|Name of teaching resource|
|Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)|
|StoryCorps would be suitable for students in years five and six.|
|How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)|
|Students could use StoryCorps in pairs for peer-to-peer interviews, or individually to interview people beyond their school network.|
|Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?|
|The StoryCorps app would be most suitable for teaching English and history.|
|Identify the strengths of this teaching resource|
|StoryCorps has the potential to be a valuable digital education resource because users can independently search for, listen to, plan and record interviews with a single app.StoryCorps develops students’ literacy, interpersonal, planning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and digital technology skills, which form the general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2014).|
|Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource|
|The numerous StoryCorps.me beta version issues include the inability to re-record interviews, or to play, save, share and upload recordings from outside the app, and the absence of privacy settings for recordings. SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/) contains these features; however, its breadth of unrelated content makes it less appealing than StoryCorps for students to search for interviews. Students would, however, require a sound understanding of digital etiquette and support from the teacher as an eModerator prior to using StoryCorps (Howell, 2012, p. 5; Ribble, n.d., para. 6).
Also, many of the existing interviews have limited informative value. A higher calibre of recommended questions could improve this by offering users more interesting and less leading questions.
|Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource|
|Students could use StoryCorps to present information about historical events: participants could interview mock-protagonists from different eras.|
About StoryCorps.me. (2015). Retrieved from https://storycorps.me/about/
ACARA. (2014). F-10 Curriculum: General capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/overview/general-capabilities-in-the-australian-curriculum
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA]. (2014). Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Browse?a=E&a=M&a=S&a=H&a=G&a=ENB&a=CNC&a=da&a=dr&a=ma&a=mu&a=va&a=DI&a=DE&a=HPE&y=F&y=1&y=2 – page=2.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Ribble, M. (n.d.). Nine themes of digital citizenship. Retrieved from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html