iamliterate - building oral fluency
There is a wealth of research available on the broader topics of Engagement and Digital Storytelling. This session attempts to focus on building oral fluency at younger ages. With the growth of digital storytelling, students need oral literacy for day to day life but also future learning opportunities.

Short Summary after sharing background, and examples for K - 6
    • Oral Language Engagement
    • Encourage using Language
    • Speaking and Read Aloud
    • Partners
    • Digital Story Telling
    • Self Assessment and Formative Assessment
    • Assistive Technology

Two items not in the presentation but mentioned include
The Belkin Rockstar - Audio adapter / jack for 5 sets of ear buds from one device.
http://www.onhop.ca/search?keyword=belkin+rockstar - $9.90 at time of searching

Audio Boo - for Online Audio recording / editing

Building the background for this presentation includes:
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity. by Jason Ohler
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms - by Will Richardson
Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century by David Warlick

and synthesis from
Effectiveness of PALS programs in British Columbia - http://www.2010legaciesnow.com/pals/
Effectiveness of Strong Start Programs in British Columbia - http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/early_learning/strongstart_bc/

Related Articles
- Discussion of Oral Fluency as it relates Oral Proficiency

"However, research tells us that up to 40% of these students arrive on their first day of school a year to two behind in this development. Some of their social, behavioural and learning difficulties are so severe that it will effect their entire schooling experience. Children who demonstrate these learning and social challenges at age five are more likely to drop out of high school than those who come ready to learn.

A child’s first five years are magical ones for development. Children’s earliest experiences and environment set the stage for their later development and success in school and in life."
Accessed - October 2010 - http://www.dsbn.edu.on.ca/schools/heximer/documents/jan09.pdf