The World in Ten Blocks: Interactive Explorations of Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Presented at 2017 OAGEE Fall Conference from November 10th to November 11th, 2017

This session will introduce a range of educators to the interactive multimedia documentary The World in Ten Blocks, created by two Toronto filmmakers and presented in partnership with The Globe and Mail. The documentary is set in Bloorcourt, a stretch of Bloor Street in downtown Toronto where immigrant-owned small businesses are the heart and soul of the neighbourhood. At the core of The World in Ten Blocks are ten immigrant small business owners, whose stories reveal both the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship. Our session will highlight pertinent perspectives, themes, and learning objectives gleaned from the interactive documentary and the engaging stories of the participants featured in it. Interactive documentary is an evolving and important field of multimedia storytelling that lends itself optimally to student-centred learning and to play- and/or explorative-based knowledge discovery. Our session will present a multitude of learning activities for both group and individual learning that will help integrate online multimedia documentary learning into your social sciences and geography classrooms. The activities presented in this session will encourage Elementary and Secondary students to reflect on the complexities of the immigration experience and to consider how immigration and global geographies shape their own local communities. We will also overview intuitive and accessible digital storytelling activities that can empower students to engage creatively and critically with narratives in their own communities. We invite a range of educators to attend, including junior, intermediate, secondary, post-secondary teachers, as well as coaches, consultants, and coordinators. Participants should bring their own devices so they can access the Internet.

Scheduled SB04 Sat at 11:30 AM in M11
Presenters Claudia Sicondolfo PhD Candidate, York University
Derval Slatcher
Audience Gr. 7-12
Session Maximum 25
Single or Double Length Single (50 min)
Publishable Emailderval@losttimemedia.com
Publishable URLhttp://theworldintenblocks.com/
Presentation Format Workshop

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