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Youth Digital Storyteller Badge System Recognized at National Conference in Chicago

Harvey Chism, VP of Educational Innovation at PYN, presented at the annual Digital Media and Learning Conference

Category: PYN | Mar 14, 2013

Harvey Chism, VP of Educational Innovation at Philadelphia Youth Network, is presenting in Chicago today at The Digital Media and Learning Conference

The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University  of California, Irvine.

Harvey is presenting on The Youth Digital Storyteller Badge system (YDSB), a collaborative project in partnership with Big Picture Alliance, The School District of Philadelphia, WHYY, and Youtopia. This program introduces aspiring high school-age filmmakers to the art and science of digital filmmaking. During after school classes and other free time, students explore a combination of five principal skill sets and identities:

  • Story developer
  • Editor
  • Filmmaker
  • Collaborator
  • Digital storyteller

Students fulfill these roles while creating documentary and narrative short films. When students master a particular skill set, they gain corresponding digital badges, digital recognition of accomplishments that can be shown on individual profiles and various social media sites. The badges are generally defined by a combination of academic (Common Core Standards aligned), technical, and 21st century skills. The school-based, after school program introduces students to industry-standard equipment and software. Instructors are professional filmmakers who provide guidance and feedback on original student work. The program staff collaborates with school faculty to evaluate student work. Participating students are eligible to earn English Language Arts (ELA) credit for work completed through this project.

The Youth Digital Storyteller Badge system complements the School District of Philadelphia's Project Mastery Initiative, an educational strategy funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to: (1) promote anytime/anywhere learning, (2) expand credit attainment opportunities, and (3) ensure mastery-based teaching and learning.

To read more about the badge program, click here.  

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