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My Digital yoU

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. D/B/A African Carribbean American Catholic Center (AFCAAM)

Program Summary

My Digital yoU is a summer camp about kids, the Web, and story invention. At our Digital yoUth Summer Camps we teach campers how to utilize digital and social media to communicate and learn. We have successfully run these camps at AFCAAM for the past two years. We wish to use the funds received from this grant to continue and expand the tradition of our digital learning labs as we introduce ‘weStories’ our version of the well-known process of using social stories to promote empowerment, character education, social awareness, and social entrepreneurship, a process by which we teach campers how to monetize their newly found digital skills to become productive members of the future STEM workforce and businesses. The basis is to teach video story-telling through videos that are posted on our private social networking Web server.
We believe, like Dr. Ruby Payne and Reuven Feuerstein, that story is at the heart of improved academic progress and can have a significant, positive effect on those from under-served communities.
According to Feuerstein:
• If a student cannot plan, he or she cannot predict
• If a student cannot predict, he or she cannot identify cause and effect
• If a student cannot identify cause and effect, he or she cannot identify consequences
• If a student cannot identify consequences, he or she cannot control impulsivity
• If a student cannot control impulsivity, he or she most often demonstrates learning disabilities, and even worse, may even have an inclination to criminal behavior.
Feuerstein showed a causal relationship between a lack of understanding of story structure and academic failures. We believe these same conditions can lead to ‘impoverished’ cognitive and affective behaviors. We suggest that story constructs, because they almost always include conceptualizations of cause and effect, and can have positive transformative powers.

Agenda

This year’s Digital yoUth Summer Camp will run four days a week during the afternoons for three and a half weeks. Each session will start with a Quick-Write Activity where participants decide what they wish to accomplish that day. At the end of each day, they will write a short reflective journal where they document their actual accomplishments. Students learn the transformative powers of the story invention process, as well as critical thinking, media production, using the social Web to affect the collective consciousness, based in part on Durkheim’s and Kelsey’s ideas on social theory, cohesiveness and community involvement.

On the final day of camp parents, family, and friends are invited to a Premier Night Oscars party.

Week 1: “meStories” Week

Day 1:

• Ice Breaker – determine cognitive styles and discuss results.
• Rules and Expectations Contract
• Initial Expectations Reflection
• Type up Initial Reflection and add as a Google Doc to share How to upload to Websites Introduce the story invention process
• Show examples of meStories (personal stories about one’s self) (Rubric) –
• Reflective Journal

Day 2:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Graphic Organizer /storyboard for meStory
• Presentation on Photostory
• ‘I do – we do’ activity
• Work with Photostory Scripts
• Music selections
• Reflective Journal

Day 3:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Using Audacity for narrations Record narrations
• Work on their Photostory
• Peer review
• Reflective Journal

Day 4

• Final submissions
• Presentations and peer reviews
• Upload project to meStories (http://mestories.org )

Week 2: “weStories” Week

Day 1:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Life/Future timeline Show some examples of ‘Change Stories’ and weStories
o Think Pair Share
• Identify the moment of change or a local social issue that they wish to bring forward Storyboarding
• Gallery walk for storyboards, students/teachers add comments to it (post-its)
• Reflective Journal

Day 2:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Gather materials online, pictures
• Windows Movie Maker
• I do We do activity
• Work with Movie Maker
• Writing a script
• Music selections
• Reflective Journal

Day 3:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Record narrations
• Work on Movie
• Peer review – Rubric
• Reflective Journal

Day 4

• Final submissions for group presentations
• Presentations and peer reviews
• Upload final project to weStories site (http://westories.org)

Weeks 3 & 4: Book Trailers Week

Day 1:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Show some examples of ‘Book Trailers’- (http://digitalbooktalk.com)
o Think Pair Share
• Identify the main story elements for their book:
• Storyboard
• Gallery walk for storyboards, students/teachers will add comments to it (post-its)
• Reflective Journal

Day 2:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Copyrights and fair use
• Gather materials online
• Edit storyboards
• Shot list (for live shots)
• Reflective Journal

Day 3:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Recording the scenes
• Windows Movie Maker
• Group Reflection/Discussion
• Reflective Journal

Day 4:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Group meeting
• Editing movie
• Reshoots for movie or re-edit
• Reflective Journal

Day 5:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Final edits/clean up the project
• Presentations
• Reflective Journal

Day 6:

• Quick-Write – expectations
• Re-edit movies based on feedback
• Final Reflective Journal
• Prepare for viewing party
o Print tickets, hang decorations)
o Invite Parents and friends
o Post videos to digitalbooktalk.com site

Day 7:
• Premier Viewing Party/Ceremony for Graduation of Digital- U
• Oscars theme

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