Evaluation matrix 2: StoryCorps.me

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.

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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


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