Lift off. I have made a decision, finally. For my Course 5 Final Project I am going to be working on Travelling Tales. It is (I hope…) a simple concept based on a Story Mountain, from the author Pie Corbett. It goes a little like this…
- Someone tells the beginning of a story.
- The next person tells the build up.
- Another person tells the problem or dilemma.
- The fourth person tells the resolution.
- The last person tells the ending to the tale.
- Finally the story is told and published to the World.
It taps into the understanding that humans are social animals. Telling a tale is the most natural thing that humans can do. We are all natural storytellers. Instead of huddling around the campfire to tell our stories like generations before us, we will be doing it around the digital campfire. Welcome to Travelling Tales.
The aim of Travelling Tales is to connect schools/classes across the world together so that they can collaborate by creating a Tale, that is then shared with the world. Each school/class will be assigned a part of the tale to tell and have 48 hours to view and then create the next part of the tale. In 2 weeks there will be a finished tale, which will be shared on the Travelling Tales Website. Each Tale will be complete with images, drawn pictures, photographs, icons or words. It is your choice as you tell the tale. Because every picture tells a tale.
How did I get here?
Our year in K2 started with each of our students making a story of themselves and sharing with our class. We then connected with classes in Cambodia, UK, New Zealand and Canada and inquired into how our schools and countries were similar and different. After many questions and answers between the classes a child in my class made a fantastic connection. He said “Why don’t we share our story with other classes by making a video too ?”
The class got started straight away. Thinking about what we could show in the video to our friends across the globe.
Then we organised ourselves into 3 groups and prepared the iPads for the next day. We would work in small groups (6 children and one adult) with our plan to take photos and record a description of the locations simultaneously. Just 45 minutes later the groups returned to the classroom to re-order the photos and voice-overs and here is the finished product. Welcome to International School of Luxembourg.
It is amazing for a class of 5-6 year olds to have an idea, create a plan, organise themselves into groups, take photos, record a description and publish it to the world. All within 4 weeks of working together.
It got my mind racing…Could schools work on a similar project, across the world? Could schools collaborate to create a tale? SPARK. I thought about the idea further. Spoke to colleagues. Could this work ? Let’s go. Travelling Tales was launched.
— Travelling Tales (@travellingtale) September 24, 2016
All schools/classes are working on Literacy elements in the classroom. But how much of their work makes it out of their book? How much of it has an audience? The aim of Travelling Tales is to take the work that is already going on in classrooms and share it with others. So that students can learn from each other by telling a tale. We will be connecting and collaorating and creating a tale across the world.
What do you plan to do and why?
I plan to connect my class and other classes around the world to tell a tale. They will collaborate together to create a tale for a global audience.
I want to make more connections for my students and other students around the world. There is no need for work to sit in a book that just the teacher and student see. Let’s celebrate what we are learning in the classroom by creating something that others can learn from.
How do you think you might get there?
I will be starting small. First trialling it in my school by creating a travelling tale. Then with a few members of my PLN to create more travelling tales.
What are you hoping to see in your students learning as you conduct the project?
I am hoping that we will learn from other children. I am hoping that they are proud to share their thinking and learning. I am hoping that they enjoy seeing their work being published to an audience. I am hoping that they enjoy collaborating with others around the world.
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