Publication Date

Summer 7-15-2016

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Rachel Slocum

Abstract

Today the importance of digital technology has significantly increased worldwide, as cameras, laptops, and easy-to-use applications and software have become available to educators and activists, enabling them to join the digital world. Through a digital storytelling workshop, I examined the use of digital storytelling as a potential means of empowerment for teenagers participating in the Access Micro-scholarship Program. Using qualitative methods, I looked at the students’ interactions with each other as well as with technology in the process of digital storytelling. The main purpose of this project was to investigate the opportunities that digital storytelling practices hold for youth in order to promote agency and self-expression, adding more data to the literature since digital storytelling has not drawn the attention it needs in Morocco. My main objective is to examine whether digital storytelling can be used as a change agent, that is, an inclusive tool that encourages Moroccan youth to express their concerns about social justice issues. In this regard, I describe the digital storytelling process and the impact that it has on youth, including the factors that turn storytelling into a tool for social change and community building. The results indicate that digital storytelling provided an opportunity for these youth to build their communication and leadership skills and amplify their voices so that in the future they could become advocates for themselves and the issues they care about.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication Technology and New Media | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Social Influence and Political Communication | Social Media | Social Work | Student Counseling and Personnel Services