Storytelling ThrougH
DIGITAL MEDIA

Real or fake - can you tell the difference?
Explore how what we see, read and hear online are not always true.
Become a photo manipulator, editor & creator.
Beginner or not, join us online, live with a teacher and other girls.
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Introductory level, filled with creativity, teacher-led online course for girls aged 12-18 years old. During this
3-days course, girls learn how to tell a story through the exploration of the most popular digital tools by creating illustrations and their first website with power, purpose and impact.

COURSE CONTENT

Tutorial 1: Storytelling – Discover, Build and Present Your Story

In this tutorial, girls are introduced to the art of storytelling through visuals and get to create their own personal story. It is an icebreaker to allow girls to discover what their story is and launch it by creating a personal storyboard.

Tutorial 2: Photo Editing – Learn How Pictures Are Manipulated On Social Media

This tutorial explains to girls the concepts of photo-editing and manipulation. Girls begin to familiarize themselves with photo-editing tools and understand how the images they see on social media are altered. From here, they become architects of their own reimagined visuals.

Tutorial 3: WordPress – Reach A Global Audience Through Your Own Website

Girls are shown how to use and navigate around the most popular website creation software WordPress. Each girl creates her own website to present her story to the global audience.

Tutorial 4: HTML Programming – Understand The Logic of Coding, A Skill That You Consume Everyday

During this tutorial, girls experiment with HTML programming language on their websites. It allows them to see how coding is not a distant skill, but rather a purposeful tool to advance functions and designs on their websites.

By the end of the course, each girl takes home a fully functional personal website that she can continue working on at home and proudly share with family and friends.

All the students who completed the course would highly recommend it to other girls.

Project created by a student who attended the course.

REGISTER FOR THE COURSE

Want to develop your own website & photos?
Join this 3-day course to design your own personalized website.
No prior knowledge required. 

REGISTER FOR TUTORIAL SESSIONS

Don’t have time to attend the full course? 
Join the 3-hour tutorial happening every Wednesday at 13:30.
No prior skills are required.

WHY STORYTELLING?

Storytelling doesn’t just happen only through words. In the era of digital technology and the power of social media, the ability to create an interesting and engaging story through visuals – this might be just the most important skill to have in the 21st Century.

CREATIVE ACE INSTRUCTOR

Julie Thornhill is a professional storyteller working in the field of branding and communication. Julie is passionate about stories and enjoys sharing her experience with young girls to support them in expressing their creative self. 

What do people say?

I didn't know how to create a website or tell a story through pictures before. I don't think I would have been able to do it on my own, and doing it like this, as a fun activity, made it seem interesting and motivating doing it.
Catherine
AGED 14
My daughter attended the recent Empowerment Lab. She has already taken several 'girls coding' classes, but none of them have really appealed to her. Her experience with EMPLAB was extremely positive...she came home talking at length about day 1 and could not wait to get back for day 2. She learned graphic design and how to create a real website in just a single weekend, and she proudly shared the website's link with family and friends.
What was also very interesting, especially for teenage girls, is how the lab taught that images are manipulated in the media and on social networks. It is easier for girls to have a positive body image when they understand the pictures the see everyday in the media are actually manipulated. This lesson was well-reinforced by the girls learning how to manipulate photographs themselves in Photoshop (of other subjects).
SF Carroll
MOTHER OF ATTENDEE