SchoolNetSA has received an email from a teacher in Canada who is offering a wonderful opportunity to a Grade 6 or 7 teacher and class in SA in digital storytelling as from September 2016 and probably continuing till the same time the following year. Would you be interested? You would need constant access to computers. The teacher would need to be open to using photography and making digital stories with his/her students. Experience with those media forms is not necessary as Hoa Truong-White will travel to the school from Canada to conduct workshops.
The email says:
I am a PhD student at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Previously I taught primary school in Canada. I have received the Canada Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela to carry out a project that connects three middle school classrooms in an online collaborative project that involves blogging, photography and digital storytelling. Currently, I have a middle school class in Vietnam and one in Canada that will participate. I am looking for a third class to take part. I'm wondering if you could help to connect me with a grade 6 or 7 class in South Africa?
The project will begin in September 2016. It centres around students' identities as global citizens, children's rights to citizenship and the ways they participate as citizens in their communities or globally. I will provide the class with digital cameras for the project and travel to the school to give photography and digital storytelling workshops. I will also set up a secure online classroom platform (similar to the one used by iEarn) where students from the three countries will engage in regular blogging, discussions and sharing of photos and videos).
I would like to work with a class that has access to computers and the Internet and students who are learning English. I would also like to interview students about their experiences learning with students from around the world through the Internet. I would come to South Africa for the interviews and to deliver digital storytelling workshops to the class.
If you are interested, I will send further details, or perhaps we could Skype. Looking forward to hearing from you.
If you are interested please could you respond to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of this term.