Storytelling for College and Career Readiness


By Jen - Posted on 07 April 2016

Back with Jen in our US home base, Tucson AZ, Creative Narrations is continuing our work with old friends- including the Arizona Department of Education through their annual Adult Education Digital Storytelling Institute.   The topic this year has been specifically geared toward college and career readiness.   Why?  Well, we know that digital storytelling is an interesting way for students to engage with class content.  We hear many examples of how students love using and creating multimedia stories- it improves class retention and students gain valuable technical skills.  But what about those "soft skills" that are getting so much attention these days in higher education?  Things like critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration.  These are all skills needed to succeed in work and academic life and are completely integrated in the process of creating and co-creating multimedia stories.  We're very proud of this continued and deepening work.  We love showing up and having former students show up to volunteer as coaches and co-trainers- To us, this is what sustainability looks like.  To give you an idea of who the students are and how important adult education is in the community, take a look at Linda's story created at Pima College Adult Education, which also was the winner of the AALL (AZ Association for Lifelong Learning) Literacy Week Digital Storytelling contest!  

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