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Digital Stories: Youth + Writing + Moving Image

In a model collaboration, Writers In the Schools (WITS) and Aurora Picture Show, two Houston arts/education non-profits, worked with students and teachers in public schools to write and create short films. Students worked with WITS creative writing instructors to write, revise, and deepen personal stories. Then, media arts instructors from Aurora collaborated with the writers to have the students create stop-motion animation films based on their own writing. The panel presentation will address specific aspects of the project, from setup to completion, but will also speak to the larger context of blending the media art form with the writing art form to hook students into producing relevant (and revelatory) work for the media age. The collaboration has been so successful, we have increased from one school to four schools and are looking to expand to six schools this year.

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  1. How can arts education raise the level of learning and prepare students for the 21st Century?
  2. How does media literacy improve writing skills, and how do improved writing skills influence the creation of the moving image?
  3. How can the integration of arts education into a language arts curriculum operating in a standards-based world improve student performance on standardized tests, efficacy in other disciplines, and student attendance/retention?



Jack McBride, Program Director, Writers in the Schools

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Achievement Gaps and Educational Equality
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Beginner
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