digital storytelling

The truth will set you free. It’s a maxim that shows up in all kinds of places, from university mottos to Oprah’s Life Class. Its meanings are often hazy and applications varied, but my religious Southern parents will be pleased to know that I remember its origins are biblical in nature, a derivation of John 8:32, a verse that links discipleship to spiritual freedom. These days, though, like my...
Script Changers: Digital Storytelling with Scratch focuses on how stories offer an important lens for seeing the world as a series of systems and provides opportunities for young people to create interactive and animated stories about the systems around them. The projects in this book utilize the Scratch visual programming environment as a means to tell stories about how to effect change in...
This collection highlights and supports the book series Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design. Each book of the series uses a design-based approach to learning and offers up a toolkit for supporting systems thinking in ways that are aligned to standards but also relevant to youth interests in digital culture.
jellycam-600x420.jpg All rights reserved.   On February 5, thousands of educators will take part in the third annual Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration of common-sense, effective applications of digital learning that support educators, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential. NWP Digital Is is partnering...
Andres IMG_1709.mov  Andres is a student who I have worked with over the past three years as an English Learner. He did not see himself as a writer, and over the past three years has had many ups and downs in his educational career. But being part of a digital writing world matters to Andres. It has provided him the opportunity to share his ideas and work in ways the traditional classroom does...
Digtial story created by a 10th grade student in Austin, Texas.
"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Early in 2012, I came across a particularly inspiring TED talk by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Her talk entitled "The...
brittany pic_0.jpg In this interview, preservice teacher Brittany Belmarez describes her experiences working with practicing teachers in the Teaching with Technology workshop and English Language Learners in the SOS Project, a digital storytelling workshop.
In this interview, Jane Phelan-Jones, Cameron Shinn, and Diane Witteveld, teacher directors of the Saving Our Stories Project, document what students learned as they composed digital stories to preserve the history of the Latino community in Fort Collins.
adam photo.jpg        By Adam Mackie “To speak a true word is to transform the world.” -Paulo Freire Sarah, one of three fifth and sixth grade students gathered around a Mac laptop, reads an ode about the different kinds of hair in her family. She describes her mother’s hair as short and brown and how in the summer it puffs up like a cupcake. Sarah says her sister’s...

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