Heading to NECC tomorrow … looking forward to seeing friends old and new … and spending five days with like-minded educators from all over the world with a shared passion: improving professional practice through the authentic use and creative application of educational technology.
One of those friends is Bernajean Porter, whom I had the pleasure of working with during a week-long Digital Storytelling Camp at Peggy Sheehy‘s Suffern Middle School this past April. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals – amazing students, dedicated teachers, talented volunteers like Marianne Malmstrom – and a very special pair of “virtual” team members whose names I can’t mention yet – a powerful vision of digital storytelling in the classroom is about to be unveiled. Problem is, you’re going to have to wait until 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 2nd to hear about it! The session is called “Machinimas and 3D StoryWorlds: Creating Digital Storytelling in Second Life“. Mark your planners! See you there!
In addition to the presentation on Wednesday, another very exciting outcome of the Suffern Middle School Digital Storytelling Camp is also being unveiled. It’s going to be all the buzz at NECC! Bernajean is announcing ISTE’s 2009 Storytelling Corps and the launch of a new ISTE special interest group (SIG) for Digital Storytelling.
I’ve got to be honest here, folks. I knew essentially nothing about digital storytelling before working with Bernajean. Since our weeklong experience, I’ve seen what process, preparation and a perspective mean to the telling of a digital story, and that is … EVERYTHING. I strongly encourage you to check out this SIG, read this press release, and prepare to consider Second Life’s implications as a digital storytelling medium. Like the title says, this is gonna be BIG, and Bernajean is just the person to light the way!
See you in San Antonio!