If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
In my many years of teaching, I’ve learned that kids want to engage the world and make an impact. That’s especially true of the world we live in right now, which can be a confusing and complicated place. I’ve also found that teachers and students just want to have fun, enjoy learning, and be part of something meaningful.
This book helps educators leverage students’ natural sense of curiosity to energize their classrooms through student-created digital storytelling projects that provide purpose for their curriculum. Building on what teachers already do best, I offer advice and classroom-tested activities for teachers to integrate project-based story challenges in every subject area and grade level.
We know that engaging work is always better than tests. Storytelling projects–like those I've used with my own students–help teachers connect their curriculum to their communities, and help students make connections across disciplines and to their own lives. At a time when artificial intelligence has everyone wondering about the future of school, digital storytelling projects like those in this book provide authentic learning experiences and uncheatable assessments that students look forward to completing.
Empowering our students to become resilient, curious, and literate citizens has always been what teaching is about. Storytelling With Purpose: Using Digital Projects To Ignite Student Curiosity is an evidence-based roadmap and how-to guide for learning coaches, leadership and classroom teachers who feel the need to change the narrative of school and put joy back into learning. Let’s get started.