Digital Storybooks: Where Stories Come to Life!
Recorded: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 5:50 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
The Western forms of literacy and formal education have successfully influenced education throughout the Pacific. Many Pacific Islanders now reside in Guam and Hawaii in search of “better” healthcare and education. Our children attend American public schools. Traditionally, we learn through our native language from oral stories and hands-on learning. Book learning are relatively new for us. Teachers endeavor to provide culturally responsive instruction for our children. The University of Hawaii College of Education (COE) prepare novice teachers to serve in these “diverse” communities. It is my hypothesis that Digital Storybooks may provide opportunities for us to learn in culturally congruent and successful ways. The interactive audio and visual features of digital stories may prove inviting to indigenous peoples of the Pacific, including my Kosraean community in the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia. It is my hope that this “Digital Storybook” module may serve to contribute to this lofty endeavor by promoting inclusion and access for Pacific Island children through the digital arts.