Henry David Thoreau spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of America’s most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as “Civil Disobedience.” Yet his lifelong journal reveals a fuller, more intimate picture of a man of wide-ranging interests and a profound commitment to living responsibly and passionately. Students can read and listen to Thoreau’s personal reflections on nature, friendship, slavery, and society in The Morgan Library & Museum’s online exhibition Thoreau’s Journal: A Life of Listening. The excerpts from Thoreau’s journal are read aloud by students in New York University’s 2015 and 2016 first-year seminar on Emerson and Thoreau.
Here is the second set of Jason Ohler’s revelations about digital storytelling. From using digital stories to educate students and letting them pursue their goals, he explains how digital storytelling can be a powerful education tool to help students mature, grow, and think critically.
In this blog, Jason Ohler discusses 20 revelations about digital storytelling. From simple storytelling technologies in the early days of smartphones to the plethora of information that is available today, he tells a story about the good and the bad, the new and the old, and how we continue learning to find our own narrative. This blog encompasses the first of his revelations.
Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.