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Learning Communities and Digital Storytelling: New Media for Ancient Tradition

, CESS, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Storytelling, an ancient tradition, is taking new forms with the advent of digital technologies and the World Wide Web. This paper explores the concept of storytelling as a strategy to create online learning communities and communities of practice for teachers who use technology to teach and learn. Inspired by models such as Apple Learning Interchange, the George Lucas Foundation, enGauge, Knowledge Loom, inTime, and others, the paper describes how a Vermont online learning community project, VT3 - Vermont Teachers Teaching with Technology, a spin-off of the University of Vermont's 2000 Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant, envisions a statewide learning community focused on best practices in teaching with technology. Issues concerning sustainability and ongoing support are explored.


Lathem, S. (2005). Learning Communities and Digital Storytelling: New Media for Ancient Tradition. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2286-2291). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 22, 2019 from .


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