Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project

Macleroy, Vicky; Anderson, Jim and Chung, Yu-Chiao. 2014. Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project. Goldsmiths, University of London. [Book]

critical-connections-handbook_web.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (7MB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

Stories have inspired humanity for generations. Few other funds of human experience have unfolded similar powers in connecting people across time, space, generations and cultures. The renewed interest in storytelling points to its educational potential and the continued impact on people’s lives and learning.
This handbook invites educators to explore the possibilities of multilingual digital storytelling. It draws on the experience of a collaborative project, founded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which brought together colleagues from Goldsmiths,
University of London and teachers, students and parents from sixteen schools in four countries. Their journey of digital story making in all its complexity and variability has led the foundation for this book. It provides precious insights into students’ learning and offers useful practical guidance for educators who wish
to follow this route. Enjoy the fruits of multilingual digital storytelling presented in this book and discover how learning was stimulated in so many facets and layers. Meeting the spirit of the 21st century, the project succeeded in engaging students and their interest in digital technology. But far beyond the fashion of the day, for many of them it also became a life changing experience. It has been eye-opening to witness how imagining and creating stories, with others or individually, helped
students to find pleasure in learning languages, to feel more confident about their own multiple linguistic and cultural identities and to share freely their experience laid open to the eyes and ears of a critical public. This is maybe the most outstanding achievement of the project to have unlocked in students a hidden potential which multilingual digital storytelling was able to bring to shine.

I am very grateful to have been involved in this project and cherish the experience and inspiration it has brought me. I am thankful to colleagues and teachers whose relentless work and effort I admire. Without their commitment multilingual digital storytelling would neither have been as meaningful nor as
empowering for the students.

Gabriele Budach

Item Type:


Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for Language, Culture and Learning



Item ID:


Date Deposited:

24 Jan 2018 10:32

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:43


View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)