A Structured Inquiry into a Digital Story: Primary School Students Report the Making of a Superball

Johanna Penttilä, Veera Kallunki, Hannele M. Niemi, Jari Multisilta

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    Abstract

    Schools have been islands isolated from mobile technologies for a long time. In Finland, schools are investing in mobile technologies with the aim of providing a tablet for each student. This trend enables classes to adopt practices where students not only use ready-made learning materials but generate content as well. This paper aims to investigate student-generated digital stories as learning artefacts through a case example from two chemistry classes in a primary school. After introducing a method of creating digital stories from a structured inquiry, the paper presents an in-depth analysis of a specific type of story, its construction and conceptual learning outcomes related to the story’s topic (i.e., chemical reaction). The results indicate that storytelling based on a structured inquiry is suited for novice science learners. In the future, teaching visual communication skills and story scripting to students should be emphasised to make the stories more sophisticated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2
    Pages (from-to)19-34
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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