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About Brett Pierce

Brett is a teacher, program developer, producer, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Meridian Stories, a Digital Storytelling nonprofit for middle and high schoolers that challenges students to create digital narratives around core curricular goals.

Brett had the great fortune to spend most of his professional life at Sesame Workshop in New York City, serving as a Co-Executive Producer on media projects about literacy, math, science, and conflict resolution for youth around the world, including work in Iraq, South Sudan, North Macedonia, and the UAE. He is married with two grown kids.

Brett's Superpower
Brett’s passion and focus is what propels him forward. He has a love of infusing creative twists into everything he does, working with the belief that creativity equals fun and engagement. That all adds up to his drive to ‘create knowledge.’ That is what he aims to do in his work and projects, and what Brett is trying to set up students to do: create knowledge and not regurgitate or recite it. And in order to do that, one needs to mix original thought - creativity - with existing content, to yield a new understanding of that content. And we do that with words, music, imagery, and sound, and that's where the magic just begins.
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1. Explore the step-by-step process that digital storytelling entails and the educational value it delivers. Follow a guide to help you plan, organize, and teach how a digital story is created. 2. Learn effective ways to guide students through the research, creativity, development...
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1. Explore the main components of digital storytelling. Learn the mechanics of how these components work together to create a dynamic form of communication. 2. Delve into the factors that shape the emergence of digital literacy. Detect its relationship to traditiona...
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1. Explore the step-by-step process that digital storytelling entails and the educational value it delivers. Follow a guide to help you plan, organize, and teach how a digital story is created. 2. Learn effective ways to guide students through the research, creativity, development...
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1. Explore the main components of digital storytelling. Learn the mechanics of how these components work together to create a dynamic form of communication. 2. Delve into the factors that shape the emergence of digital literacy. Detect its relationship to traditiona...
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Expanding Literacy: Bringing Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom

Storytelling is humanity’s most universal form of communication. It is also one of the hardest to master effectively. But there are powerful opportunities for students to command this vital form through digital storytelling, which offers new and deeply relevant pathways to communicate effectively and purposefully using text, sound, music, and imagery still and moving. 

How can we make meaningful, thoughtful digital storytelling a standard, best practice in schools? Brett Pierce takes you on a journey into the deeply engaging world of digital story creation, providing a new outlook for why Digital Storytelling is critically important and how to integrate these processes seamlessly in the classroom.

Expanding Literacy offers a specific project-based learning angle that can be meshed with any traditional and non-traditional curricular topic and is flexible enough to be applied to almost any content area. It’s an approach to learning that focuses simultaneously on deep curricular learning and a range of digital and human skills, all within the expansive realm of digital multimodal literacy. 

We all live in a visually driven, technological world. In digital storytelling, the written word is an integral part of this visual world, but its role is re-cast in coordination with the creatively robust properties of sound, music, and imagery. The resulting narrative experience is impactful. Prepare students for most anything that the world may throw at them and teach them how to communicate effectively inside of the digital universe that envelopes them, now and in the future. 

By Brett Pierce
Format Softcover
Product No. 9780325132396
$38.47