Digital Place-based Storytelling
Here's a high student-engagement project being promoted by long-time MiddleWeb friend and teacher-innovator Brenda Dyck, also the author of a popular technology integration column for NMSA's Middle Ground magazine. Brenda's idea is to use the latest Web 2.0 digital mapping tools to help students create a "place-based" storytelling artifact that can be shared with other students in the school and across the globe. Brenda writes: 'Digital placed-based storytelling (also called StoryMapping) uses an easy online digital mapping tool like Google Maps or Community Walk and combines it with narrative to produce a learning product that helps the student make a connection between the past and present and understand how community shapes who we are.' The student identifies a place that has meaning for them, locates it on a web-based map, adds place markers, and writes short 'memory narratives' for each marker. Students can add photos, too. Brenda is encouraging everyone to send her links to completed projects so they can be indexed on the 'Map a Story' site.