Guest Post: Creative Storytelling in the Classroom

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Guest Post by: Matthew Banner

Storytelling is essential in all facets of life. Our very essence of existence is memorized with storytelling. Reserving time for storytelling in the classroom will be a pleasant attraction to your lecture.

Many professors use storytelling to bond with their students while enchanting the learning experience.

Storytelling is quite the ancient form of sharing wisdom and creativity. But today, there are more ways than one to reflect your very own learning experiences to your students using several different methods of storytelling.

While the classic storytelling is a necessity, digital storytelling is making its way into classrooms and being integrated in educational activities.

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is a modern way of portraying a meaningful story and definitely an experience that not very many students will forget.

It’s good to go digital but don’t be a robot. Education needs to be humanized to a large degree. Even with the use of technology, there needs to be an equilibrium between the program and the human.

Though there’s relevance in standardized learning and test taking, there needs to be a little magic in the classroom by including real world experiences. Tying this real world experiences into learning experiences is a reflection of wisdom.

Here are some easily accessible applications and tools that will allow professors and students to tell their story.

Adobe Voice

Adobe voice is a 60-90 second video that allows the user to emphasize on the voice while using photos to tell a story. It’s extremely user-friendly, quick and to the point.

If you have a powerful voice and tone, this program will enable you to capture a message using images and sound.

Animoto

Animoto is a program that allows you to make much longer videos using images, text and music. This program is really good to enjoy music with one of your favorite songs while displaying some powerful images with text.

Book Creator

This is an app for the iPad and voted Best Educational app from the 2015 BETT Awards. For many eager to learn and create, writing short stories is an enlightening outlet. This application is designed for the eBook writer in mind. There is also a twist for the comic. This is a fun way to express thought on your subject through a short story.

StoryMapJS

StoryMapJS is a free application that allows the user to create stories using a map. Sometimes one of the best ways to tell a story is by combining an insight to location along with the event. Story Map has been implemented by well-known news sources such as The Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.

The tool is open to suggestions in case the user has any bug issues or has any other comments to assist in improvement.

Thing Lin

Thing Link is an interactive tool that enables the creator and user to interact using practically any image.The program allows the creator to insert links and videos to interact with the audience and sharing is fairly easy as your Thing Link can be sent easily through social media, email or embedded onto a website.

This is perfect for explaining art, history or any subject for that matter by adding in facts as well as back up informational videos to really get the information to sink in, plus it’s interactive, which is not boring and that’s always a good thing. You can find a simple Thing Link take on the School of Athens here.

Final Thought

With technology at our finger tips, educators are able to captivate their students using different and effective methods with these applications. Not only will they be fun to use while professing but also can be used personally as well.

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