Using digital video to capture children’s imaginative adventures and to make teaching and learning more beautiful
Digital Story Workshop
Last modified: June 5, 2007
Presentation date: 07/19/2007 2:35 PM in Coast Hotel Comox Room
Children are constantly making meaning out of their imaginative play, especially between the ages of 3 and 8. Providing an opportunity to make a "movie" out of these imaginative worlds appeals to the center of children’s lives, validating their play and empowering them to become media makers. The goals of Digital Story Workshop are to empower young children by highlighting their own imaginative play, to facilitate meaningful artistic collaborations between adults and children, to contribute meaningful curricular material to classrooms, to connect children from different neighborhoods, cities and countries to each other, and to provide exciting and creative media that complements the educational goals and creative whimsy of children's television but that takes the production process to a much deeper level for the child.
In this workshop, Kristin Eno will provide a multimedia presentation including portions of several of the videos she has made with children since 2001. She will discuss and invite dialogue surrounding these issues in relation to making videos about children’s play: adult play-facilitation and how it helps children access their zones of proximal development; intellectual empowerment and growth through spontaneous storytelling; the poetic voice of children’s voiceover narrations; the relevance of playing, teaching and learning in natural outdoor settings; the great potential of more artistic, poetic children’s media; the viability of video-stories as teaching strategies for a range of curricular goals; the role of video as connector of diverse populations of children throughout the world; and the accessibility of digital video technology to teachers.