A multimodal story is told using two or more modes of communication, such as written words, images, audio, gestures or dance. For the Multimodal Stories for Language and Cultural Exchange project, the multimodal stories were in a digital form, so the students in Australia and China engaged in a process of digital storytelling. There are many excellent resources and references about digital storytelling on the internet and one of the researchers involved in this project, Mark Pegrum, has curated many of the best of these on his E-language wiki. Other resources can be found here.
The tools used in the Multimodal Stories for Language and Cultural Exchange project are all described on Mark's digital storytelling page. In most instances, students made their multimodal stories by using Microsoft PowerPoint and then converting this to video format. Others used sophisticated tools like Creative Bookbuilder on iPads.
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