A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Use of Digital Photography to Enhance Literacy Development in Young Children

ID: 20659
Type: Brief Paper   Topic: Early Childhood Education

Room: 8
Wed, Mar. 5 5:00 PM-5:20 PM

Authors:
Lauren Cummins, Youngstown State University, United States
Regina Rees, Youngstown State University, United States
Kelly Bacncroft, Youngstown State University, United States

Abstract:
This paper presents a work-in-progress study that focuses on the use of digital photography and digital storytelling with young children. A five-day workshop was hosted for young children at their school with the cooperation of Student’s Motivated by the Arts Center (SMARTS) at Youngstown State University with the intent of correlating the use of digital photography with literacy development. This 5-day workshop’s intent was to foster a child’s ability to be an effective storyteller through the use of digital photography and the use of storyboards, storybooks or computer-based digital storytelling. The research methodology seeks to prove that children’s literacy development, in relationship to generativity and story elements can be enhanced through the use of digital photography.

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