Wednesday, March 2, 2016

My first Storify assignment: Student work

I assigned my students to create a Storify discussing the impact World War II had on four social groups: Japanese-Americans, African-Americans, Native-Americans, and women.  Storify is a type of presentation tool.  You can embed pictures, websites, video, and audio into a Storify.  It's free and easy-to-use.

The first student project just came in (submitted through Google Classroom).  It looks terrific!  Click here to see it.  And click here to see the assignment sheet I gave my students, and the list of online resources they were to use.


Unknown said...

Jeff –
I am in my second year of teaching US and Ancient World history to 6th and 8th graders. I have been following your blog for a few weeks – the content you’ve been posting is awesome! I plan on using a lot of your material in the future.

I have played around on Storify a little bit. I agree with you – it’s an easy to use presentation tool. I especially like it for the option to incorporate social media into your stories. For this reason, I think of Storify as a great tool to use when studying current events. In this sense, I think of Storify as a sociology tool just as much as a history tool. One of my colleagues uses a similar website called “HSTRY.” Are you familiar with it? Based on the few conversations I’ve had with him, it sounds like HSTRY has a great search feature for finding historical content. HSTRY also has the option to set up classes with your students.

Storify meets a few UDL characteristics. The example you provided falls into the strategic bucket, where students are offered a digital form of expression. I imagine students were engaged and happy to be working with technology – instead of creating an “old school” product like a poster board. I also think Storify can meet the recognition and affective buckets, where teachers can create stories to present new material. You can give students the option to learn about new material through their textbooks and/or your created story within Storify – I’m thinking this would work well if you decide to flip the class.

Did you find that the video tutorial you provided for the students was sufficient? If not, did you have to spend some time in class reviewing how to use the site?
Thanks again, and I look forward to your posts in the future.

Jeff Feinstein said...

Thanks for this very thoughtful note! No--I haven't heard of HSTRY but now I'm going to investigate it. I'll make sure to share what I find on the blog shortly. Yes--I thought that posting the video tutorial was sufficient, especially because Storify is so easy to use.

Please write again and leave more comments. I really enjoyed reading your feedback!