PROBLEM CAUSERS SOLVE FOR TOMORROW
FROM PASSION TO PURPOSE
In Their Own Words
In the spring of 2016, a group of my former students began showing up after school. Their visits weren’t because they missed me. They missed how our environment made them feel about themselves. The clarity with which these students articulate the lasting impact of learning to work from a place of intrinsic motivation reveals a level of depth and self-awareness beyond anything I expected from 7th graders.
In addition to my conversation with the students, you’ll hear about our classroom work from perspective of our school principal. The interview with Dr. Jennifer deChiara was conducted without my knowledge by another group of former students who filmed it as a parting gift from the class.
Culture & Conditions
LEARNING THROUGH THE LENS
Through a combination of student interviews and excerpts from talks given by some of the 21st century's leading thinkers, the following video is an attempt to make sense of the dramatic shift in the use of video within the classroom.
NEW LITERACY = TRADITIONAL READING AND WRITING SKILLS MEETS RELEVANT & EFFECTIVE 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION
Our work with video storytelling began as a straightforward assignment and resulted in an entirely new way to teach the writing process. The projects our students completed became a featured article for Edutopia and later resulted in an invitation by president of the National Counsel of Teachers of English to be featured presenters at the organization’s annual conference.
Theory in Practice
EMBRACING VIDEO TOGETHER
After sharing our Danger of A Single Story project, we were invited to present a full-day workshop at High Tech High's Deeper Learning conference. Working with teachers, administrators, and technology integrators, we developed a format to appeal to educators regardless of media experience. From novice to expert, all participants left the day having created a product they could take back to their district in addition to a working experience they could replicate with their in-house teams.
Stories From The Edge Of Education
Stories About Telling Multimedia Storytelling
The Stories Behind Telling The Stories
Conventional Literacy Meets Relevant Communication
The Visual Vocabulary Design Program originated with my own research into presentation science after I was invited to speak at national events. As I learned techniques to design visuals to amplify a verbal message, I began to see the implications of combining mediums on audience retention and wanted to teach these communication skills to my students. Turning the method into vocabulary exercises allowed students the time to hone their visual design skills while developing a deep appreciation for the power of language.