Our Digital Storytelling Teacher Training program brings together like-minded globally conscious educators with award-winning media industry professionals for 8 to 14 day tours to amazing locations. On these teacher-only trips you will create compelling stories, learn how to integrate digital storytelling methods into your classroom, and leave with the skills to lead your own digital storytelling trip with students abroad to a destination of your choosing.
Join nationally award-winning cinema and journalism teacher Michael Hernandez on an exciting digital storytelling teacher training trip to Guatemala. Teachers are guided through the process of teaching students to produce multimedia stories both in their own communities and abroad. Training includes practical use of hand-held media to create compelling content, securing subject interviews with empathy, and capture the experience of people and cultures first-hand. By making your own project, you will learn the technical and storytelling elements needed to create powerful narratives that resonate with audiences. Michael offers insight on how to effectively apply processes in your classroom, communities and as a teacher leading student groups abroad.
In our daily travel workshops, participants acquire skills and practical exercises for their own classrooms:
-Journalism Fundamentals: Story identification and development
-Ethics of Digital Reporting: Truth and cultural sensitivity
-Techniques to Hook and Hold an Audience
-Easy Script Writing Formula
-Video Production Techniques
-Distribution Strategies: Creating a YouTube Channel/Building a Blog
- Stroll through charming pueblos
- Explore ancient Mayan culture
- Trek coffee farms and experience fair trade farming first hand
- Hike a spectacular volcano
- Photograph rare scenery
- Boat across sparkling Lake Atitlan
- Shop in colorful markets
- Understand how young Mayan women make positive impacts within the community
While exploring the intriguing country of Cuba, teachers are guided through the process of teaching students to produce multimedia stories both in their own communities and abroad. Training includes practical use of hand-held media to create compelling content, securing subject interviews with empathy, and capture the experience of people and cultures first-hand.
Genocides don’t just “happen.” They are the product of incremental –but perceivable – policies of targeted hate. Join us on our transcendent discoveries from horror to healing. Witness the ultimate renaissance and the triumph of hope.
The word “Vietnam” is shorthand for complexity: 1960’s American Cultural Revolution, geopolitics and military miscalculations. Explore Southeast Asia’s extraordinary beauty in friendship today. Understand the causes of conflict and the riches of peace.
It’s about solidarity, not charity. Work and learn with non-profit organizations serving people recovering from conflict: genocide survivors, land-mine victims, economically marginalized-poor. We engage students using a social-entrepreneurship framework sustaining local prosperity long after we return home.
“Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes,” says the ancient Indian sage. The path to believing requires courageous people to bear witness. Our Digital Journalism Trips teach professional skills-- photography, video, blogging, and multi-media—to give voice to the voiceless. What’s your story? Discover and share truth across boundaries.
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