Keywords: digital storytelling, critical literacy, culturally relevant pedagogy, social change, #dlday, community engagement
For digital learning day, I wanted to both celebrate the work of my students and explore the relationship between digital media and equity; how do we use digital media to enhance academic instruction, while also teaching for transformation?
Keywords: digital composing, social justice, 21st century literacies, critical pedagogy, urban youth, educational transformation
Digital Media & Interconnection This is a picture (taken with my iPhone) of a local hip-hop artist videotaping Detroit youth who are presenting their participatory action research project to my eleventh grade English class in a large, public urban high school. My artist-partner from Detroit Future Schools sits with his labtop to transcribe the presentation so that we can return and reflect...
The dinging reminds me that an email has arrived in my box. The electronic whistle says that someone has posted to Skype chat. TweetDeck chirps messages to the top of my computer screen. Flipbook organizes Facebook and Twitter posts on my Ipad . . . Cindy Urbanski Morning writers! Are you ready for our writing sprint? Let's go--8:00-10:00. Are you ready? 1,2,3 go . . . 7:56 am Our...
Keywords: community, social justice, youth media, 21st century literacies, activism, critical pedagogy, civic engagement, problem solving, urban youth, youth research
Transformation is not something that happens overnight. This year, my high school seniors completed research projects that asked them to answer the question, “what problem do you see in your community, and what do you wish to develop in order to address this problem?” Getting them to ask relevant questions took time, and creating a space where they felt empowered to love their community enough...
Keywords: digital storytelling, urban, digital writing, change, critical pedagogy, transformation, critical theory, critical literacy, marginalized communities, students of color, secondary, oppression, critical race theory, culturally responsive, culturally relevant pedagogy
Youth are communicating with each other and the larger society today using a variety of digital and social media tools, but what are they saying? What possibilities do these digital tools hold for social, political, and economic change?