• Title: My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World
  • Author: Bob Pletka
  • Released: 2005-10-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 1595800050
  • ISBN13: 978-1595800053
  • ASIN: 1595800050
From Inspired by photography books such as Rick Smolan's America 24/7 (2003), which records moments in a single day across the country, Pletka, a director of technology for Southern California's Covina-Valley School District, organized a similar project with high-school students in his region. The students'charge was to capture, with words and images, their lives during a month at school. Grouped into categories, the powerful student essays and photos address the trip to and from school, learning and the ways students play after school. The intimate images reach far beyond the headlines and hype about teen trends and emphasize the enormous pressures students face, beginning with their grueling schedules--many pictures show the predawn commute to school. Equally affecting are the students'frank critiques of the "dull, lifeless" teaching methods and the joy they find in dynamic classrooms. Adults and teens will come away stirred and enlightened by this raw, impressive student collaboration and by Pletka's moving introduction, which challenges administrators to rethink how school is taught. Gillian Engberg
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