I tried out digital storytelling in one of the classes I taught on Monday

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For me, some of the most powerful tools that I have been introduced to this semester all centered around the use of photographs. At the beginning of the semester in our eci831 class, Alec introduced us to the site  Dear Photograph and I have not stopped talking about it since. I spent hours reading and looking at all of the photographs. I have told many to check it our. I keep going back to the site as well. When I went to link the website here, I spent more time looking at the latest photos. I am trying to figure out how I can use this in clinical…still trying to figure it out. I think it is a great option for those dealing with change, death or dying. It is a great site to help work through those emotions (for some).

So I Monday, I had the opportunity to teach a fourth year nursing class. This class came about right after my introduction to digital story-telling so I had to try one in class. The topic of the class was on nurse fatigue and patient safety. I had the students chose 5 photos that told their story of fatigue (from clinical, school, life etc) which is a bit of a variation. The students loved it and had such a great time. This class came together, shared stories, laughed and I do believe learned much more than the use of another more traditional method. I would definitely use this again as it introduced the students to another teaching tool that they can use in their clinical practice, opened the door to a rich discussion on fatigue, helped them learn more about copyright and they really did come together to support one another.

And I did tell them to check out the dear photograph site….

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7 thoughts on “I tried out digital storytelling in one of the classes I taught on Monday

  1. Shauna, my third daughter is a RN and graduated from the U of A nursing program with a BScRn. I can guarantee she never had someone be as creative as you. You have shared some great things you have tried with your nursing students as a direct consequence of taking this course. You are the consummate example of a life-long learner interested in fostering that attitude in those you teach.

    Thanks for being creative, I am sure your students appreciate your commitment to presenting new things!

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  3. That’s wonderful Shauna! Like Kevin, I thank you for the example! I’m excited for your students too (and a friend of mine, who will soon be a nursing student), because it’s so meaningful to learn that way.

  4. What a great idea! I bet your students were really appreciative to be able to work on such a creative project! I just checked out the site and have an idea for a photograph of my own. Thanks!

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