Nutmeg recently completed a partnership with Skills 21 at EdAdvance where Mike and Pat taught a 10-week digital storytelling class at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury. It was a hands-on course designed to expose middle school kids to digital storytelling tools like cameras, lights and techniques in how to tell a story to an audience. It was a great opportunity that Mike and Pat will never forget and each share their experiences below:
Mike: Telling stories is an inherent skill we all have. When we're children, it's a natural process to our learning. We hear stories from our parents, relatives and friends. We experience the world through stories and we're never 'taught' how to tell a story. We sort of learn it as we go. Today, there is an enormous opportunity for kids to share their stories through the myriad of tools at their disposal. The kids we met through the program already knew about YouTube and SnapChat. They knew about how videos get posted. How you can use the filters on their phones. What we were able to do was give them a glimpse into how to go about saying what they want to say. Telling a story to express their feelings. To make people laugh. To make people think.
Pat: I was introduced to digital storytelling when my buddies and I took a camera and filmed a few scenes from The Great Gatsby instead of writing an essay. I expanded on these skills with Connecticut's Film Industry Training Program. Education has always been important to my continued career in this industry. To be on the other side of that coin this time around has been incredibly fulfilling. There's so much more we would have loved to cover and help this group learn. The most important thing that struck me, however, was the stories they decided to tell. They told stories about being bullied, about making friends, about accepting each other; as Mike mentioned, stories about expressing their feelings. These are the stories that need to be told. These are the stories that will affect change in our world. We're proud to have been able to help these students on their journey.
Check out this video about the program: NBC Connecticut
If you're looking to institute a Digital Media/Storytelling into your classroom, please reach out to us at info@NutmegInstitute.com. We cannot wait to help prepare the next generation of storytellers; the future is bright!