Tell the story, simply!

All of us David Warlick fans have been innundated with David's “Tell the new story” challenge. Well, he's come out with a meaningful, and relevant post that I think every edublogger in our new movement needs to read, entitled “Types of New Stories,” David classifies stories into three categories:

  • Community Stories
  • Reformer Stories
  • Implementation Stories

I'm definitely an implementation story as I implement and try new Web 2.0 techniques as they fit with effective educational practices. What kind of storyteller are you?

Web 2.0 needs to be explained simply
As we contemplate on the stories we have to tell, I think that a great bit of Web 2.0 history is found on the Technosight blog where bloggers were challenged to begin telling the story to everyday folks in terms they can understand. (Hat tip to Marshall K.)

Acronyms are problems
Acronyms are sometimes the technological person's own worst enemy. Whereas for a techie, they make communication more efficient and specific, for the nontechie they create obstacles.

Why tell the story?

This isn't about becoming rich or famous or well known. This is about becoming efficient, effective, and relevant to modern day kids who can personalize their iPods and cellphones but have to wear matching shirts to school.

In order to use the power of Web 2.0 to educate our children we need to use the power of our minds and collective discussions to simplify Web 2.0 to be understandable and relevant to decisionmakers and “powers that be.”

Why do we need stories? Won't facts do?

I love metaphors because they make things understandable even to a child. Even better than metaphors are true stories that are going on in my classroom and the classroom of the many educators that inspire me and others to reach further, do more, and be more. Not to settle.

Stories are things that anyone can understand. That is why they must be told.

Will you be a storyteller too?

I'm going to tell my story and to work on following the KIST principle (Keep it Simple, Techie!)

What do you think?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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