In addition to educating leaders for multimedia design and information systems careers, Touro College Graduate School of Technology (GST) has one of the leading Master of Science in Instructional Technology programs in the country. The program’s curriculum is tailored to educators (or aspiring educators) and industry professionals seeking comprehensive training in the effective use of instructional technology in schools and organizational settings.
One of the program’s recent graduates, Sara Silver, created a particularly exceptional final project. It has gained wide recognition and demonstrates the kind of innovative approach to technology integrated education that Touro GST’s Instructional Technology master’s program promotes.
Here is a brief overview ofTouroGST graduate Sara Silver’s “Six Words for Schools” project:
Sara’s project was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, written in response to a proposed challenge to write the shortest story ever. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, Hemingway came up with six words, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In 2006, online publication SMITH Magazine challenged readers to submit their own Six Word Memoirs for a contest. With this in mind, Sara wrote and designed a student workbook and teacher’s guide to bring Six Word Memoirs into the classroom, initially for grades 3-8. This includes, of course, providing teachers with the tools to integrate technology into their Six Word Memoir classroom projects.
For the technological component of this project, Sara chose to introduce two creative digital resources; Pixlr and VoiceThread. Pixlr is an accessible, free online picture editing tool which allows students to turn their memoirs into digital art. VoiceThread is a tool used by everyone from elementary school students to executives. Students used these tools to create multimedia class presentations with recordings, drawings and text, to go along with their memoirs. In addition, students were able to publish their memoirs at SMITH Magazine online!
Sara’s project was a resounding success. Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine has invited her to present with him at additional speaking engagements; she introduced her project at Harlem Children’s Zone, and student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In her final reflection, Sara writes, “I believe my project was not only successful, but also meaningful...I have really enjoyed talking to teachers at my school and other schools to share how to implement Six-Word Memoirs into classrooms and integrate technology to create a personal, meaningful experience.”
Sara has demonstrated how her strong foundation in instructional technology can inspire projects like Six Words for Schools. She encouraged students to use their critical thinking skills and creative powers in the classroom. As a Touro GST alumna, Sara will use her master’s degree to improve education for many students by using technology creatively. To find out more about the Master of Science in Instructional Technology Program at Touro GST, click here.
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