Stories of Culture and Place helps students research, create, illustrate and perform original stories about their cultures and the places in which they live. It uses a cross-curricular, project-based approach to learning that addresses a number of content and skill areas simultaneously. Students develop digital, art, oral and written literacy skills (pictured here as the DAOW of literacy).
They research geography, local history and cultural values so they can apply their research results to the creation of an original story. They learn project planning skills that are transferable to other activities. They create original artwork to support their stories. They learn about using computers and other digital technologies to help tell their stories. And they develop the self-confidence and social skills that comes with giving voice to their stories.
Stories of Culture and Place activities include:
Working directly with students and teachers in classrooms
Working with mental health clients as a way to help them "tell their stories"
Creation and distribution of professional development materials
Providing training for teachers, community members, and organization leaders
Stories of Culture and Place has traveled throughout the U.S., and has been featured through projects and workshops in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Experience with this program formed the research foundations for Jason's new book, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity. Stories of Culture and Place won the WCET WOW (Award for Outstanding Work) Award.
The following resources are available about Stories of Culture and Place, as well as the techniques used in the program:
Questions about any of the material you find here are always welcome. Please feel free to contact jasonOhler.com.