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"Pertenecer": Using Museum Objects to Prompt Stories and Explore Sense of Place and Belonging

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Pertenecer is a digital storytelling workshop that enhances the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication) and improves digital literacy.  In this three-day workshop participants attending Fairfax County Public School Family Literacy and/or the Parent Leadership programs will use museum objects as prompts to create videos of personal stories. No technical experience is necessary, but participants of all levels will:

  • learn about the variety of resources available in the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
  • experiment with story-boarding techniques for creative writing.
  • learn how to record and edit an audio file.
  • be supported in the selection of images and the production of a short video.
  • reflect on the Digital Storytelling 5-steps process
  • practice oral and written English language skills
  • enhance identity through personal stories
  • strengthen intergenerational family bond
  • increase visual literacy through close looking at art

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This workshop is part of the research project "Storying the Cultural Heritage: Digital Storytelling as a tool to enhance the 4Cs in formal and informal learning" led by Dr Antonia Liguori, appointed as a Smithsonian Fellow with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) from March 1 to June 30 2018, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK under the International Placement Scheme. Over the next months, Dr Antonia Liguori, in collaboration with Dr Philippa Rappoportwho has agreed to serve as principal mentor/advisor during Dr Liguori’s appointment – will work with Fairfax County Public School Family Literacy and Parent Leadership Programs to explore the use of Digital Storytelling in combination with the digital resources of the Smithsonian Learning Lab. 

Observing a portrait

Antonia Liguori

Little Orphan Annie in a Pittsburgh Institution

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Francis S. Chanfrau

National Portrait Gallery

The End of Day

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tortilla Maker

Smithsonian American Art Museum

"We Can Do It!"

National Museum of American History

Cutting Squash (Leah Chase)

National Portrait Gallery

Farm Couple at Work

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Roger

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sketching a story

Antonia Liguori

Storyboard Templates

Antonia Liguori

The 4Cs: Collaboration

Antonia Liguori

The 4 Cs: Communication

Antonia Liguori