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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Urban Digital Storytelling

Urban Digital Storytelling

(p.271) 28 Urban Digital Storytelling
Urban Environmental Education Review

Maria Daskolia

Giuliana Dettori

Raul P. Lejano

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter considers how the potential of digital storytelling can be harnessed as a tool for teaching and learning about the environment and sustainability in formal and nonformal urban education contexts. It first examines the learning opportunities provided by digital storytelling for urban environmental education before discussing these opportunities using three examples of storytelling-based learning activities that were implemented in different contexts, with different means, and for different audiences to address aspects of urban life. The first initiative involves children and youth as tourist guides in Helsinki; the second is digital storytelling by refugees and immigrants in Western Sydney; and the third is collaborative creativity in storytelling about urban sustainability among Greek university students. These cases show that digital storytelling can be employed with ease as a pedagogical approach, involving people with no particular technical skills, and without expensive equipment.

Keywords:   digital storytelling, urban environmental education, urban life, children, youth, refugees, immigrants, urban sustainability

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