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#OneStoryForward: Changing Communities One Story at a Time

Location: W190a

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 25, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: W190a

Nikole Blanchard   Kasia Derza   Dr. Joan McGettigan   Alyssa Tormala   Morgan Vondenstein  
Were you inspired by Jennie Magiera's keynote during ISTE 2017? So were we! #OneStoryForward uses Apple's Clips app and social media tools to help school communities share and celebrate each other through their untold stories. Come learn how to bring this program to your community.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to the Clips app on an iOS device (iPad or iPhone).
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

#OneStoryForward was developed by five Apple Distinguished Educators in the late summer of 2017. Each of these educators felt called to support and build community within their schools, and decided to harness Apple's Clips app to do so.

This session is intended to be highly interactive. We want our participants to not only hear our story, but also to make their own stories to be shared and feel inspired to take this program back into their own school communities.

At the end of this session, participants will:
--Learn the background story of the #OneStoryForward program
--Learn how the five founders of #OneStoryForward have worked to integrate this program into their school communities in various ways, and understand the lessons those educators have learned as a result.
--Understand the story spine of a #OneStoryForward video
--Begin creating their own #OneStoryForward video using Apple's Clips app
--If finished, publish their #OneStoryForward video on social media tools, such as Twitter and Instagram
--Work in small groups to develop ideas around how the #OneStoryForward program could be used in their own communities


(5 min): Introduction of the co-founders of #OneStoryForward and watch their mission video.
(10 min): Introduction to the #OneStoryForward story spine, graphics, and best practices.
(10 min): Examples of how the co-founders brought the program into their individual school communities over the 2017-18 school year, and the lessons learned from doing so.
(10 min): Introduction to the Clips app with brief review of key aspects of the tool.
(15 min): Playtime for participants to work on creating their own #OneStoryForward video using Clips and the #OneStoryForward story spine. Not everyone will finish, but that's OK. The idea is to learn how to begin and be inspired to carry forward. Co-founders will walk through the room checking in with participants and coaching on the use of the tool and story spine.
(5 min): Small group debriefing: How could this program be integrated into your communities? In a classroom? A club? A whole school? Use Padlet to share ideas online.
(5 min): Closure and encouragement to carry the program forward.

Supporting research

ISTE2017 Middle Keynote by Jennie Magiera. (Video Clip) and ISTE Blog Post

“The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate the Brain” by Leo Widwich. Lifehacker.

“It is in our nature to need stories” by Jag Bhalla. Scientific American (Guest Blog).

“The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn” by Jeremy Hsu. Scientific American.

“This is your brain on communication” by Uri Hasson. TEDTalk.

The Power of Community Storytelling by Stephen Bradley of Authorbee. Wired. (discusses the Authorbee platform and why community storytelling through technology is powerful.)

Other programs that are built on the power of stories:
“This I Believe”
“The Moth: True stories told live.”

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Nikole Blanchard, The Dunham School
Kasia Derza, Mariano Azuela Elementary School
Dr. Joan McGettigan, North Broward Prep

Dr. Joan McGettigan is the Director of Educational and Information Technology at North Broward Prep, an Apple Distinguished School, in Coconut Creek, Florida. She was recently named an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2017. Dr. McGettigan is passionate about STEAM, digital storytelling, coding and increasing the number of girls in STEAM. She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences including ISTE and FETC and a member of many ISTE plns. Dr. McGettigan is a firm believer in the power of collaboration across networks to grow as professionals.

Alyssa Tormala, Jesuit High School
Morgan Vondenstein, Ascension Episcopal School

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