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Digital Story Workshop seeks to build dynamic bridges between often disparate areas of study, fostering truly interdisciplinary learning in pre-K through 2nd grade.  To that end, Kristin B. Eno has led projects in NYC public and private schools that have addressed NYS English language arts, social studies, and science standards.  She enjoys collaborating with classroom teachers, coaches and administrators to create projects that utilize the children's natural inclination for spontaneous dramatic play and oral storytelling in an exploration of an original plot.  Throughout the spectrum of Digital Story Workshop projects, Kristin has found that the video medium opens children up to deeper exploration of many themes, and she maintains that video is a valuable and accessible tool that should be used for teaching a range of subjects in the early grades

DSW has led video-making sessions for children in kindergarten through 6th grade at these schools and non-profit organizations:

• PS 27, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. (Sponsored by a NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Grant, 2007).

• Cypress Hills East New York Beacon Afterschool Program (Sponsored by BAC Community Arts Grant, 2006).

• Cypress Hills Community School (PS 89), Brooklyn, NY. (2006).

• Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York, NY. (Collaboration with Border Crossers, 2005-2006).

• PS 8, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. (Sponsored by Rotunda Gallery).

• PS 27, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. (Sponsored by a NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Grant, 2006).

• Our Lady of Lourdes School in Brooklyn, NY. (Sponsored by a NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Grant, 2005).

• Clearpool Children's School, Brooklyn, NY (2001-2004).

• an after school art program, a kindergarten, program for street children and a school for children with special needs in Oaxaca, Mexico (2003).

• Maria's Children, Moscow, Russia (2003).

Art and non-art curricular areas upon which Digital Story Workshop focuses:
• Art (visual, dramatic, musical, multi-media)
• Language Arts (oral and written language skills; storytelling; expressive narration)
• Social Studies (video exchanges with children from somewhere else)
• Science (exploring the natural world through video stories about living organisms and humans' relationship to them)
• Writing (written stories used as scripts; written responses to video screenings)

Primary New York State Learning Standards in both the arts and non-arts:

ARTS
Students will:
• Experiment and create art works, in a variety of mediums based on a range of individual and
collective experiences (Standard 1: Creating, performing, participating)
• Develop their own ideas and images through the exploration and creation of art works based on
themes, symbols, and events (Standard 1: Creating, performing, participating)
• Develop skills with electronic media as a means of expressing visual ideas (Standard 2: Knowing
and using art materials and resources).

SCIENCE
Students will:
• Use appropriate graphic and electronic tools and techniques to process information (Standard 5: Technology Tools)
• Describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or
animal (Standard 4: Living Environment)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Students will:
• Speak and write for literary expression by producing imaginative texts that use language and text
structures that are inventive and often multilayered (Standard 2, Key Idea: Speaking & Writing)
• Understand the literary elements and compare those features to other works and to their own lives
(Standard 2, Key Idea: Listening & Reading)
• Compare and synthesize information from different sources (specifically oral and electronic/multi-media) (Standard 1, Key Idea: Listening & Reading)
• Use oral and written language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people
(Standard 4, Key Idea: Listening & Speaking).

SOCIAL STUDIES
Students will:
• Compare and contrast the experiences of different ethnic, national, and religious groups in
the United States (Standard I, Key Ideas 2 & 3)
• Share discoveries, information and data in discussion and in writing (Presenting Info).
• Gather and organize information about the traditions transmitted by various groups living in
their neighborhood and community (Standard I, Key Idea 2)
• Participate in group planning and decision-making discussion.

 

© digital story workshop: kristin brenneman eno 2008
brooklyn ny usa
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kristin@digitalstoryworkshop.org