Proposed title – “Things That Matter”

Year 9 students at my school will be doing a refugee immersion experience towards the end of the year where they will participate in a camp and experience what it might be like to be processed as a refugee and be part of a processing centre. It is designed to develop empathy and compassion and provides a series of opportunities for personal and team growth. Around this challenging experience, we have built curriculum content in a range of areas including Religious Education, English and SOSE. We have collated a range of resources to use, including the website “How Far We’ve Come” that I used for my digital literature review and the incredible SBS story resource, “The Boat”. The story I plan to create could become another digital story resource.

My school has iPads as the student device, so I need to create something that works on iPad and is freely available. I am planning to create a story most likely using Adobe After Effects (if I can brush up my skills) or as a fallback, either iMovie or Moovly. It will then be shared on Youtube and the link provided for students to access.

I would like to parallel the experience of a child in the first world with those of a child in a war torn area. The topical events of the Syrian refugee crisis are a main source of inspiration for me and align with the content we are already planning to deliver in the school curriculum.

I will hand draw a series of images – for each of which I will use Photoshop to adjust and create a transformation from first world to third. The images will overlay and transition from first to third world as one fades out (or maybe glitches) over the other. Text will play on the screen and will fall off the screen and be replaced by a second line as the story transitions. If I can create good enough sound recordings I will use audio to enhance the story as well.

I am also inspired by a combination of other texts and resources. Australian picture book artist, Jeannie Baker created a print story, Mirror that parallels the experience of an Australian child with a child growing up in Morocco. I studied Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer for my Literature review and was inspired by the idea of creating a book that is seemingly for young children, but where the content is better suited to an older audience. An additional purpose is the opportunity to explore and think through images, text and audio, thus developing visual literacy (Hall, 2012). A largely visual experience may also create an emotive response as young people are likely to empathise with the story – having experienced first world, and regularly hearing about third world events.

I have written a series of text lines to use including the following examples; the first line will transition to the second:

Tonight I saw the fireworks. Even though each cracker was so loud the colours were so pretty.
Tonight a bomb hit a few streets from my home. It lit up the sky and fires burnt all night.
Sometimes I wish I had more space in my bedroom. I can’t fit all of my jackets in the wardrobe.
After the bomb, we gave our spare clothes to survivors and now I share my room. 
References
Baker, J. (2015) Jeannie Baker. Retrieved from http://www.jeanniebaker.com
Hall, T. (2012). Digital renaissance: The creative potential of narrative technology in education. Creative Education. 3(1). 96-100. Retrieved from SciRes http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2012.31016
Tan, S. (2015). Shaun Tan – rules of summer. Retrieved from http://www.rulesofsummer.com.au/