What Happens Is Up To You is an interactive DVD that provides students with the opportunity to confront realistic, school-based problems that challenge their decision-making skills. The program is designed to help students learn how to make decisions that will result in positive academic, emotional and social outcomes in school settings. This program virtually brings the student into critical situations that require positive decision-making skills. The technology permits the student to be included in the situation, asks the student “what would you do?” and then allows them to experience the result of their decision immediately. After each decision is made the outcome is played out and peers comment to the student on his or her choice. The peer feedback at the end of each choice is critical to the success of this program.
In partnership with the National Forum on Dropout Prevention Strategies for Native and Tribal Communities, the Association of Alaska School Boards, Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center, and the University of Alaska Southeast, Floyd Dryden students integrated writing, technology, Alaska Native culture and the performing arts to create this years DVD which promotes constructive reaction to school bullies and reducing bullying behaviors as told through an Alaska Native voice.
This Service Learning project included 112, 7th grade Language Arts students in small groups writing bullying scenarios and outcomes, with an emphasis on the Alaska Native student voice. After performing all of the scenarios, students selected 3 to be recorded. Students rehearsed, framed, filmed, and used Final Cut Pro and Adobe Director to create the interactive DVD entitled What Happens Is Up To You.
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