“We live stories that either give our lives meaning or negate it with meaninglessness. If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives.” Thomas King, The Truth about Stories
We usually tell stories to the children. But what about children telling us their stories? This course is about offering the art of storytelling to the children for its use of imagination and creativity, its positive effect on their social and emotional development, and of course for the improvement of their literacy skills.
What is interesting about ‘digital’ storytelling is that it combines text, images, and music with narration in children’s own voice to create their story in a digital movie format. Throughout the digital storytelling course, children have the opportunity to work with peers, share and explore ideas, and learn from each other in so many ways. The technology involved in this course is an online video editing software which could be run from any computer without any need for software installs. The stories can be published online and (if the storyteller wishes so) watched by others.
Instructor: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari
Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophical Inquiry with Children in the Faculty of Education at UBC, a teacher at SelfDesing working philosophical inquiry and art with homeschool children, and the Founder/Director of The School of Inquiry in Vancouver, BC.
Mahboubeh has worked digital storytelling with both children and adults to create their own stories. Her experience shows that children usually create their own pictures (by drawing/painting) or choose from magazines, books, etc. and make an imaginary story. On the other hand, adults, especially older adults, usually use their photo albums to choose pictures and tell (real) stories they have experienced in their lives and come from their memories.