I’m going to read you a story, our story. As you listen, I hope you’ll share what comes to mind. The more people who do, the more we’ll all benefit.
To interact with this story…
(and ultimately make the most of it), you will have to click here to proceed to the source recording on Soundcloud. You’ll also have to log in to Soundcloud, which you can do at the click of a button through the Facebook login option (nothing gets added to your Facebook page, but your Facebook image does show on the track’s comments, which is a nice touch) or by signing up through a separate email address. In the end, you’ll be glad you did (see here for reasons why).
How this story works…
As you listen, you’ll see an orange shading follow along (on the soundcloud site itself) or a dark blue one on the embedded soundcloud wave below the wave indicating the point in the story we’re at. At certain points in the story, I’ll leave a silent space. When you hear (and see!) this space, click the blue/grey comment bar under the where orange shading is progressing and type in a word or phrase that suits that space for you. You’ll then see your comment left at that point. If you need extra time (you may – I only left 7 seconds of space each time), you can click the track’s pause button. It will be most meaningful if you wait until after the entire track has played before you focus on previous comments.
Once all is said and done…
You can listen to the story again using the embedded file here and read the comments left by anyone who participates. What you’ll get by seeing all the differences between comments is obviously an almost choose-your-own-adventure story, but also many other manifestos to reflect on, helping you build your own.
My Me Manifesto is what this story represents:
- collaboration between individuals for learning, be they fellow teachers or my students;
- reflection on past experience and the process of learning; and
- inspiration, which I hope participating in this interactive story with this interactive tool has sparked.