I’m much more optimistic. A lot of what I hear you saying resonates with me under the concept of “voice.” We need to empower more people to share their voices, share their perspectives, share their dreams. There is a powerful role for digital storytelling here. The work I’ve enjoyed doing the most the past 4 years has involved oral history and digital storytelling. It is a scary thing for many people to publish their ideas and “themselves” out on the open web. Workshops we’ve done in Oklahoma have helped literally hundreds of teachers do that for the first time. 1 video created during a 2.5 day workshop is just a start, but it’s an important beginning.
I think an important part of finding and listening to voices with different perspectives than our own is addressing language issues. Lots of people don’t speak English. Meedan is the best example of a website I’ve seen that brings together English and Arabic speakers.
Global Voices Online does a great job giving voice with translations to many different people around the world. This is my favorite blogging and social media project, in fact.
There are multiple aspects to this and multiple ways to move forward. Empowering people to recognize the importance and power of their own voice is a key part. That has a little to do with technology, but a lot to do with relationships and listening.
I hope we’ll be able to start a “Celebrate Texas Voices” project through Storychasers in the upcoming months. I think we’ve only started to scratch the surface of what is possible in terms of “inviting people to the buffet” of digital learning, especially when the invitation involves oral history and digital storytelling.
My opening keynote at iConnect, iLearn this past June (“A-Ha Moments: Voice“) addressed these issues with more depth. Ustream recordings of that session are available on my post about the session and my lessons learned using Prezi.
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