Education lecturer, Princess Shandu-Omukunyi collaborated with the CIECT team to implement a digital storytelling project for the undergraduate students (2nd and 3rd year students during 2018), enrolled in the Language and Education Department. These prospective Foundation phase educators were expected to design and develop a digital story. The reflective digital story, focused on the literacy development of a specific student, during the field work practice.
They were expected to monitor and track the student development from Gr R to Gr 1, making use of digital story eSkills. This digital story assessment task enabled the prospective educators to develop their critical thinking skills, pedagogical approaches, problem solving; and scaffolding interventions such as listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
CIECT conducted workshops with the 2nd and 3rd year students (2018) – to design and develop digital stories which enabled the students to create, plan and submit their reflective assessment tasks, within their respective online environments (hosted in iKamva). This project will continue with 3rd and 4th year students in 2019.
It should be noted that students received mobile devices to develop their digital stories. Each semester a specific student group received the mobile devices on loan, which was returned after the completion of assessment tasks.