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VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Sunday, December 7 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Digital Storytelling: A Springboard to Multimodal and Research Literacies

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The National Council for Teachers of English 2005 Position Statement on Multimodal Literacies encourages instructors to assist today's tech savvy scholars, "particularly adept at recognizing creative applications for new technologies," to consider the implications of their digital works. Our digital natives are comfortable in composing in digital spaces; limitless options exist for them to communicate with friends, family, and mass audiences for social, personal, educational, or entertainment purposes. Yet few realize these same multimodal compositions - whether Instagram and Snapchat images and collages, YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, and Pinterest pages - could serve as a springboard from textual or visual narration to in-depth scholarly research. Indeed, many students focus their attention daily on issues of importance to their lives yet struggle to generate unique research topics and perspectives. In this presentation, we will review a digital storytelling assignment for a first-year composition course at Tidewater Community College, analyze how it goes beyond narration to promote inquiry, research, and engagement of multimodal sources, and promote the flexibility of the digital assignment across the curriculum in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. We will discuss the assignment design, the affordances and limitations of various Web tools and software in the production and execution of projects, and the criteria for assessment of multimodal digital compositions. The significance of digital and research competencies for 21st century scholars will be highlighted as the assignment encourages creative choices by students to select the digital tools that best suit them (e.g. Prezi, iMovie, Camtasia Studio, PowToon, Audacity, Tumblr). Participants will view hybrid projects created by students with a wide array of skills in video editing, slideshow presentations, and collage narratives; various tools will also be examined. We will engage participants by asking them to share their experiences and discuss the various pedagogical benefits and limitations of digital storytelling.

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Tom Geary

Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College
I am a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Maryland and Assistant Professor of English at Tidewater Community College. | | My academic interests are in writing studies, visual rhetoric, digital storytelling, teaching with technology, procedural rhetoric and electracy, podcasting, Cicero’s rhetorical corpus, and modern rhetorical theories of identity, agency, and subjectivity.
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Meredith Gober

Foreign Language Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Foreign Language TeacherChesapeake Bay Academy

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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