In our digital world, there is, increasingly, much that I disagree with. In so many ways I watch (with horror at times) as humanity sleep walks itself into a world which is less human, less equal, less democratic.
Nevertheless, as an educator, I continue striving to help others understand the need for teaching Digital Literacies and Digital Safety - among the many other issues which arise from our digital world of which we are all participants and residents. As an educator too, I indulge and delight in all the positive potential that the WWW offers - for the web is not something that is done to us. All of us participate in its creation and development, at different levels and different degrees.
As an educator, I am interested in having my learners understand the empowerment that the web may give them. I indulge in the beauty and creative power of storytelling. Narratives. For what are we without narratives? What are we without registering and reflecting on our changing identities?
From Finland, a number of digital tools come to mind. Today I'd like to point out Edvisto.
Edvisto is a tool for storytelling - but with a twist.
Storytelling can be a personal narrative but it can also be social and collaborative.
blog where you can read up on recent news of how Edvisto is being used in different schools with different age groups and different projects. The narratives may differ - the central point is the same: Student learning. Student involvement. Student engagement. Active learning. Learning for life.
Perhaps it is time to meet learners in their world. Perhaps it is time to accept that education and learning approaches have changed and that younger generations do expect, do want to be involved in their learning processes. Engaged and empowered by their learning.
Speaking of videos - have you already dipped into Nik Peachey's book on Digital Video?
Digital Video - By Nik Peachey from Nik Peachey on Vimeo.
Stories strive to make sense.
Stories define one's identity.
Stories are embedded in one's identity.
What's your summer story?
What's your recent video tool to narrate your story?
There are a range of digital tools from Finland; here are some that you may wish to have a look at:
Lupo - Space Adventure
Educational change is here.
Alive and well.