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aPLaNet ICT Tools Factsheets_14_OurStory

aPLaNet ICT Tools Factsheets_14_OurStory

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Published by: Burcu Akyol on Jan 19, 2012
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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the
European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Resource Number 14
 
Our Story
 URLhttp://www.ourstory.comCategory V
Digital storytelling
Keywords
digital storytelling, writing, creative
Rationale
The traditional text-oriented teaching/learning cannot offer a global vision of the learner's needs. As educational landscape isconstantly growing, also the incentives need to be multifarious and creative. Our Story format offers possibility of engagingstudents actively in composing texts and stories inspired by their everyday life, and searching for additional material. Our Story also fosters teamwork and collaboration with classmates and develops student's ability to reflect critically on their ownL2 experience which are the core necessities for making progress in L2.The rational for using this tool, and simultaneously its greatest benefits, are:
 
To i
mprove students´
writing skills.
 
To
support students´
creativity.
 
To express their personality.
 
To encourage research by helping students invest in issues and engaging them in interactive processes of learning.
 
To reinforce connections between teacher 
 –
student
 –
lesson content and improves communication.
 
To lowers
students´ constraints and inconformity related with productive skill. It is a proved fact that some students
prefer to share their digistories rather then read them loud.
 
To promote classroom discussion, community awareness, global awareness, and a connection between whatstudents do in the classroom and the wider community.This tool utilizes audiovisual aspects to support a learner 
digital text-based product and allows a professional result thatlearners can feel proud of displaying, even if their writing skills are limited.
Its enjoyable format also helps enhance student’s
motivation to learn languages by using an active learning tool.
Description
In today's digitized world, visual storytelling is an important classroom tool popular as well for its affordability and accessibility.Our Story is a tool that offers creating stories to express information. It is an innovative platform for capturing and sharing lifeevents using text, photos and video. After you write and save a story to your profile you can share it with your friends byemail. You can create a contact list using your current online contact lists. It is possible to embed your story into your MySpace, Blog, or your own website. There is also very useful Recent Stories Mosaic tool which provides links to the mostrecent stories created by your family and friends, and the most recent comments added to those stories. By clicking on animage in the mosaic you can read the story and comments.
Resources required
No special equipment to use this tool is needed.
Obligatory resources
 
Desktop computer or laptop
 
Internet browser and connection
Optional resources
 
Printer if required
 
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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the
European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
CostPartly Free
 
 
Basic options are free.
 
Premium features like font size, colour, bold, italics and spell-check are paid services. If you are a premium member you can add as many photos per story as you wish (standard members can only add 6 photos per story for free).
Setup and Configuration
Registration is required. An account has to be found choosing Username and Password. After logging in you can start usingthe platform easily. Results can be embedded in a blog or wiki or other web page, or either shared by email.
Styling
The website is very simple and user-friendly.
 
It’s an easy
and clean way to create and present a story. In section Add Story you fill in Title of your story, TimelineDate, write the text of your story, add photos and/or video and click on Save to save the story.
 
You can view all your saved stories in section My Timeline and Stories. They are ordered according to the date of saving.
Navigation and operation
Navigation is intuitive and as a mature tool is normally reliable and consistent. The main window is clearly-organized and theicons visibly marked. By clicking on Add Story you can start writing and adding stories. You can also add photos and video togo with your story. No special IT skills are required. This ease lowers barriers caused by unfamiliar e-environment andconcentrate on the result.Once you have finished, you click on
“Save” and your story
will be saved to your profile in section My Timeline and Stories. Adate of creation of each story is automatically added to enable creation a timeline of all your stories. There is also Quick Addbutton which allows you to quickly choose a topic of your new story. You just choose an icon from Life, Family and Friends,Children, Education, Work or Travel section and it automatically creates a template with chosen title so you can start writingyour story straight away.

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