MDST Awards 2017 at the BFI (June 2017)
Critical Connections II: Moving Forward with Multilingual Digital Storytelling was a global project to boost 21st century literacy in schools using digital storytelling. The two-year project (2015 – 2017) involved researchers working with students, teachers and parents in community-based complementary and mainstream schools in the UK, Algeria, Luxembourg, Palestine, Taiwan and the United States as part of the multilingual programme. The project has the support of the renowned British Film Institute (BFI), British Museum, Museum of London and National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE).
Hua Hsia Chinese School was happy to incorporate this project into our students’ curriculum, thereby reinforcing the benefits of an integrated approach to language learning, Our students were taught digital skills with which they used to create bilingual digital stories.
Goldsmiths British Film Festival
Our Year 5 students had celebrated their filming masterpieces at the Goldsmiths Film Festival on Monday, 24th June. Students produced Mandarin learning material through digital film and some were showcased at this high profiled event.
Year 5 at the Goldsmiths Film Festival
The film festival at Goldsmiths to which students and teachers involved is the two year project (2012-2014) known as ‘Critical Connections: A Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project’. The project aims to highlight the benefits of a more integrated approach to language learning (English, foreign and community languages, other subject areas) and to develop critical digital literacy skills. This is a new way of teaching, which we intend to incorporate into our higher level classes.