To be relevant, learning processes need to recruit, rather than attempt to ignore and erase, the different subjectivities, interests, intentions, commitments, and purposes that students bring to learning.

—Cope & Kalantzis


I think the one thing our students really grab a hold of in the Hands on a Camera program is the first or second day when the teachers tell them, you know they define ‘documentary’ and they give them three types of documentaries, and they explain to them how one of them is giving a voice to the voiceless. It seems like our students really grab on to that idea. So that’s something I’ve noticed, their own personal stories and the stories about the people in their communities, are really more fascinating than anything I have in my life…. (I)t has really helped me to understand where they’re coming from.

Scott Willis



Video Projects

Participating teachers made video documentaries that focused on processes, people and events in their community.

Audio Projects

Teachers experimented with iPods to create these short audio story projects.

Photo Projects

Teachers practiced photo essays in a visual literacy assignment. Here are a few that really worked.