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Programs for P-12 Students

190 Students Participate in 2016 Digital Storytelling Events at WCE

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Eighty students from nine elementary schools exhibited digital stories that they created and produced at the 8th annual Digital Storytelling Contest held at the Watson College of Education on April 19. 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 each child was with given a book to take home.

Before departing the UNCW campus the students participated in a STEM activity, where they made structures using dowels and rubber bands. CESTEM’s Lindsey Baker and graduate assistant Andrew Teska led the activity.

Participating schools were: Mary C. Williams, Sunset Park, Murrayville and College Park Elementary Schools in New Hanover County; Cape Fear, Malpass Corner and Rocky Point Elementary Schools in Pender County; and Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County.

On April 21, 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.

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