Friday, December 01, 2006
An Amazing Workshop
This afternoon was showtime, with the a total of eleven digital stories completed and shown to the whole group. I am hoping to get permission to showcase a few of them on my website. Every teacher has a blog, so maybe some of these stories will get posted online. It is refreshing to spend time in a district that values creativity and the power of narrative and voice in learning, not just focusing on the mandates of accountability. Of course, it helps that one of their leaders is a fellow Apple Distinguished Educator who is exploring different emerging technologies to enhance student learning! I hope to follow these schools to see the impact of digital storytelling on student learning and engagement.
The Canby teachers have developed a handy set of skills that can expand the boundaries of what's possible in their classrooms with kids. Great stuff for classrooms! Made me want to be a student again.
Any educator knowledgable of the Apple suite of tools can attest to their ease of use. Canby is fortunate to have forward-looking administrators, teachers, and a commitment to maintain high-quality educational tools.
It was a pleasure meeting you, too, Dr. Barrett. I look forward to working with you on a workshop in my district.
District Tech Coordinator
It's important to cherish these moments when infrastructure, imagination and understanding come together in such powerful ways! Would all school districts learn from or be inspired by Canby's example.
Of course not all teachers or schools or school districts embrace or value or really understand the role of storytelling in learning--more power to you for going out day after day, to school after school, to community after community, demonstrating the value of stories and the value of the process of storytelling in education just when we need stories most. Bravo!
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