Mosaic Digital Media Guide

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


I have gathered all many tools and handouts we used through-out the course in one place. I hope it can help you discover stories. Click on the image to view mosaic resources. To request the videos in a DVD with the resources contact home inc. (

Thursday, June 29, 2006


This is the where Mosaic ends: Welcome to school. John can reach across and grasp a vision of what this whole experience has been about. Next year the attempt will be to have more works like this.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Joseph's Story

Have you ever felt like you were shunned? You might just want to take a listen to Joe's Story then. On this reflective cinema verite "walkabout," the poetic musings of one teenagers personal conflicts play out like a scene from Shakespeare. Through interactions with his after school mentor, the process of digital storytelling unfolds and is discussed. We are all challenged to come of age when we see Joe's personal transformation taking place before our eyes.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Later Drafts...

Day By Day by Ashley Campbell

Burning Sky by Daniel Burns

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Curai's Morbid Afternoon

Latasha is a very talented student in Mosaic. She not only made part of her own soundtrack but many of her tunes were used in other stories (such as Brittany's and Ashley's story).

From this point on I am cutting parts of the final mosaic film that we created. The interviews in the beginning and the end are segues that lead from one story to the next. In Digitial Storytelling it is practice to ask the individuals if they have anything they want to add to the story before the screening.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


This work, by Daniel, is more a poem than a story. Nevertheless it was inspired by a personal experience that I found to be funny. I hope to capture the stories behind the works as well later on.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The First Drafts...

I will be posting first drafts as they develop. This work consists of more than 250 images which were taken at my request (instead of filming). (it seems she has held the camera in front of her eyes the whole time) There is a great move towards animation and it had done a good job putting the viewr in the car and show the viewer the world through her eyes. I hope in the developing the story we can focus more on “friendship” “heroism” and "drawing" she mentioned which are themes around “inspiration” which is essential to her story. You can click on the player to play the video.

The First Story

This was the first story produced by my class. The student who produced this worked at a very rapid pace. I think this makes for the best story I could wish for... eventhough it is a first draft. It stands for the medium of digital storytelling. Other stories are developing at this point and I remain patient.


Dear Community:
Here is the first digital video produced by Mosaic Course at Social Justice academy. Mosaic is an after-school program that aims at teaching media literacy and making digital stories. I am an AmeriCorps VISTA who runs this program and hope to bring everything I have learned and created in one place and make it available to the community. This video blog not only offers digital stories created by students but resources that helped me keep the program running. I will be offering the students works in different levels of development as well as curriculum and other tools I made or found to use in the program. I hope this can be of help to those who struggle to keep an afterschool program alive. Please leave feed backs and let me know if there are some other things that would be have been helpful. I will try to make this as complete as possible before the end of my service.

Dean A. Gransar.