Storify is an online tool that allows the user to collect various types of texts to create a story. This story could be about a famous historical figure, a current event, an idea for a project, the plot of a story, or something else entirely. There are lots of possibilities!
Ease of Use
One great aspect of Storify is that it’s super easy to use. Once you’ve signed up and decided what to call your story, you simply use the search tools on the right side to find the text you want to use. Options include tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, Youtube videos, Instragram images, other Storify stories, and more. Once you search for what you’re looking for, Storify pulls up matching information and you drag the post/video/tweet/whatever into your story. Rearranging is also as easy as drag-and-drop. You can click between pieces to add text in order to give information about the media you’re using or give some commentary.
When you’re finished with your story, you have lots of options for sharing it, including embedding it in a website like I did below.
Ideas for Use
In English Language Arts, students could create a Storify story following the timeline of a character from the story. They could add posts, images, media, etc. that the character could have posted or would have been interested in.
In Science, students could follow the lifecycle of an animal, including information about what the animal eats, interesting stories from the science world about the animal, what kind of environment it lives in, video of the animal in action, etc.
In Math, students could tell the story of how a theory was developed or how to work a particular type of problem. Story pieces could be video of themselves working a problem, posts about how the formula used was developed, application of the theory or formula in real life, etc.
In History, students could trace the life of a famous historical person, integrating tweets from historians, documentary footage, timelines of the person’s life, etc.
In Art, Music, or Film, students could tell the story of a particular artistic movement, including images of paintings (for example) from the beginning, middle, and end to show how it evolved over time. They could also include video of someone painting in that style, or an analysis of the style.
In Languages, students could create a story of their learning or the evolution of a language, including video of themselves speaking in their new language, text about the development of the language, images of the alphabet, etc.
Below is an example of a short story I created (click here if you can’t see it):