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The Human Geography Project: Using Multimedia Projects to Develop Cultural Literacy

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Monday, June 24, 12:30–2:00 pm
Location: Franklin 5-6-7, Marriott

Michael Hernandez  
In this hands-on session, learn how to integrate non-fiction storytelling in classes of all levels and subject areas. Modeled on the Humans of New York blog, your students can use tech to create a multimedia survey of the cultural tapestry of your community.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have an iPhone or iPad with the latest version of iMovie installed. If you are using a school district-owned device, make sure you have full access to the camera and microphone, and have the latest version of iOS and iMovie installed. Participants will be recording and editing video footage in the session.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session addresses how to use digital creation tools to develop listening skills and cultural literacy. Participants will learn how to produce video interviews and take portrait photos in order to hear the stories of others and publish digital artifacts to share these stories with a global audience.

Participants will see examples of student work, discuss the purpose of the project, learn to use simple tools to document a conversation as well as publish it online.

Successful completion of the session is demonstrated by the production of edited image and/or video interviews.


Welcome (5 min)
Intro: Humans of New York (5 min)
Student and teacher examples (10 min)
How to conduct interviews (5 min)
5 minute film school (5 min)
Demo of iMovie for iOS (10 min)
Project: recording interviews (15 min)
Project: editing interviews (15 min)
Review projects (10 min)
Tips and best practices (10 min)

Supporting research

Humans of New York:
Human Geography Project:
Producing Student Digital Storytellers:

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Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Michael Hernandez is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant in Los Angeles whose work focuses on media literacy, digital storytelling and social justice. A filmmaker with a master’s degree in film production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Hernandez is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and PBS Digital Innovator. Follow him on Twitter @cinehead, on Instagram @changing.the.narrative and at

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