriculum, educators are looking for pedagogical approaches, multimodal materials, and activities to empower students and meet their various needs. This workshop will introduce participants to a pedagogy of multiliteracies and will illustrate how students' interests and various learning objectives can be met using digital stories as a pedagogical tool. Workshop participants will explore the process of digital story production, try out some planning activities, and will discuss how this can be used in their own teaching. Examples will be drawn from digital storytelling projects with university-level language learners, and participants will be encouraged to think how these practices can be applied in other language learning settings including the ones with limited access to technology.