As much as I love Ed Tech, I am an English teacher at heart. Bringing the real world into the classroom was always a priority. The richness and complexity of news items really helped to develop core literacy skills. The absolute best tool for bringing the real world to your Language Arts class is Storify. This web based digital tool allows you to use social media to aggregate information about a given topic.
Features and Functions:
- Storify allows users to search for news items on Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram,YouTube and a variety of other sources. Users can customize their choice of sources as well.
- Drag the text or video onto the Storify board. Users can rearrange the order of the media items by dragging and dropping.
- Users are able to add their own text as well.
- Stories can be published with the option of being public or private. Public stories are available for viewing on the Storify site. Stories can also be shared on a variety of platforms.
Below is a an example created by some of my students regarding the recent Toronto ban on plastic bags: