The City of Newcastle’s Digital Library will host a series of workshops to educate local young people about storytelling through advanced tech such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and animation.
The initiative has been made possible through a partnership with Newcastle Libraries and Compass Housing’s Grow a Star Project. The workshops aim to provide the students who lack access to emerging technologies to learn new skills and express themselves in the process.
A group of local students has taken up the five-week program to learn about storytelling techniques and narrative development. The learning will be facilitated through hands-on classes, which will train the students to create their own interactive and immersive worlds.
Councillor Carol Duncan remarked that the Digital Storytelling workshops would motivate the participants to augment their creativity and imagination and deploy modern storytelling techniques to share their experiences with their peers and the world.
“The Grow a Star scholarship program provides young people living in disadvantage with opportunities that they may not normally have access to,” Cr Duncan said.
“The workshops are an excellent way to increase digital literacy through creative digital technologies and ‘world building’ and at the completion of the course, the students will have a portfolio that will allow them to follow work experience and tertiary educational opportunities.”
“The young participants will also benefit from mentoring and will develop communication and teamwork skills by working together in small groups.”
Suzie Gately, the City of Newcastle’s Manager of Libraries and Learning, talked about the workshops being a perfect fit for the Digital Library with a host of resources, technologies, and tools that modernize storytelling.
“While the students will apply the traditional skills of storytelling and building a narrative, they will learn how to create video featuring virtual reality presented by a Newcastle virtual and augmented reality studio,” Ms. Gately said.
The program starts on 20 May and will run through 17 June with 16 young participants.
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