I knew I remembered Storify but couldn’t really remember much about it. I went to the site and it looked like you had to have an invite. I checked my old e-mails and found that I had already applied and received an invite so I decided to log in.
Storify in its most basic form is an information curator. As I thought about it, isn’t that exactly what teachers do each and every day? So let’s see if Storify helps me curate information or simply offers another way to curate that doesn’t really save me time.
I decided the best test is to actually use Storify to tell a story about Storify! It took me no time at all to put it together. The “Storified” story is interactive–all the links are live so take a look and click away:
I can see tremendous potential for this service. It speeds up the curation process. It speeds up putting information into your blog. The interface is extremely simple to use. In addition to Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, etc. you can do a simple Google search as well. The Chrome extension is outstanding and the bookmarklet works well. I see this tool as much more useful than a URL shortened bundle as well.
Teachers in all subjects will be able to put together “stories” easily from web content and send it out to students. You don’t have to embed it, you can tweet it or share it on Facebook. Of course there is the “old-fashioned” way of just e-mailing the link as well. (Storify for Educators)
Storify needs an invite code so go to this page and apply.
Do you think Storify would be as useful to educators as I do?
- How Storify Helps Integrate Social Streams Into Articles (pbs.org)
- You’re seeing more and more Storify links around the web. The Washington Post has used it. So have many other journalists and curators. Why do we need Storify?… (scobleizer.com)
- There Are Stories Out There On Twitter, Flickr, YouTube – Build Them With Storify (techcrunch.com)
- Storify Wants to Pull Stories From the Stream (nytimes.com)
- Storify Filters the Internet Information Into Easy-To-Read Stories (nytimes.com)