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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Programs for P-12 Students

More than 200 Students Participate in Digital Storytelling Events at WCE

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Eighty students from nine elementary schools exhibited digital stories that they created and produced at the 7th annual Digital Storytelling Contest held at the Watson College of Education on April 21. Following the presentations, the students enjoyed a pizza lunch and visit with Sammy the Seahawk. They also visited the Book Fair, held in the atrium of the Education Building, where WCE's Curriculum Materials Center coordinator Kathryn Batten presented each child with a book to take home.

Before departing the UNCW campus the students participated in a STEM activity, where they made frog calls. CESTEM assistant director Chris Gordon and Lindsey Baker led the activity.

Participating schools were: Anderson, Bellamy, Carolina Beach and College Park Elementary Schools in New Hanover County; Burgaw, Cape Fear, Malpass Corner and Rocky Point Elementary Schools in Pender County; and Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County.

On April 23, 138 middle and high school students exhibited their stories at a second digital storytelling event at the college. They also enjoyed a complimentary lunch at Wagoner Dining Hall and toured the UNCW campus.

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Participating schools from New Hanover County were Noble, Trask and Williston Middle Schools and Ashley and New Hanover High Schools. Participating schools from Pender County were Burgaw and Cape Fear Middle Schools and Heide Trask and Topsail High Schools.

An award ceremony was held at the close of each event, and winners received Walmart gift cards.

Eleni Pappamihiel, associate professor and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program coordinator and Denise Ousley-Exum, associate professor in the Secondary Education program, in partnership with Centro Hispano, initiated the program in 2009 to help non-native English speakers scaffold language.

"Telling stories digitally transcends language and culture," Pappamihiel said. "It's a very effective way to engage English language learners."

Participation has grown every year since the event's inception. This year, for the first time, the event was held on two separate days to accommodate a record number of student participants.