Storytelling is as important today as years past – perhaps even more so. There are many competing forces and it is challenging to capture audience’s attention. Questions to consider might be “What is your story? How are you telling it? Is it getting to the audience you wish? Why bother?” Answers will differ depending on who you ask – teachers, students, administrators, community.
Social media is an easy way to get the word out. These include blogs, wikis, Twitter or even various online magazines. Even QR Codes placed on class windows and bulletin boards lend to a sharing of story. (It becomes easy for parents to use their smartphones to capture and take home little snapshots of information.)
Using multiple platforms can be challenging. A blog is a good starting point— it offers many ways to bring out your creative genius as well as a place to share what is happening in the school or class. The platform allows for inclusion of images, audio, video and text (something for everyone). Posts can be short or long, ‘newsletter-ish’, or just capture the ‘moment-ish’. It offers students a chance to flex their voice and create a positive digital footprint. Especially when the commenting function is being used to go beyond superficial communication, to ‘lift and clarify’ thoughts.
Why bother? Your voice, your story much like your students need to be heard. You may think that there are only little things but they may be huge in the life of someone else. You’ll never know until you share and celebrate the great learnings that are happening in your class or school.
So how is your story being told?