And then there was #storify
Posted by Phil Young
As the team from Storify tells us, Storify “helps making sense of what people post on social media. Our users curate the most important voices and turn them into stories.”
As a teacher and learner I have seen the role that Storify has in the #connectedclassroom. Just a month ago, I introduced a plan to my students. The plan was to integrate #socialmedia tools into our learning throughout our 2nd term in Language, Math, Geography and more. Our first journey into the world of social media was within the Twitterverse, a fast-paced environment of feeling, thoughts, ideas, news and so much more as we followed the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
We discussed how we would use Twitter but of course my students asked the question, “What will we do with all we share?” I already had the answer to their question, it of course was in the plan. I told them the we would tell a story of Team Canada at the Olympic Games using Storify. The questions rolled in. “What’s Storify?” With a brief explanation and a tour of a few Storify’s my students quickly understood what we would be doing with all of their Tweets, feelings, and shares from the time we spent following and cheering for Team Canada during the games.
The result, a few examples…
Each of my students Storified their Olympics, the events, the athletes and the memories that they were left as we followed the 17 days of Olympics. Their work displayed just what #Storify could do to support the use of #socialmedia in the classroom.