The new school year is getting underway. We are filling drawers with math manipulatives, cabinets with supplies for science experiments, shelves with books… and lesson plans with inspired ideas for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.
Yet, while we make plans to teach these tangible standards, let’s not forget to plan lessons that teach the intangibles, too — Dignity, compassion, identity. Let’s commit to intentionally making plans that provide our students with opportunities to discover their greatest potential, to making plans to share that potential with the world.
One way to start is to give power to their unique voice though digital media creation. Technology tools provide opportunities for students to create diverse and engaging media that can be showcased for live audiences around the world.
Throughout this year, I will be posting innovative technology tools, lesson applications and even opportunities for you to share about the amazing digital media created by your students. In addition, this summer at ISTE 2012 was the official launch of the Engaging Education Interactive Student-Created Digital Media Portal. This portal provides ideas and tutorials for integrating Movie-making and Animations, Digital Storytelling, Audio and Podcasting, 3D Media, and Web 2.0 Apps. Plus, the Resource section can direct you to free, copyright-friendly photos and screen/video capture apps. This Interactive Portal is the perfect place to get that first idea to kick off the school year.
So, what are you waiting for? Empower your students this school year through student-created digital media projects… And be sure to share their amazing creations with a world who sincerely needs to hear their inspiring voices!