Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
Expat Student in The Mirror. The Power of Creative Narratives Through a School Blog and Online Magazines
Building stories, anecdotes or our own opinions on various topics has been an important component in acquiring knowledge and skills in life for centuries. For expat teenagers, i.e. rootless students who have never lived in their country of birth or left it when children, such activity is of great importance nowadays. It explains who they are, helps them understand their own identity, strengths and weaknesses and at the same time they will feel better in a group of peers from other countries and cultures.
New digital tools such blogs, vlogs and school online magazines provide a wider audience but also require caution and responsibility for one’s creativity, directly comparing their own achievements with the peers’ ones. The new tools also have offered teenage students incredible opportunities to explore the psyche. The result of this internal analysis is a better contact with themselves and, consequently, with other members of the communities which students are part of.
Keywords: expats; narratives; blog; online; magazine.