Developing Student Voice in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies and Multimedia Projects

On October 9th, Facing History staff and educators from across the United States came together for a webinar on developing student voice in the classroom using digital media and reporting skills. Participants looked at examples from the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project, an ongoing digital storytelling collaboration between WNYC’s Radio Rookies and the New York office of Facing History, shared digital reporting resources, and brainstormed projects they could do in their classrooms.

FacingHistoryTechClassroomHigh school students who participate in the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project tackle complex questions about identity, community, belonging, and other issues relevant to today’s youth over the course of three to four months. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces using Mozilla’s Popcorn tool, and share these stories with their communities. Many of the skills practiced meet the Common Core State Standards in media as well as listening and speaking, helping students to participate effectively in conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, build on the ideas of others, evaluate information presented by diverse media, and assess a speaker’s point of view.

“[The Neighborhood to Neighborhood project] presents practical ways of addressing controversial topics in the classroom,” said New York City Facing History educator Pamela Pritzker, who has worked with the Radio Rookies resources.

Attendees of the workshop were all part of Facing History’s Digital Media Innovation Network, which connects educators around the world through digital media and enables teachers and students to share tools, resources, and strategies for learning with technology. Radio Rookies Senior Producer Kaari Pitkin also joined in.

Watch a recording of the webinar.

Read more about the project and find DIY reporting tips, as well as video resources and connection questions, on our tech blog, InterFacing.

Additional resources on Youth Media and on Using Radio Rookies Stories as a Teaching Tool can be found on the WNYC website.

Find ideas for lesson plans and check out an example of how one group of Not In Our Schools students used digital media to take on cyberbullying.

Let us know with a comment below – What projects are you working on in which students are given voice?

The Neighborhood to Neighborhood Project was made possible by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust and The MacArthur Foundation. 

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