Using Storify to share links and videos

In a graduate-level course, like many educators, I require students to make presentations to the class.

A while back, I forbade the use of PowerPoint — or any other slides — during the presentation. However, students must find, show and discuss some websites and videos as part of the presentation.

These sites and videos should be useful to others in the class (and to me), so in addition to showing them, the presenters must provide a usable list of all the URLs to their resources — after the presentation. In the past, I required the presenter to create a PPT and post it on SlideShare. The PPT would contan all the URLs. This was a bit counter-intuitive, as I wouldn’t allow a PPT to be used during the presentation itself.

This year I had the idea to require the presenter to create a Storify instead.

Here’s an example I made, as a model for the students to follow. I gave the first presentation in the course, and afterward, I created this Storify based on my own presentation. Like most of the presentations in this course, mine was based on two assigned articles from scholarly journals.

I also wrote a blog post explaining to my students a little more about the goals of this project.

Storify is great for curating status updates from social media, such as Twitter — but it also provides a really nice way to share websites and videos in a format that’s more appealing than a raw list of URLs. It’s fast and easy to learn, and it’s free. (Sign up for an account here: Storify.)

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