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Literature review

This project was funded by Telematics Course Development Fund (Telematics Trust for short) and it explored the development gaps in relation to the needs of youth at risk, specifically Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) youth and their teachers, and new and emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The project focused on sound educational instructional strategies and design for the use of technology with the target learner group.  The project investigated the following aspects of digital storytelling (DST) and youth:

  • a literature scan investigating how youth, and CALD youth in particular, engage with e-learning

  • teacher readiness to engage with the technologies

  • models of instructional design for integrating the technologies into learning design

  • development to a resource that provides practical examples and teaching strategies for teachers

The project originally identified online voice tools, blogs and possibly pod-casting as e-learning tools and technology that could engage young learners.  Further investigation into blogging and pod-casting raised awareness of some of the issues around using these ‘social software’ tools within an educational organisation.  Downloads are restricted and firewalls often prevent access to blogging and pod-casting sites. Other technologies such as online voice tools and digital storytelling programs can be accessed within most organisations’ IT infrastructure.  The decision to focus on these technologies and on digital storytelling in particular was influenced also by findings from the literature scan.

The project therefore reports only on digital storytelling  as a strategy for engagement of CALD youth. The report is divided into the following sections:

  • Literature scan: youth and e-learning
  • NESB youth and DST - findings from the project action research
  • A teacher's perspective: benefits of e-learning as a strategy for engagement  for youth
  • Strategies that work: teaching and learning model
  • Conclusion
  • Links and references for further reading

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NESB youth and DST
teaching and learning model
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