Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why We Need Common Core: Is Digital Storytelling the New Persuasive Essay

This Xtranormal digital story has been circulating at professional educational conferences and the blogsphere. I thought I would share it.  Interested in your reactions. Do you think the message of this digital story would have been as effective if written in the form of a persuasive essay?


  1. I think that the message was much more effective in this format. Unfortunately I hear many students with this type of outlook on life. They want the answer to be given to them and when they are asked to think and make discoveries, many give up or want to just google the answer. I have been discussing with colleagues that the new assessment with common core is really going to challenge many of our students who are used to being able to just type a question online to get the answer instead of problem solving.

  2. It really is unfortunate that many students have this outlook on life..and about education in general. The fact that teachers "teach to the test" is hurting students in a way that students are not being given the appropriate preparation that will bring them success in their lifetime. In today's world, it seems as though students are rarely able to apply what they have learned to different situations.

  3. It’s easy to scoff at or dismiss cultural expressions such as the Simpsons or South Park as at best low art, and at worst purely infantile, but parody has (for reasons I’m note quite sure of) a strong currency particularly with gen x and y. I think this clip works because it taps into that appreciation of parody. It effectively skewers the absurdity of technique (think-pair-share) juxtaposed against the reality of our standardized driven educational paradigm. Which when distilled to its basest form is really just a natural, logical evolution of the notion that the ends justify the means.

    I don’t think this Xtranormal clip would have been as compelling in the form of a persuasive essay. That’s not to say that the written form is passé or antiquated but that the new media approach has a few tricks up its sleeve that imbues it with its own unique voice.