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Making and telling a good story with Storify

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The workshop will look at Storify and how is has been used to support learning. It will consider the range of media that can be incorporated and how this can be used to construct rich narratives.
Digital Narratives Event: Digital Narratives: (re)storying learning experiences for a digital age Date: Friday 8th January 2016 Time: 0900-1600 Location: Nottingham Trent University

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Making and telling a good story with Storify

  1. 1. Making and telling a good story with Storify Sue Beckingham | @suebecks MELSIG Digital Narratives: (re)storying learning experiences for a digital age #melsigNTU
  2. 2. https://storify.com/
  3. 3. Using Storify • The workshop will look at Storify and how is has been used to support learning. It will consider the range of media that can be incorporated and how this can be used to construct rich narratives. • Digital Narratives • Event: Digital Narratives: (re)storying learning experiences for a digital age Date: Friday 8th January 2016 Time: 0900-1600 Location: Nottingham Trent University
  4. 4. History Storify is the brainchild of former AP reporter Burt Herman and his co-founder Xavier Damann. It was first introduced in private beta form in September 2010 as a finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt and went on to win the Start-up Accelerator at South by Southwest in 2011 and the Interactive Award in 2012 (Mashable coverage). The public beta went live in late April 2011. Storify was acquired by Livefyre in September 2013.
  5. 5. What is Storify? Storify is a free tool that enables the user to curate information from social networks to build social stories, bringing together a variety of different media that is scattered across the Web. It provides a space to then add an additional layer by adding a narrative.
  6. 6. How is Storify useful? Storify enables the user to create a multimedia digital narrative that is interactive and social Each story can be shared as a URL link Each element of the story can also be individually shared It is a useful way to amplify the voices of the originators Helps develop better web searching skills Incorporate multimedia (video, photos, tweets, online sources) with original writing
  7. 7. Attributions By using Storify, it's possible to cite content from others who are part of an online discussion or at the spot of an actual event while adding further text to provide clarifications and context from your end.
  8. 8. • Curate tweets shared during a conference • Aggregate a timeline of events • Reactions to important stories and breaking news • Live tweeting and eye witness reports Using Storify to capture events • Gather social media responses about an event • Curate the history of a given event as a timeline • Create a narrative that can help readers makes sense of an event
  9. 9. • A research/topic based post • Create multimedia how to guides • Develop an annotated bibliography • Curate key points from a lecture by note taking using Twitter and gathering as a story • Build a digital CV Uses for Storify in the Classroom
  10. 10. Examples from my Digital Marketing module
  11. 11. Curating a Tweetchat
  12. 12. Curating an event
  13. 13. Using Storify as a Teacher Create a digital hand-out of readings or videos with questions to respond to Curate a collection of videos you want to play during a class Raise a question on Twitter and curate the responses as a story Hold a Q&A tweetchat and curate the dialogue Develop a class plan
  14. 14. Co-plan new teaching approaches
  15. 15. More examples of using Storify • Jesse’s Storify Projects: The Anatomy of Digital Humanities (#dighum) and Digital Pedagogy (#digped): Sifting through and storifying this conversation on Twitter quickly became an exercise in dissecting the many layers of Digital Humanities and Digital Pedagogy. It also made me realize just how elaborate (but still focused) the threads of a Twitter discussion can be. • The Pedagogy of Public Work: Is FERPA just a red herring?: The question posed: What is the pedagogical benefit of having students doing public work? Is FERPA just a red herring? A #digped discussion that started on a Monday morning and devolved into a fierce debate during the wee hours of a Monday night. • What Does Twitter Do for the Digital Humanities?: The conversation began late on a Friday night with a question: Where is the online conversation about digital humanities happening? Facebook or Twitter? Why? • Pete’s Storify Projects: #Occupclass Discusses Mike Daisey, Journalism, and the Truth: After listening to This American Life’s “Mike Daisey and the Apple Factory” and the follow up “Retraction,” my #Occupyclass (Electronic Writing and Publishing) had a spirited class discussion to blow off some steam and reflect on our own quasi-journalistic practices. This thread resulted from the backchannel. • Practical Grammar “Live Language” Exercise: I asked pairs of students in my ENGL 3105 (Practical Grammar) course to tweet sentences from news media that included a verbal (infinitive, gerund, or participial phrase), then to identify the verbals in others’ sentences. We discussed the analysis on a presentation board using Twitter. • Twitter for Academics: Advice from the Users: In my first of three workshops on Twitter for Scholars this semester, I threw a question out on Twitter an hour before the session: What advice do you have for new Twitter users in the academy? The response was fantastic. http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/how-to-storify-why-to-storify/
  16. 16. Creating a Storify The first thing you will see is this "Create a Story" screen. The left-hand side is where you build the story and the right-hand side of the screen contains a list of social media elements.
  17. 17. How does Storify work? Users search through multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into stories. Each keeps the original links and functionality.
  18. 18. Storify storyboard Drag elements across to the left. Click between elements to add a text box and build your own narrative.
  19. 19. Channels to search You can search for content from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Gifs, Flickr, Getty images and there's also an option to paste in specific URLs. The sign at the right reveals more options in a drop down menu
  20. 20. Reorder Storify elements
  21. 21. Sharing Storify Once users have selected their chosen photos, video, tweets etc., added the optional narrative, they can publish and share their digital narratives via social networks or by email using the URL.
  22. 22. Storify templates There are three ways to display your story
  23. 23. Find and follow friends https://storify.com/friends
  24. 24. Authorising If this is your first time using the Storify story editor, you might notice that a connection to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is required to search those areas and add their information to your Storify stories. This because Storify searches these services via their "Search APIs." and any requests for their information (such as a search) must come from an "authorised" account.
  25. 25. Storify bookmarklet This can be found at https://storify.com/tools The Chrome extension adds an even richer experience. You can add the Storify extension to gather not only tweets, but most Web content right at the source.
  26. 26. Storify bookmarklet
  27. 27. Storify bookmarklet You can then click the bookmarklet from any Web page to get a link to the page. You can also select any text on the page and that will appear as a nicely formatted quote to be part of the story. Once installed, you'll see Storify icons on the bottom of things like tweets or Facebook posts when browsing those sites. Simply click these to send them straight to your Storify account
  28. 28. Storify bookmarklet
  29. 29. Storify a page
  30. 30. Storify a selection Right click and select 'Storify this selection'
  31. 31. Storify bookmarklet You can only bookmark public information
  32. 32. Saved Storify elements
  33. 33. Search published stories
  34. 34. Save Tweets within Twitter
  35. 35. Summary Search Select a network and search for social media content. Add content Drag the best elements into your story and add your own narrative. Share Via your chosen social networks or by sharing the URL
  36. 36. Useful Storify links https://storify.com/storify/using-the-storify- chrome-extension https://storify.com/tools
  37. 37. Wordpress.org plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/storify/faq/ After installing our new Storify WordPress plugin, you will be able to select Storify from the left side of the WordPress dashboard or from the “New” menu at the top. Then create a story. When you click “Publish,” your stories will automatically post to your WordPress blog and your Storify account!
  38. 38. Embedding a Storify
  39. 39. Storify Activity In small groups plan an activity that could be used with students to create a digital narrative Plans can be captured on a Google Doc, SoundCloud or as a YouTube clip Share a link to your planned activity via Twitter adding the hashtag #melsigstorify Ideas will then be shared with the group Post event the tweeted plans will be curated as a Storify and shared via Twitter using the event hashtag #melsigntu

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