It’s hard to believe we’re already over a month into the school year. Pretty soon, thousands of Earth Force students will be implementing their action projects and thinking about ways to make sure their community is engaged with the change they’re trying to create. This week, I want to share a few tools that can help students ‘get the word out.’
Adobe Youth Voice – This is a very in depth collection of resources, templates, and other materials around brainstorming, ice breakers, project planning, critical responses, and much more. Some materials align to Common Core and are translated to Spanish.
Floodlight – The tool, created by several foundations in Denver, specifically supports youth in creating, posting, and sharing stories about community issues to inspire people to act. Students can simply combine photos, text, and music to create a video about their project.
The almighty iPhone – This may seem obvious (or not) but new iPhones possess powerful storytelling tools. Using the iMovie app, youth can piece together photos from their camera roll, use the voice recorder to narrated the story, and have a dynamic video pieced together in no time.
MapSkip – Currently moving to a new platform, this tool allows students to create place-based stories using Google maps. It’s a great option for adding before and after pictures so students can show how they impacted a certain part of the community. You simply drop your pin and add text and photos to ‘tell the story’ of that location.
Pixton – This tool allows young people to create comics to tell the story of their community. There are a variety of settings to choose from including a rural town, river setting, or urban city. (It includes more creative settings too like space and Roman times.) The only downside to this program is the characters lack diversity. The paid-for option allows you to totally customize a character though.
Add your favorite storytelling resource in the comments section!
Author: Kristen Mueller
Kristen Mueller leads national communications, creating engagement and excitement around Earth Force, and its partners’, hands on, minds on programming. Specializing in traditional media and social media relations, she brings youth voice and leadership to the forefront of the environmental education field.