we share our thoughts on Digital Storytelling and how it has affected
Being a member of the DAPP program I met lots of new people. I was
able to learn about them and eventually built up a lot of great
friendships. I was able to express myself in the movies I made,
and to show my opinions to others. I learned how to design websites,
edit images, and make short movie clips. Because of the friends
I made and these skills, I was able to work with a team in a very
effective way. The program will help to express my story for a long
time, because these clips will last so long. Stories than would
never have been heard now have a chance to be seen. I would most
like to tell a story about my grandmother's childhood in Guyana.
Members of the Clubhouse are friendly and supportive. We share issues
with each other, and are not afraid to be ourselves. The mentors
are encouraging and offered constructive criticism. The Premiere
and Web Design skills we learned will be helpful to us in the future.
We all have unique experiences to share and by making digital stories,
we are able to make our viewpoints known. I would most like to share
the story of the car accident in Russia which killed my grandfather.
I learned how to voice my opinions through films.Film is more powerful
and visual and can be used to convey what cannot be expressed through
words alone. Photoshop will be used in college to make impressive
visuals for reports and stuff. Web design gives the ability to express
my opinions to many people at one time. People can relate to films
no matter what the circumstance is. There is a greater audience
for film, and it is an effective way to tell stories. One story
I would like to have heard is my grandfather's story of his military
service in WWII.
Through DAPP I was able to learn new and useful computer skills
that will help me in the long run. I learned how to edit pictures,
which is a useful thing to know and use when I get older. My story
is about my cousin's fight with gang members. I chose this topic
to help other people see the wrongness of gang violence. The program
enables stories like mine to be brought into the light, since most
people don't like to talk about being jumped by a gang. One story
I would like to hear is my brother's story about his encounter with
The program helped me to socialize more with other kids. It also
gave me new skills to use in the future. I learned how to use a
Mac computer, which I didn't know how to use before. Making a movie
allowed me to connect with a larger community by showing my story
on the computer instead of just telling it. The program allows unheard
voices to express themselves by giving them a chance to tell their
own unique stories. I would like to hear about my grandmother's
story of her childhood with ten brothers and sisters.
I enjoyed the program because it was an interesting thing for me
to get involved in. It's something that I normally would not do.
I'll be able to use my digital-movie making skills, like editing
photos, to make fun movies in the future (to document any sports
I am in). Making movies lets me get my story out to others who have
gone through what I have gone through, in an interesting and understandable
media form. I would like to hear my mom's story about being a home
attendant for the elderly.
The program encouraged me to be more open. I work well with other
people now. I learned how to use PhotoShop and premiere, which will
be helpful to my career. Telling my story about living in a shelter
helped me open up to other people. People can relate to my story,
which is on a broader medium than with the written word. I would
most like to hear my brother's story about coming from his hometown
to NYC and how it affected him.
By participating in the Digital Clubhouse I was able to establish
relationships with new and interesting people who I would not normally
associate with. Film is a means of transporting written word into
visual form that others can understand. Before entering the program,
I was unsure about HTML. Now I am able to use it well. Putting stories
in the mainstream enables others who would not normally be able
to understand to understand. Voices can be heard, and with the help
of mentors our stories become enhanced. I would most like to hear
the story of Lieutenant Colonel Lee Archer of the Tuskegee Airmen.