National Trust Award for WWI Digital Storytelling Education Program


Janis Hanley At the National Trust Qld Awards

It’s official – a high commendation for our Digital Storytelling Program!  The National Trust Queensland awarded the High Commendation for the project ‘World War I Digital Stories – an education program for year nines’. We piloted the digital Digital Storytelling Program for Year Nines from Southport High School last year.  Janis Hanley  adapted the History in Place Kit for an excursion to the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum.  A big thank-you to the History in Place project for providing the inspiration, support and some key tools. And last, but not least, congratulations to Mudgeeraba Light Horse museum and all the volunteers there – what a fabulous day you provide with stories, live horseback tent pegging demonstrations, firing party, hands on activities, stories of battles, and even a sausage sizzle to feed the hungry students.

The students from Southport State High loved it and did great work –  and coincidently returned again just this week.  Congratulations to Southport High School, and teachers Jade Sleight and Greg Kenafake for taking the opportunity to trial the program last year. They both attended last night’s event as joint recipients of the award. Here’s what they say about the program …


Jade Sleight & Gregory Kenefake, Southport Hight School at the National Trust Qld Awards

“The interactive opportunities provided in the digital storytelling program have helped to reinvigorate student desire to learn about historical concepts as well as see in the work and relevance.” – Jade Sleight, Social Science Teacher, Southport High School.

“Teachers today need to explore ways of combining modern technology with real life history experiences.” – Gregory Kenafake, Social Science Head of Department|School Practicum Coordinator, Southport High School.

The History in Place project, the other element in this collaboration, was developed by the History Teachers Association of Victoria, Culture Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.  It provides a Do-it-yourself kit enabling museums to run Digital Storytelling programs in their own museums.  You’ll find their link here at Culture Victoria.  Its a fabulous starting point for schools and museums – great resources.

If you are more local to Queensland, and would like to learn more about Digital Story Telling as a learning activity generally, as a teacher, or for extra help setting up a program for your museum, please send a message to, fill in in the contact form below,  or contact Janis Hanley on 0412615483.

You may also be interested in this one day workshop for your museum or for your school excursions: Creating a Digital Story Learning program for your museum


Working on a digital story at Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum


‘Showtime” – students show their digital stories at Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum

Author: Janis Hanley

Janis Hanley creates education programs for museums. She has a strong interest in digital engagement. Her programs have received several Queensland National Trust awards. Janis is the Queensland representative of the Museums Australia Education committee, and founder/coordinator of MAEdQ - a Queensland Network for Museum Educators . Janis is currently researching the value of digital story telling in community museums.

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