Week One!


Students will document, explore, adapt and digitalize a cultural story using digital media.


Culture: The system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that the members of society use to cope with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning (p7).
This is a complex definition and points to four important characteristics stressed by cultural relativists:
symbolic composition,
systematic patterning,
learned transmission,
societal grounding.
Source: U of M


Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.

Storytelling is a means for sharing and interpreting experiences. Stories are universal in that they can bridge cultural, linguistic and age-related divides. Storytelling can be used as a method to teach ethics, values, and cultural norms and differences. Learning is most effective when it takes place in social environments that provide authentic social cues about how knowledge is to be applied. Stories provide a tool to transfer knowledge in a social context.

Source: Wikipedia/storytelling

digital media

Digital media is a form of electronic media where data are stored in digital (as opposed to analog) form. It can refer to the technical aspect of storage and transmission (e.g. hard disk drives or computer networking) of information or to the “end product”, such as digital video, augmented reality, digital signage, or digital art.
Wikipedia/digital media


  • pre-production:
  • word document must include web URLs, original cultural stories digital representation/adaptation plans, brainstorms

20 marks

  • production:
  • 2 minute digital presentation
  • cultural adaptation

20 marks

  • post-production:
  • post digital media with pre-productions to the OBBM post site
  • create a post on your website and post digital media with pre-productions.
  • Watch three other digital,adaptations and comment on the cultural connections to other stories you have experienced.

20 marks


  • create a modern day digital adaption of a traditional cultural story
  • post your pre-production and final production
  • comment on student productions
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