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It’s not often that I write about what’s going on in my classroom, but this semester, I’ve spent quite a lot of time revamping certain courses and considering new methodologies. Teaching intensive English courses to foreign students and teaching American Literature at the same time is a challenge, particularly as it’s been nearly two years since I’ve taught American Lit. There’s so much background work; plus, I have to re-read everything I’ve assigned and of course add to my extensive notes with each re-read.

Do not mistake this as a complaint. I’m thoroughly enjoying it all, but education moves so rapidly, and I want to stay on top of the resources available to me. Over the summer, I researched online platforms and made the switch from Edmodo to Schoology (a change I’d like to talk more about in a future Notes from the Classroom post).

Today I discovered Storify. I should say, however, that from the different education chats I haunt (and sometimes participate in) on Twitter, I had heard of Storify but clearly had no idea how to use it in the classroom. Previously, I thought it was a way to curate Twitter conversations. So I googled “using storify in the classroom” and came up with some really interesting information. Essentially, Storify gives you the ability to collect information on a specific topic across a number of platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Google), pull that info to your “story” and publish. You can then share that “story” across platforms as well.

Because I feel like I have to cram in more and more information in less and less time, I thought this was kind of genius. One of my goals in my classes is relevancy – for the information I teach but also for the course itself. By pulling important and current information related to class discussions and lectures, I make it relevant in a way that tech-obsessed students “get” – and I also ensure they are using technology that makes them relevant.

This article from Hybrid Pedagogy even shows a really cool way of using Storify to assist with student research, as does ProfHacker in this cool story on Storify. There are so many arguments about student research and open source information, but I truly feel that not allowing students to use the, very often, useful and valid information available to them is a mistake. Using Storify would be a great lesson in the importance of citation from the perspective of a student who may or may not have thought of online content as authorial or worthy of source material.Here’s the story I put together on learning classroom techniques for Storify:


Using Storify in the Classroom

A college instructor takes to Storify to learn how to use Storify. Down the rabbit hole…

Storified by the picky girl · Wed, Oct 10 2012 22:17:18

Anyone out there using #storify in the classroom? Or in any interesting way? Lay it on me. #amteaching #amcuratingthe picky girl
Anyone use #scoopit over #storify? Any #teachers out there with resources? I’m not far enough in to see if either is better.the picky girl
My quest into the unknown. Thus far, no hits.
Web curation: Uses in educationtltelon
“How will students use this?” Critical thinking/analytical skills/context/writing for the web/persistence/time management “Students should be able to say why it matters.”
Using Storify: An Example, and An AssignmentThis is both a demonstration of Storify and an assignment in which students are going to be using Storify. (English 318: Writing in Digi…
A good intro and interesting way to use Storify in an actual classroom.
"A FLIPPED CLASSROOM: STUDENTS AS CURATORS WITH – Prezi2012 Presentation by Sherry Jones for CCCOnline 2012 "Recipes for Success" Conference held at Arapahoe Community College, and…
Really col Prezi explaining student curation, giving sample assignments, and providing helpful links.


So how am I planning on using it? Today I created a dummy story for an introductory discussion on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which we’ll begin reading next week. That way students can check out the story and the information I’ve curated before class. Students will be expected to respond to the information in whole or in part on a Schoology discussion board. I’m hoping the result will be students who have a basic understanding of the historical context of the novel as well as the enduring controversies regarding its content. You can check out what I’ve done so far on my story.  

Mark Twain and Huck Finn

Before we read Huck Finn, I want us to a. discuss the racial climate in which it was written and in which it will be read b. talk about the differences between it and Tom Sawyer, and c. prime your expectations for reading.

Storified by the picky girl · Wed, Oct 10 2012 11:21:02

Oh Huck Finn http://instagr.am/p/Qm3j8bChwF/Samantha Mascary
We are all alike, on the inside.- Mark TwainTosh Hyodo
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.- Mark TwainKings Esekhile
LibriVox » Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literar…
In case you’d rather listen than read.
Why Bother Reading Huckleberry Finn? – Room for Debate …Jan 6, 2011 … If some teachers have the audacity to believe that Twain's work is meaningful, even absent the word “nigger,” more …
Another discussion of the n-word in Huck Finn.
Huckleberry Finn – The New York TimesJan 6, 2011 … A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the word “nigger” with “slave” does the original Twain …
Discussion of the revised/censored edition of Huck Finn.
HUCKLEBERRY FINN Reeks Of The Past In A Most Glorious Way |May 28, 2012 … “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” reeks of the past. It reeked of the past when it was first published in America in 18…
A review.
Is Huckleberry Finn's ending really lacking? Not if you're talking …5 days ago … Blogs · About the SA Blog Network. Choose a … Many readers, reviewers, and critics over the year have found fault with…
For after you’ve read…in case you don’t understand Huck’s actions at the end.
Colbert Report: Huckleberry Finn CensorshipColbert Nation
From the ever-funny Stephen Colbert…
Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — History.com …Even in 1885, two decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn landed w…
Some historical context.
"Huckleberry Finn" and the N-wordcbs
Look specifically at 6 minutes in. Interesting discussion.

Is anyone else out there using Storify? Or Scoop.it? I feel a bit like a fish out of water, but I’m definitely interested in learning. In the meantime, what other cool online tools am I missing out on?

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