I believe that stories can be used to teach, heal, and transform lives. With graduate degrees in Anthropology and Educational Psychology, I conduct research into narrative identity, educational storytelling, and human-social-story interaction.
In my quest to equip an army of educational storytellers, I have come across some other revolutionaries and sources or great help. I wanted to share a few of my favorites.
- eLearn Magazine has a fantastic starter article on using storytelling (and digital storytelling) for educational contexts. This is a must read for anyone looking to add to their education tactics.
- Henry Jenkins is a researcher who deals with media, education, and fan studies. I have cited him several times in my papers. In “Transmedia Education: the 7 Principles Revisited” he discusses some key points in creating MMI, educational stories. It’s a bit technical, but a super foundation for those really interested.
- “Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future” is a lesson on educational storytelling with emphasis on practice and multi-culturality. Perfect for those wanting to take storytelling to the next level.
Educational gaming is important to me. I believe that any way we can engage students and have those students engage a variety of processes, senses, and intelligences, the learning will be cemented much more effectively.
This is one of my favorite sites for open to use, digital educational games.
In this TED talk, Richard Culatta speaks about innovative learning and personalized education. It’s truly inspirational and gives some great, practical tips.
Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized leader in educational innovation with experience in k-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. Culatta is known for his thoughtful approach to bringing new ideas and collaborations to the education ecosystem. Culatta is currently serving as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education and as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education.
I advocate, fight for, and bleed the mixed-media, interactive revolution, but I seem to always think of this as a digital-only field. It’s not. By definition, MMI is all kinds of media, and this digital-only thinking hinders the very revolution we are trying to spark.
One of my favorite MMI projects is The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, a “magical, personalized storybook.” The user (a parent) inputs some basic information about the child, and orders a personalized picture book about a trip through the universe. Each trip is personalized, including finding the child’s name in a constellation of stars.
This really is worth checking out — for the revolutionaries, and especially for anyone who has children in their lives. https://www.lostmy.name/en-US
When at all possible, let others do the work. Yeah, that may sound lazy, but I prefer to think of it as efficient. Truth be told, there is a LOT of quality educational material out there that is free to use. A lot of it is for more advanced users (college courses and the like), but some of it is perfect for any age.
Here are a few of my favorite Open Educational Material sites
This initiative from Rice University provides dozens of best-of-breed college courses free for the public.
From MIT, another exceptional site. This one includes actual MIT courses that are streamed. You can interact with other students, ask the professor questions, and even do the assignments
Udemy is a commercial site where users upload courses on every topic imaginable. There are a lot of these kinds of sites, but I chose this one to post about because it has high quality standards and a wide variety of courses
The Holy Grail of free online courses from top-of-the-line Universities. Some are always open, others run at the same time as the class on campus. Interact with students and professors and even take a credited route.
What have I missed? Share your favorites in the comments.