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1 Creating the future by empowering youth voices: digital storytelling Barbara Stripling President, American Library Association Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, USA

2 Why empower youth voices?

3 Empowering youth voices “It’s not as much a question of self- expression as a need of finding yourself.” ~ Pentti Saarikoski Counter invisibility Develop sense of identity Develop sense of cultural heritage Share culture  Build the future

4 Why storytelling? Tell me a fact and I’ll learn Tell me a truth and I’ll believe Tell me a story and I’ll remember it forever --Gail Matthews DeNatale

5 What is digital storytelling? Expresses personal narrative using multimedia --Modern expression of ancient art of storytelling – Shares knowledge, wisdom, and values – Reflection of personal culture Involves process of meaning-making Gives value to lived experiences Connects experience and language

6 Why digital storytelling?

7 " Digital storytelling is exponentially more powerful than other forms of storytelling because the digital format immediately makes a student's knowledge available to a global audience. " -Mark Standley

8 What is impact on our youth?

9 Strengthens literacy

10 Cultivates agency and voice It’s like we all tell a story about ourselves inside our own head. Always. All the time. That story makes us what we are. We build ourselves out of that story. ~ Adapted from Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wild

11 Agency and voice “Ask them what’s on their mind and give them the tools to help them say what they have to say in a more powerful way.” ` Dr. Ernest Morrell

12 Builds sense of identity You can take my life, my mind too. You don’t have to take my heart. I’m giving it to you. But the one thing you will never get is my pen. Because without it, I am nothing.

13 Sets high expectations You were not expected to aspire to excellence; You were expected to make peace with mediocrity. ` James Baldwin

14 Builds cultural competence Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit of where you can go. ~James Baldwin

15 Values lived experiences “Telling personal stories publicly celebrates our life.“ Bernajean Porter

16 What processes & tools are used? A point of view A dramatic question Emotional content Economy Pacing The gift of your voice Soundtrack

17 Characteristics of digital stories Open-ended Branching Branching Hyperlinked Hyperlinked Cross-media Cross-media Participatory Participatory Exploratory Exploratory Unpredictable Unpredictable

18 Posters

19 Photo essays

20 Music videos

21 Documentaries, Narratives

22 Impact -- Social action

23 What does the future hold? "I know only one thing about the technologies that await us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with them." -Jason Ohler " A story should be remembered for its soul, and not the bells and whistles." -Bernajean Porter

24 Social change “I think social change can come from any direction. Creative expression can be spread globally, which means it goes beyond culture, generation, gender, religion, and location. Creative expression doesn’t say ‘you should do this’ but it makes people think ‘I can do something’—it leads to social change.” —Saori Miyagawa, Adobe Youth Voices Facilitator

25 Thank you! Barbara Stripling President, American Library Association


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