Opening up a dialogue and having a voice: Digital storytelling competition

Planet example
Planet example (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 Details of the PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 were shared by Michael Barbour.

PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 is a global competition where the “principal theme of the Exposition will be ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for life'”. “The idea is to open up a dialogue between international players in order to exchange views on the major environmental, nutritional and energetic issues which are more and more relevant to everyone” (source).The belief is that “that the Exposition represents a unique opportunity to >engage children, youth, teachers and families  in a program aimed at stimulating and developing the knowledge on these important topics” (source).

“For this reason Politecnico di Milano organizes PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015, a digital storytelling competition for schools aimed at creating an engaging learning experience, based on modern technological techniques and methods” (source).

“Since 2006, PoliCultura has involved nearly 25.000 students, aged 5 to 18, and over 1.500 teachers” (source).

Interested in taking part?

All the activities for the schools will start in the second semester (school year 2014-15) for the Northern Hemisphere and in the first semester (school year 2015-16) for the Southern Hemisphere.

The “PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 contest asks students to build a multimedia story on the themes related to Expo Milano 2015 with the guidance of their teachers. They will be provided with the instruments necessary to create the narrations as well as their teacher will be supported with educational resources” (source).

It’s a good idea to check out the information kits provided, as well as the learning impact.

Why?

Some of the main reasons to take part include:

  • the issues are really of planetary relevance (and very good for pedagogy)
  • this is a world education experience, with world communities of learners, world-shared resources, world-shared content…
  • there is high visibility of the output (in the initiative website, as well as at the universal exposition’s premises…)
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I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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