Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Using StoryMapJS to Enhance Student Learning

Check out this awesome student assignment using StoryMap.

StoryMapJS is a terrific tool to help students tell stories about topics you are studying.  The software allows students to import maps, images, and videos to enhance the story and places each slide on a map.

Along with Storify, StoryMap allows students to enhance their learning as they process material for their story.

My colleague Jeff Feinstein wrote about StoryMap weeks ago in his US History blog which encouraged me to experiment with it.

We are studying decolonization in AP World History so I asked students to create a StoryMap explaining the process of decolonization in these seven countries:
  • India (Mohandas Gandhi) 
  • South Africa (Nelson Mandela) 
  • Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah) 
  • Algeria (FLN) 
  • Angola Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta) 
  • Viet Nam (Ho Chi Minh)
Students had to create a title slide and three slides for each country. I gave them links to help them with their research.

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