Voices of Youth (VOY) is all about blogging, filming, interviewing, and storytelling. On the VOY website, students will find easy-to-use resources that can help them to sharpen their multimedia skills. These tools are meant for young people who enjoy expressing themselves through media but feel they can still improve their skills. An Instructor’sManual will aid educators and youth-group facilitators in planning and conducting short filmmaking workshops with adolescents and youth using smartphones. Accompanying the manual are four video tutorials entitled Plan It, Film It, Cut It, Share It, along with a participants’workbook. In addition, beginners and advanced blogging guides provide practical advice and tips and tricks about blogging. The blogging guides are available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. An accessible version of the beginners guide is also offered, in English only. All of the guides are freely downloadable from the VOY website.
In this installment of our Digital Storytelling Series, Jason Ohler provides a framework for using digital storytelling (DST) to enhance educational standards. He also suggests ways to incorporate new media development into future versions of those standards.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”