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Pirita Juppi: Digital Storytelling for Immigrants


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My presentation in the international Phototherapy Symposium in Turku 2.-4.2.2011

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Pirita Juppi: Digital Storytelling for Immigrants

  1. 1. Phototherapy Symposium 2.–4.2.2011Digital Storytelling for ImmigrantsPirita JuppiPhD., Principal Lecturer in JournalismTurku University of Applied Sciences/Arts Academy
  2. 2. Media educationINTERFACESOF DIGITALSTORYTELLING Participatory Digital Therapheutic media Storytelling writing Photo- therapy
  3. 3. PILOT GROUP IN AUTUMN 2010• Organized in the Turku Christian Institute which provides training for immigrants.• Group of immigrants participating in preparatory training.• 14 students(12 completed the course and the digital story)• Ca. 18–30 years old; mostly men, only 4 women. •Countries of origin: Afganistan, Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, Algeria, Thailand. •Varying competence in Finnish language. •Varying IT skills, most of participants were used to use Internet.
  4. 4. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORKSHOP • 7 meetings • Altogether 25 lessons – Introductory lectures – Case examplesTäkän kuva tai – Practical project: a tutored kaavio process of making a digital story • Media students as tutors helping with photography, recording the voice-over and editing the story.
  5. 5. INSTRUCTIONS FORTHE DIGITAL STORYLength:• 2-4 minutes film• Max. 1 page long written storyTopic:• A significant place• A significant person• A significant moment in life (certain event, turning point…)
  6. 6. • Topic • Main idea/angle • Story writing • Storyboard THE PROCESS OFPlanning DIGITAL STORYTELLING • Images: Taking or searching for photos and other images. • Sounds: recording a voice over, searching for music and/or sound effects.Producing • Editing: and texts using an Täkän kuva tai sounds Combining images, editing software. kaavio • Sharing the digital stories in the workshop group, discussing them. • Publishing the stories online Sharing (with permission).
  7. 7. TOPICS OF THE DIGITAL STORIES• Home country/ home town (4)• Living in Finland (5) See some examples of stories:• Other (3): • Going to school, • Story of the grandmother • Autumn
  8. 8. CROSSCUTTINGTHEMES•Cultural differences•Home sickness, longing•Belongin and notbelonging•Loneliness•Feelings of being astranger, outsider.•Also stories with a morepositive tone: newopportunities,friendships, starting tofeel at home.
  9. 9. POTENTIAL OF DST IN IMMIGRANT EDUCATIONContents of ITC and Cultural identity and mediaintegration training interaction Basic structures(Finnish National Board Life skills of society Socialof Education 2007) Everyday and skills cultural Basic skills services DST contributes tolearning Finnish Finnishlanguage and ICT and languagemedia skills, andprovides a way ofdealing with cultural Working Studying life skills skillsidentity and cultural Optionaldifferences. studies
  10. 10. OTHER BENEFITS• Potential for crossing the cultural and communicative chasm between the native Finns and immigrants and increasing intercultural understanding and tolerance.• Provides valuable information and insight into the experiences, emotions and current phase of integration of the person telling the story – useful to teachers, youth workers, social worker etc. working with immigrants.
  11. 11. Ideas for further developmentDeveloping methods of Digitals Storytelling, which1) are suitable for formal immigrant education (integration training) as well as for youth work or voluntary work;2) facilitate reflection on ones own ethnic, national and cultural background and on the new living environment and culture;3) Provide a means of self-reflection and self- expression;4) Facilitate construction of a coherent identity in diaspora, between two cultures. = further exploring the potential of Digital Storytelling for facilitating social integration and empowerment of immigrants.
  12. 12. Thank you!