We are back from an incredible journey to Haida Gwaii, BC for the last few weeks, and what a productive and recharging trip it was! A total of 4 workshops were delivered : 1 student Stop Motion Animation with Grade 3 students in Port Clements, 1 student Digital Storytelling with Grade 8 students in Masset, and 2 Professional Development workshops at George M, DawsonSecondary School. There was a lot of enthusiasm for the new apps and techniques I introduced to them, and I am optimistic there will be many more animations and Digital Stories coming from these students in the near future :)
Aside from the educational workshops, some highlights of Haids Gwaii were staying with so many hospitable and helpful locals, learning about so many aspects of life on the island that I would never have gotten staying in a hotel, and experiencing the magical beauty of this part of the world. It is hard to describe how beautiful these islands are: the never-ending beaches, the moss-covered forests, the rich Haida culture, the full moon rising over North Beach... I cannot recommend visiting (or moving to) Haida Gwaii more.
Thank you to everyone in Haida Gwaii for your generosity, knowledge, and unforgettable welcome.
Now that November is in full swing, many new plans are taking shape: Our first Montreal workshop is taking place this Friday with a group of Grade 1 Francophone students where we will be making Stop Motion animations. A visit to New Brunswick is tentatively booked with the Acadian Film Festival to meet the Deputy Minister of Education in Fredericton, a trip to Labrador for the Labrador Creative Arts Festival to deliver a series of Stop Motion Animation workshops is almost confirmed (fingers crossed), and near the end of the month we will be delivering Professional Development workshops with two huge teacher conferences in Montreal, QPAT and SPEAQ.
I feel recharged from this trip to BC, and even more confident in the limitless potential for media education with Canadian teachers and students. Please spread the word about our work, and don't hesitate to get in touch about any questions you may have about what we can do together!