Thursday, July 25, 2013

Twitter for Teachers & Storify

I will be giving a workshop in the upcoming Future of Education conference this August 19, 20 & 21st in Montreal.  This will be the second time I give this workshop and hope to get more teachers onboard with using Twitter for professional development.

Storify is powerful tool for curating content from Twitter (as well as other social media networks). While there are other apps that curate into slick magazine formats, like Paper.li and Flipboard, I like Storify's annotation feature.  Each element that I drag from the social media feeds into my storyline can have an annotation.  This is especially important for adding context and insight into the story/narrative that we build and share.  Here is an example of one that I have been working on for the upcoming Twitter for Teachers workshop: 


Storify could be used in the classroom for teaching media literacy and real time search techniques. Students can demonstrate their knowledge of evaluating sources as well as choosing the most relevant and interesting feeds to build their stories of breaking news events.  In today's media landscape, students are not just consumers of content; they are creators and curators as well.  Storify is a useful tool that will help students shape and organize the media that they want to share with their networks.

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