“Digital Storytelling is a great introduction to Digital Literacy using storytelling, photography, music and voice. And can these stories ever be powerful!” said Jessie.
After going through key points on the technical aspects of digital storytelling such as photo framing, light and angles, Jessie covered ethical considerations around consent. Participants then walked outside with tablets in hand to capture photos of the yellow trees that announce the Autumn in the North.
Others revisited digital memories on their smartphones and social media pages, and chose images they wanted to share.
Drawing on this content, by the end of the day participants from Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Fort Resolution, Tulita, Behchoko, Hay River, Fort Liard, Tuktoyaktuk, Tsiigehtchic, Fort McPherson and Aklavik had all completed digital stories that they screened and watched collectively.
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On the second and third days of the workshop, the University of Alberta team shared a more detailed description of DigitalNWT as a three year project that aims to create adaptable, regionally-specific digital literacy curriculum.
The project treats the workshops as a way for adult educators and NWT community members to provide direct feedback about the curriculum. Once this feedback is integrated in the curriculum, these participants will use it to teach digital literacy courses in their home communities.
“We were extremely pleased with this opportunity to bring people together from across the Territory and support this timely initiative, said Ray Savard, Program Head of the Beaufort Delta Region for Aurora College."