Summer Enrichment Students Explore Technology in “Digital Storytelling”

Mrs. Ladd guides students in exploring new storytelling and art websites while authoring their own stories.

“I would love for students to walk out of class being more confident and appreciative of technology” stated Mrs. Ladd who teaches Digital Storytelling, for the PYLUSD Summer Enrichment Program at Van Buren Elementary. 

Her goals are to have her students be more confident and appreciative of technology. In her Digital Storytelling class her students  explore many new storytelling and art websites.

During this summer program, students have many opportunities to be poets, short story novelists and comic book creators. This is no surprise that her class explores all these websites since she said herself, “I love exploring!  I love going to new restaurants, cities, countries and trying new things.” 

Ladd  thinks that her main challenge with her summer school students is that they go on vacations and they might skip days and she does not want them to feel left out. She makes all her lessons the right length so it that is a real challenge since her plans don’t work out.

Khole, who is attending Morse Elementary , stated that her favorite activity was “Dance Mat” typing which is a website on Google. Makayla, a student who attends Lakeview Elementary,  said that her favorite activity was a fourth of July word search.

Noah a student, who attends Mable Paine Elementary  said that making a treehouse in a game was his favorite part in his class.

The PYLUSD Summer Enrichment Program is open to students from Preppy K to seventh grade who are attending or living within the PYLUSD boundaries. Each enrichment class is one hour long and students can choose up to four classes which  are listed on the PYLUSD website in May for the sessions that are offered for five weeks starting in June and ending in July.

Tiffany Chang