Tell Your Story, You Global Citizen

Focusing on citizenship has becoming increasingly important in our schools. Buried beneath test scores, evaluations, and data analysis, students are often missing an opportunity to develop critical characteristics that enable them to become effective global citizens. Truong-White and McLean explore how digital storytelling in the classroom can enhance global citizenship. Digital Storytelling for Transformative Global Citizenship Education analyzes several projects that were produced by the Bridges to Understanding program in middle and high schools.

The authors highlight several ways that digital storytelling can be used to “support a human rights and social justice perspective” (pg. 7). Arguing that studying one’s own community and communities that are unfamiliar to an individual, Truong-White and McLean point out that the “critical analysis and reflection tied to a critique of relations of power lead to personal transformation” (pg. 5).  Students conversed with other schools and shared their digital stories across the globe. In several instances, students were able to observe non-mainstream voices about areas far from their own community. Not only did the analysis of other communities create an opportunity for collaboration, but the “narratives could be used to counter the stereotypes that students have” (pg.19).

Exploring the varying benefits of incorporating digital storytelling into the classroom, this argument presents as one of the most important benefits. Students need to develop essential skills of communication and collaboration on a global scale. Learning about diversity and being a global citizen creates awareness of human problems, rather than “the other world” or “third world” problems. Nurturing a characteristic of understanding students not only generates a society of individuals who are proud of their own culture, but a society of individuals who support and celebrate those who are different. Isn’t that what we all aim for? Mutual respect?


2 thoughts on “Tell Your Story, You Global Citizen”

  1. Interesting article! As it stated in the conclusion, there haven’t been many studies on how digital storytelling connects to global citizenship. It really made me think. Being a global citizen is an assumption we all make while surfing the far reaches of the net, but how does it make us more aware? More empathetic and positively motivate our actions? DS can give a much greater understanding of cultural differences as well as specific needs in struggling people groups. I like the line: “Digital storytelling is evolving as a potentially powerful innovation to support the aims of global citizenship education…” Very exciting! Thanks for the share.

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  2. What a concept, Global citizenship! Reading your post got me pumped up about the idea of using digital storytelling for the sake of understanding cultures and environments unfamiliar to oneself. It is such an enlightening experience for students to get to interact with others thus erasing stereotyping and hatred for the unknown. I love that you mention that storytelling also has the added benefit of communication and collaboration skills. I see so much benefit now to storytelling in the classroom, and I am really enjoying the many insights that articles like this are bringing to my world. I wonder what insights you have had as a result of exploring this article and if there is anything in your own practice that you are considering shifting or changing? (Posted on 9/18/16 @ 5:37 PM)

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