Visual storytelling to get the conversations started
Stuck for a way to get students thinking and sharing their stories? Looking for a way to get students to start conversations about their lives and passions? Start a 7pm project!
This project works using student's smart phones. It starts by downloading the free App Steller
Then students set an alarm for 7pm every night for one week. The task is to take a photo of what they see. In class we bring together these images using Steller and publish them using the hashtag #7pm project. Not only can the students see their story come together as a digital storybook, but they can view their peers stories and start rich conversations about what they see.
A spin off from this and a more collaborative idea is to ask the students to take 1 single photo at a certain point in time and to send it to one person. Then that one person can collate the images into a storybook that visually represents a moment in time, shared by the group of people. See an example of this with adults to the bottom right. It worked nicely as a bonding exercise and formed a great memory for the staff involved.
I do advise you set some parameters together around what is suitable to capture and what your images can communicate when published in a public forum - in fact it's a great task for starting the conversations around what we post online!