World Storytelling Day – 20th March 2017

Thanks to ACTF for this blogpost

A global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, World Storytelling Day encourages people to share stories and inspiration, and to learn from each other. With this year’s theme of ‘Transformation’, the MY:24 App is an ideal digital tool for students to share their own stories with.

The MY:24 App encourages young people to reflect critically on their own experiences, and to share a transformative day of their lives as a visual text. It was inspired by the factual TV series MY:24 – a collection of stories from young people recounting the 24 hours which changed their lives forever.

The app allows students to create a mini-documentary through the use of basic templates and the in-built capabilities of an Apple iOS device. By following the prompts, users create a three-minute film that includes: a ‘diary cam’ introduction; an image montage with voiceover; a video re-enactment with filters; an interview with a family member or friend; and film credits.

The MY:24 App relates to a wide range of learning areas and in the Australian Curriculum, including English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Media Arts. It encourages self-reflection through the exploration of students’ own culture and identity, and creating and publishing a digital text develops their ICT capability.

Relevant content descriptions for English (Literacy strand) include:

  • Year 5 – Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements. (ACELY1700)
  • Year 6 – Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts. (ACELY1717)
  • Year 7 – Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts. (ACELY1728)
  • Year 8 – Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate. (ACELY1736)

For further ideas on using MY:24 in your classroom, download the freely available MY:24 Study Guide for English.

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