Digital equipment for developing children’s multiliteracy in European research
STORIES (Fostering Early Childhood Media Literacy Competencies) is a project examining digital storytelling in early childhood education. The project started in autumn 2015, and the Agora Center participates in it from the University of Jyväskylä. The other partners come from Germany (University of Education Karlsruhe), Italy (Coopselios, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Computer Learning) and Turkey (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University). The partners of STORIES meet in Jyväskylä on May 12–13 to work on the project’s content issues.
STORIES is a three-year Erasmus+ project that will last until autumn 2018. As part of the project activities, educational experiments related to digital storytelling will be implemented in kindergartens during the following two academic years and their impact will be examined from different perspectives. The experiments will make use of both existing digital equipment (such as tablet devices and cameras) and a specific tool called i-Theatre (www.i-theatre.org/en) that has been developed by one of the project partners, Computer Learning, specifically for the purpose of digital storytelling in kindergartens.
- It will be interesting to compare activities using i-Theatre and those using other digital tools; for example, whether children will take a more active role when using a tool that is specifically intended for this purpose, says researcher Tuula Nousiainen from the Agora Center.
- One of the goals of the project is to find out how much digital storytelling differs between different countries, says the coordinator of the STORIES project, Riccardo Lelli from Reggio Emilia. The idea of the project is to share ideas about how to use digital storytelling and digital equipments in early childhood education between European kindergartens, Lelli continues.
In autumn 2016, the STORIES project will organize a seminar in Jyväskylä that will be open for everyone interested in the project and early childhood education.
The progress and activities of STORIES can be followed via the website and the Facebook page of the project: