KA2 Story Maps. Between the 8th and the 13th of April we have carried out a series of workshops in collaboration with the Casco Viejo Socio-Labor Center, with eleven students from hairdressing and mechanics studies, along with alumni of that center. The objective has been for the particiats to share their life stories by working with a platform called ArcGis online, combined with Esri Story Maps to translate their stories into a digital format.
The series of workshops are part of the strategic project My Story Maps, in which Mundus participates along with with four other European entities and which aims to use narrative and digital maps as strategies for reintegration into the educational path. The use of narrative tools and digital maps allows us to visualize complex problems and relate differ aspects of one's life.
Specifically, these activities had the objective of motivating people who had abandoned or were at risk of abandoning their studies in early stages to resume their learning experience, involving them in a directed activity that contextualizes and gives meaning to their experience in the form of a digital map.
The content of the workshop lies in the combination of learning materials provided in the two modules proposed in the project: How to tell a story and Skils of media production. The main idea is to involve the students in an experience of self-evaluation, discovery and self-reflection about the context and reasons that lead peole to decide not to continue in school.
In this way, creating a digital map represents a point of both departure and arrival, as it represents a process of self-empowerment, which, when finished, provides a renewed sense of identity and ownership of one's stories. In this way we can start generating new steps, towards a new direction, within the lifelong learning journey.
The people who participated in this workshop agreed on how interesting the activity was: “It is a very important activity, I loved it”. In addition, all agreed on the importance of having a place to tell their stories and showed a great interest in sharing them in order to help other people: "Telling about our lives seemed very good because this may help other people who have gone through something similar get ahead"; "(...) I am very happy with the story we did because it might help someone else, and I want to show it to my family because it is very interesting". Finally, many considered that these workshops have helped them to develop cross-cutting skills such as communication: "It was an activity in which they teach you how to open up to speak, express yourself, say words, communicate and learn."
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