Ozarks Writing Project Advanced Institute ENG 625 (3 graduate hours) June 22-26, 2009, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. M-F Spring Orientation Meeting Fall Renewal Meeting Keri Franklin, Ph.D. 901 S. National Ave. Pummill Hall 1J Springfield, MO 65897 kfrankling@missouristate.edu 417.836.3732 417.224.6192 Kathy Gibson Greenwood Middle School OWP Co-Tech Liaison Kgibson@missouristate.edu 417.866.0720 Larry Neuburger OWP Tech Liaison Miller High School lneuburger@missouristate.edu 417.827.0455

“Digital Storytelling about Place: Exploring Ozarks Culture and Traditions for Ourselves and Our Classrooms.” The Ozarks Writing Project will host a Digital Storytelling Workshop called “Digital Storytelling about Place: Exploring Ozarks Culture and Traditions for Ourselves and Our Classrooms.” The goal of this five day workshop is for rural and urban teachers to create digital stories about the Ozarks community, history, and heritage and bring back their knowledge to their students who will then do the same. The Advanced Institute will meet from July 20-24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the campus of Missouri State University. A pre- and post workshop meeting will be scheduled. Applications are available at http://owp.missouristate.edu . The Missouri Humanities Council awarded a grant in the amount of $2,245.36 to Dr. Franklin for the purchase of digital video recorders and memory cards for use by the teachers during their participation in the Advanced Institute.

What is Digital Storytelling? From “The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling,” University of Houston: Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. And the topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling.

The Ozarks Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project (NWP) located in Berkeley, California. The National Writing Project model operates on three assumptions: (1) Teachers are the best teachers of each other; (2) Teachers must write to understand their students’ writing

2 problems and to enhance their own writing skills; and (3) Teachers from all grade levels and content areas should interact. The Ozarks Writing Project mission is to provide teachers of southern Missouri a space to write, both personally and professionally, and to talk with others who want to learn more about the art and science of teaching writing. The OWP is selective in that it encourages the best of the best teachers to apply and then be accepted to the Advanced Institute on the Missouri State campus. The OWP recognizes teachers’ authority and expertise in the world of teaching and asks teachers to demonstrate what they know about teaching writing. OWP participants are encouraged to promote writing in their classrooms, their schools, and in their school districts by offering workshops and inservice programs. Because this is not a lecture-style course but a professional development course for teachers, we do not consider ourselves as instructors, but facilitators. If you need supplies or resources, we will be glad to assist you.
Goal: The goal of this project is to encourage teachers and students to incorporate community engagement and cultural awareness within their own classrooms. The workshop will provide teachers with access and information about the culture, heritage, and environment of the Ozarks and to provide them opportunities to write, read, and explore community through digital storytelling. Teachers will be provided with professional development in order to learn how to use the technology for their own project and implement the project into their classrooms. Product: Participants will develop digital stories about place and community. They will create their own digital stories and view and analyze examples of student and teacher work. These digital stories will be archived on the Ozarks Writing Project web page found at http://owp.missouristate.edu. This archive will act as publishing and as a resource for other teachers who did not attend the institute who may be interested incorporating digital storytelling or community research into their classrooms. Using resources from the Ozarks Studies Institute, the Missouri State Libraries Special Collections,  and local sites, teachers will experience placed­based writing which will encourage community  engagement and community as a research topic for teachers and students. These digital stories will  make use of instructional ideas and activities shared and highlighted during the Advanced Institute  and/or could be organized around themes related specifically to the Ozarks or themes such as  community, place, journey, discovery, Ozarks, Missouri, and American History, etc. The thinking  behind this topic is that teachers need to find and take opportunities to learn in places outside of class  and connect history, the arts, economics, ecology, science, geology, and botany using digital  resources. As teachers in other parts of the state have explored the same theme, we hope that our  collected writings and lessons of place may make a collection worth publishing and sharing with  teachers in Missouri and beyond. Participants: We welcome applications from teachers at all levels, in all content areas, with all levels  of writing and tech experience. Teachers will fill out an application and be chosen based on diversity  of grade level and school districts. Teachers will receive free graduate credit (3 hours) and use of  digital equipment to create their digital stories. In addition, Fellows will be able to take home with  them, digital resources that they can then use in their own classrooms. Cost: Registration is $100. 

Make check payable to Ozarks Writing Project. This money will go toward buying technology that  you can keep for classroom use. 

Attendance, Punctuality, Participation, and Assessment: We will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. each morning. Please come a few minutes early to eat, drink, and visit. Please attend the Institute every day, unless an actual emergency prevents your attendance. The stipend will be pro-rated based on attendance. The Writing Project is built on the community of teachers and writers that are collected in this room. If one is gone, we aren’t quite whole. It’s important that you are here. Non-discrimination Policy Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Equity and Diversity, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417) 836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention of your instructor’s Department Head. Please visit the OED website at www.missouristate.edu/equity/. Accommodations To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), www.missouristate.edu/disability. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc. Academic Integrity Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at www.missouristate.edu/assets/provost/AcademicIntegrityPolicyRev-1-08.pdf and also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library. Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy. Dropping the Course It is your responsibility to understand the University’s procedure for dropping a class. If you stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade and will also be financially obligated to pay for the class. For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the university, contact the Office of the Registrar at 8365520. Dropping the course will also result in the loss of the stipend, registration fee, and technology.

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