We wrapped up another great Celebrate Oklahoma Voices digital storytelling workshop today in Oklahoma City, with 22 more Oklahoma educators completing the 2.5 day workshop and creating their own short digital stories. Here were some of my favorites from our “show and tell” time today at the end of the workshop.

Ranee Butler did a wonderful job sharing her passion and enthusiasm for teaching, for kids, for learning and more making school FUN in this four minute video. Would you not LOVE your own children to be in Ranee’s class?! Can you tell she’s a primary teacher who has moved up to middle school, and LOVES working with kids every day?!

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Linda Snyder‘s video “Summer in the Cellar” brought back my own memories of spending nights growing up in Kansas in our basement during spring storm season, and also reminded me of how important community connections are to neighbors and friends.

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Elizabeth Taylor‘s video “Myrtle” features her 92 year old aunt describing what it was like to grow up in the 1930s. Isn’t it amazing to realize how much the world has changed in so short a time, and how many things we now take for granted which at one time might have seemed impossible?

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“Leon’s Homestead” by Cindy Acord tells the story of a two year old boy coming to Oklahoma in a covered wagon, in his own words. 🙂

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June Foster begins her video “One Room Schoolhouse” with the statement, “There’s a lot to be said about one room schoolhouses. As she points out, the level of differentiated learning and collaboration which was common in these schoolrooms of yesteryear can and should inform us today as we consider ways to continue improving the formal educational opportunities of students in our “modern” schools. June’s video is compelling in large part because of her wonderful writing. A good written story often can become a good digital story. Thorough and careful planning in the digital storytelling process is often a key ingredient for success, and that is certainly the case in this example.

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Digital storytelling can be wonderful, and these stories by Oklahoma educators certainly provide cases in point. I’m even more enthused to see the digital stories these teachers will be helping students create in their respective after-school programs around Oklahoma!

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2 Responses to A Passion for making learning fun, Memories of Growing Up Poor, Coming to Oklahoma in a Covered Wagon, One Room Schoolhouses

  1. kirsti says:

    you’ve just given me a great idea about a community blog series in terms of what it would be like to have people from all over the community do a video documentary (short as you have them here) about a place, voice, story, image or memory from their cultural past and how it connects to their sense of community membership (or not). Many thanks!

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Wonderful, Kirsti! I think it’s true that “all politics are local,” and the idea of having students lead a local oral history / digital storytelling project in their community is a great one for helping catalyze conversations about the constructive ways we can use digital media to enhance our lives as well as our communities. Good luck and please keep me posted if you move forward with this idea in your area.

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