As I have been exploring a variety of different themes in eci831, I have been questioning how I can weave this altogether. For my final digital project, I decided that the best way to do this would be to create a digital storytelling project with my students. Enter Alan Levine and his fantastic session on digital storytelling last week. See 50 ways to tell a digital story for your own great ideas.
For anyone who hasn’t read my previous blogs, I have been looking at ideas around social justice, technology, and narrative education. I have taken these courses separately for my Master’s degree and was wondering how I could use this course to create connections to what I have learned previously. I want to embed all these ideas into the curriculum, not just touch on them as random lessons where I can fit them in.
With my students, I have spent the first part of the year discussing social injustice. The students are very aware of how unfair the world can be. I want them to expand on this idea and start questioning where they fit into this. So far, the students seem a bit removed, thinking “this is too bad, but it doesn’t affect me; it’s not my fault; and there’s nothing I can do to make a difference.”
I am hoping that the digital storytelling project will help my students to expand on these ideas and start them thinking about their own personal responsibility for creating change. In writing, we have been learning about narrative as a writing form. So I created a google document outlining the elements of a narrative and added a few ideas around orientation and problem to start them thinking. We also watched some digital stories such as Mike Wesch’s A Vision of Students Today and elder Mike Pinay speaking about the importance of hair in First Nation culture (thanks to Racquel Biem for sharing this in her blog). The students started identifying labels that they have been given by teachers, parents, and other students. We used this as a jumping off point to create our video.
I am looking forward to working out the digital aspect of this to create the final piece to share with both my students and this class. Or I’m very afraid. Not sure which.