George Dixon Academy
Exploring our culture
The project explored patterns of migration and immigration; and reflected, recorded, and celebrated the cultural differences among young people in the group.
Participants undertook research on a topic of their choice. These included: food, music, dress, and language.
Age group: 12-14 years old
Methods used: Oral history interviews; digital storytelling.
Digital Storytelling: Participants prepared a short report on an aspect of their culture they wanted to explain. They brought in some significant objects as a focus of their stories.
They each created a short presentation. For example:
One of them researched her family roots. She was able to find out about her great uncle, who fought in the Vietnamese war. The project helped her to reflect on the importance of understanding our own history, and the value of recording people’s memories and stories. You can see her film - and another of the films that the students produced - below.
You can see team coordinator Henna Hussain talking about the students’ work on the project, in the video below. There is a report by students in the school's History Group, in the PDF file.