This is a video produced by 5th and 6th grade students at PS 288 The Shirley Tanyhill School in Coney Island, Brooklyn as part of a grant from Goldman Sachs in partnership with BRIC Community Media's Brooklyn Center for Media Education.
The "Digital Storytelling" workshop is a 10-session workshop for 60 to 90 minutes guiding students in an exploration of story. The workshop discussion and screening is facilitated by a BCME teaching artist with the support of an in-house teacher. The Digital Storytelling workshop is primarily a hands-on experience with field production and non-linear editing technology, and providing a good understanding of film grammar, the construction of shots and other important aspects of telling stories visually. The class is limited to 15 students or less to give students more hands-on experience without waiting their turn to use the camera, practice audio or act out their stories.
PS 298 Dr. Betty Shabbaz Elementary and Preparatory School for the Performing Arts is a K to 8 middle school in East New York, Brooklyn. East New York is an under-served neighborhood that has one of the highest numbers of incarcerated individuals in New York State. The Digital Storytelling workshop was a multi-session after-school program that was made possible through a join partnership between the New York Board of Education, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and BRIC Community Media's Brooklyn Center for Media Education. The workshop provided the young participants the skills in video production and editing, and engaged them by conceptualizing a Public Service Announcement on issues that impact their community.