Why is Storytelling Important?
If the idea that storytelling is important is a new one for you, we suggest that you take your 10 minutes today, and explore some of the resources below.
The importance of storytelling has been documented on many levels. Some of us came through a school system that de-emphasized the importance of stories, and valued the memorization of facts. We may need to relearn the power of stories, and how they can play a critical role in our work as educators.
Consider the breadth of the idea of storytelling on Wikipedia.
Explore the importance of storytelling in First Nations Pedagogy.
“When it comes to inspiring people to embrace some strange new change in behaviour, storytelling isn’t just better than the other tools. It’s the only thing that works.”
Still not convinced?
Check out some of these TED Talks on the topic of storytelling, or this article in The Guardian on the Importance of Storytelling in the Digital Age.
Why Is It Important to Tell Our Stories?
If we don’t tell our stories, someone else will. We are doing amazing work in education today. Who are we telling about it?
The importance of taking time to tell our stories is captured in this post by Stephen Hurley: Telling Tales Out of School: The Stories that Emerge from the Work That We Do. We hope you will take a few minutes to read it and consider your role in spreading the great stories of public education in Ontario.
Earlier this year, Darren Kuropatwa visited OSSEMOOC to share ideas around Digital Storytelling. You can access his slides here.
Some of our participants shared their learning in the video below.
How can we begin to use digital storytelling in our classrooms?
This example from Kathy Cassidy demonstrates the power of tools available to help even early primary students share their stories.
How can you find out more about Digital Storytelling? Here is a great starting point: 50+ Web Ways to Tell a Story (by Alan Levine – @cogdog)
What digital storytelling resources or examples do you have to share?
Digital Storytelling Resources (Dr. Alec Couros – @courosa) -> further resources here as well
Storytelling (David Jakes – @djakes)