3. Historical or current event
Sometimes getting students interested in current events or even learning about historical events can be difficult. I may not be a teacher, but I know what it’s like from the student perspective. Sometimes it can be boring, but the only way to combat this issue is simply by making the events come to life.
How about giving students an assignment on picking a topic and presenting one side of the story? Or maybe even having them cover all sides of the story? Either way students will be able to learn about the issue at hand.
For instance, just who was Che Guevara and what role did he play during the Cuban Revolution?
With Storify students would be able to include tweets, videos, and gifs. By using these mediums students wouldn’t consider the process of learning about the figure to be daunting because they would be able to see from the conversations that others are having how important that figure was.
4. Interpret classical writing
At some point during high school, a teacher will give an assignment that will have students interpreting a classical work of art. Enter Pride and Prejudice. This classic story written by Jane Austen has seen many adaptations and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be slowing down.
For a lesson, teachers could assign students to use Storify and create a bio story on the author and include what they believe inspired the author to write the novel. Another option could be to create an essay in Storify format.
Not sure what a Storify essay would be? Check out this example by @katiecunliffe.
By using this tool in the classroom students would be able to utilize their knowledge of the platform and create an engaging presentation that allows them to be comfortable with the setting. Students would be more excited about creating this type of essay rather than the traditional essay.
Gaby Arancibia is an editorial intern at eSchool News.