NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED562258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Ancestor Project: Aboriginal Computer Education through Storytelling
Weston, Marla; Biin, Dianne
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (Fort Worth, TX, Oct 22-24, 2013)
The goal of the ANCESTOR program is to use digital storytelling as a means of promoting an interest in technology careers for Aboriginal learners, as well as increasing cultural literacy. A curriculum was developed and first tested with Aboriginal students at the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Based on feedback from both teachers and students, the curriculum was updated and then tested with non-Aboriginal students. Following more refinements, the curriculum was then delivered to Aboriginal learners using two different approaches. The first was a summer camp that took place within a First Nations community over three weeks, and the second was a special elective for grade 6 Aboriginal students at Shoreline Middle School in Victoria. The results from all these deliveries highlight student engagement, cooperation and imagination plus an increased interest in technology. However, in spite of a rich First Nations storytelling tradition, youth were unable to provide cultural perspective in their stories which demonstrates the lack of cultural transference. Next steps will include more emphasis on the integration of technology with the use of traditional language(s), as well as experiential components such as the inclusion of elders and time "on the land". [For the full proceedings, see ED562107.]
International Association for the Development of the Information Society. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Victoria)