Children with special needs join digital storytelling workshop

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

INTERNATIONALLY recognized social enterprise, Switotwins Inc., holds its first digital storytelling workshop for children with special needs at City Central School in Cagayan de Oro last March 2 and 3.

Hearing impaired, visually impaired, down-syndrome, intellectual disable transition class and children with autism classes participated in the activities and were assisted by their advisers. The workshop promoted digital access for special children through creative processes and storytelling. It is the first digital storytelling workshop of its kind in the Philippines.

“It is very fulfilling to facilitate a workshop were the participants are excited to tell their stories using accessible digital technology,” Marben Jan Picar, Switowins Digital Storytelling Head said. “I also feel humbled that the teachers are receptive to new digital tools even if they have been teaching using traditional methods for so long.”


The two-day workshop was a back-to-back training for both teachers and students.

During the first day, teachers went through a series of activities to create their own digital stories using the Mother Tongue. Before the day ended, they were consulted as to their suggestions on how to improve the module on teaching digital storytelling to children from the special education classes. During the second day, the special education students were able to have fun learning digital storytelling with the assistance of their teachers.

Romeo “Bambi” Balandra, teacher for children with autism, said that having a workshop like this is very timely. He adds” We are able to tap into contemporary technology and use it for the benefit of our students and for the improvement of our teaching methods.”

The workshop was capped by a Digital Storytelling Festival were the facilitators, teachers and students watched their finished products on a large screen, simulating how it’s done in a cinema.

The facilitators, Switotwins Digital Storytelling, is a winner of British Council I Am a Changemaker, Google Business Group Stories and Universities and Council Network for Innovation for Inclusive Development in SouthEast Asia.

Switotwins will be holding another digital storytelling workshop that will be open to all this coming May 4 to 8 in City Central Cagayan de Oro City.

For more details and reservations, contact 09156074540 or email

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 16, 2015.


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