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5/4/17 – Why is Digital Storytelling Important for Minnesota Youth?

​Digital stories are short first person narratives that link personal and social issues using a combination of text, images, video, voice, music, and/or sound. Digital stories generally have scripts, ranging 300-500 words, that are presented as audio voiceover or a video recording. A completed digital story is presented as a brief, rich, and multilayered video with multiple elements. Part of the efficacy of digital storytelling is that it allows youth to share their thoughts, perspectives, and knowledge via digital media. 10,000…

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3/17/17 – My Community and Me Poems at Parkway

The 10,000 Stories goes far beyond teaching digital and media making skills. It asks youth to reflect on their understandings of themselves and their locations within our world. We often begin by asking them to think about who they are and where they come from. These discussions provide youth with the ability to orient themselves. This week, students wrote poems reflecting on both the strengths and needs of their communities. This template helps students think through the various ways that…

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6/1/16 – Parkway 2016: A Graduate Student Perspective

by Caitlin Gunn As a doctoral candidate in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota, I have read plenty of theory about social justice pedagogy and youth. There was no amount of theoretical reading that could have prepared me for the hands-on, practical experience of being at Parkway in 2016. Being in the classroom with students and helping them craft their own narratives about their lives and experiences was truly powerful. I feel like this age group, 11-14, have some…

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5/4/16 – May the Fourth…Inspire You!

During the spring of 2016, the 10,000 Stories began with a bang! We partnered with Parkway to collaborate on a unique media-making project for the entire school. Undergraduate and graduate students of color entered the classroom to work with middle school youth. They got to know each other and the UMN students talked about what it was like to be in college. Each week the group team came to Parkway to talk to youth about social justice and work with…

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