Submitted by Fiona Beal
#edchatsa is the hashtag for our weekly twitter chat for South African teachers on topics of educational interest. These chats take place on a Monday evening from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. This blogpost aims to show you how I went about summarising a chat using Storify.com
Today curating is the buzz word with many amazing sites available to do just that. Storify is a form of curating – one can gather tweets, comments, videos, images and other media from all around the Web and put them into one post. Basically it is a way of creating stories using social media. I thought I would try out Storify today to see how it all works. I decided to use it to summarise our last #edchatsa talk on 25th June 2012 from 8:30 – 9:30pm, namely:
‘How can we ensure fair assessment in collaborative learning when not every child contributes equally?’
At first it took a while to get my head around Storify, and then suddenly I realised how very easy it actually is!
Step 1: Open Storify.com and join
Once you have joined you click on Create story. A lovely big screen for writing opens up.
Step 2: Find your media
On the right hand side of the big screen is another section that contains the place to find your media.
Since I was keen to summarise a Twitter chat I asked for the Twitter hashtag #edchatsa and then searched for the date and the time I wanted to refer to
Step 3: Plan the structure of your story
There are different blocks to use in Storify, so in my case I decided on:
- A heading
- Putting the story in context
- An opening summary
- How the discussion progressed with relevant headings
- Actual notable tweets that shed light on the discussion
- Some of the sites and links provided in the chat
- Possibly plan of action ideas
- Embed a final summary of tweets made in a different Storify document from earliest to latest as the last entry on the document
From here on it was a case of writing and then dragging across tweets from the #edchatsa hashtag I had opened in the right hand section of Storify.
Step 4: Create and publish your story
A lovely story emerged! Take a look…
If you would like to see the finished result please open this link.
If you would like to read all the tweets separately here is the link: