Students at the Tibetan Children's Village work on their digital story "Compassion in Action."
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BRIDGES AMBASSADOR CLASSROOM PROGRAM
The Bridges Ambassador Program connects youth in classrooms around the world through the creation of digital stories and through teacher-facilitated discussion forums. Using Bridges’ curriculum as a guide, students explore culture and traditions, conflict and reconciliation and environmental sustainability issues from local and global perspectives. Teachers and their students are highly supported in the classroom by Bridges staff and volunteers.
BRIDGES GLOBAL CITIZENS PROGRAM
The Bridges Global Citizens Program connects students from around the world to each other in password-protected, classroom-to-classroom discussion forums where they talk about important global issues. Youth-created digital stories with accompanying story guides are used to enhance discussion and learning in the classroom. This program is an innovative way for youth in Bridges’ network of partner schools to connect online, watch stories told by youth for youth about global issues, and share their own stories, photography and ideas with peers.
BRIDGES PASSPORT PROGRAM
The Bridges Passport Program provides access to a selection of ten youth-produced digital stories, with accompanying story guides, for classes to explore rich multicultural content. The stories can be woven into any curriculum to enrich learning with unique content produced by students from a wide array of cultures. Teachers enrolled in the Passport Program have access to a DVD with digital stories and online curriculum resources provided by Bridges throughout the year.
Membership fees for the Bridges programs are dependent on each individual school’s ability to pay (“sliding scale”). For our programs to be successful, it is important to have a broad diversity of voices from around the world, and we do not want this fee to prohibit a classroom’s participation. Program fees are subsidized for all participating classrooms by our generous funders.
BRIDGES INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Bridges to Understanding offers international internships for students currently enrolled in college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student. Bridges’ international interns help middle and high school students at our partner schools in Peru, India, South Africa or Guatemala gain greater cross-cultural understanding by learning directly from their peers across the globe. Interns teach students to create and share digital stories about their lives, communities and important global issues using students' own photography, music and narrative voice.
TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTING
Bring the Power of Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom with a one-day workshop being offered by Bridges to Understanding in Seattle. Educators (we focus mostly on middle and high school) are invited to learn the basics of teaching their students how to produce digital stories about their lives, communities and common global issues, and then share them with their peers around the world.
Learn more and register here.
Bring a Bridges teacher workshop to your school – call Joyce McClure, Bridges Executive Director, to discuss pricing. Consulting time with Bridges: $50/hour.
The Bridges Digital Storytelling in the Classroom Curriculum, written by Jennifer Geist and Tania Westby, includes our nine-lesson process for making digital stories in the classroom, and comes with many helpful resources.