Back in October I attended the Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice at Madison High School in Portland, Oregon. The sketchnotes below are from one of the sessions I attended, titled ‘First Person Singular: Digital Storytelling to Promote a Sense of Place and Social Justice,’ presented by Lauren McClanahan who is a professor at Western Washington University.
McClanahan’s session focused on her First Person Singular project, in which students use photography to document how climate change is affecting their lives. But the students do more than just take pictures. They combine the pictures with their own recorded voices to create a digital story that can be shared. The project is best understood by looking at some examples:
While McClanahan’s students focus on climate change, the idea of student-created digital stories can be applied to any topic. It’s a great way to give students a voice and teach them how to share their stories with the world. To explore related resources, check out the following: