Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
Curated by Dean J. Fusto
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.

Via verstelle, Christelle Bozelle, Miloš Bajčetić, Lon Woodbury
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 21, 2016 3:29 PM

The summary of this article is that the best way to teach something is to tell a story about it.  This is because the brain is designed around stories. -Lon 

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 23, 2016 7:55 PM
Is storytelling the oldest instructional method?
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This Is Your Brain on Podcasts: Why Audio Storytelling Is So Addictive

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts: Why Audio Storytelling Is So Addictive | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
The emotional appeal of listening

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, April 17, 2015 4:50 PM

The revival of the podcast

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Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom

Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 2016 4:11 AM

Some nice tips and ideas.

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Use Stories in eLearning: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Storyteller

Use Stories in eLearning: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Storyteller | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

"Stories have captivated us as a species since the dawn of man. Through stories, we have passed on traditions, remembered the past, and carried information across the millennia. 

And it's not just our ancestors who harnessed the power of stories, either. Stories still work to reach people, which is why we see businesses turning to the power of storytelling in branding efforts, marketing campaigns, corporate strategies, and even eLearning courses and business presentations."


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 23, 2014 12:52 PM

Everybody likes a good story.

niftyjock's curator insight, August 24, 2014 6:16 PM

Once upon a time... Narratives are a great way to get information across. 

Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, August 25, 2014 8:00 PM

Do you work with older students? Then you will enjoy this article about storytelling in learning. Great for introducing studnets to the need to structure online presentations as well as traditional, writing tasks.


Reading a good online presentation (from TED maybe) and then asking students to map the presentation to the story outline in this article will reinforce this learning for them.


Let me know if you give this a go - I've done similar activities with videos and story structures in primary schools and the students loved investigating the hidden structure!