During the 2015 ISTE conference, I volunteered to help in the Digital Storytelling playground. Brad Wilson, co-founder of WriteAbout, and I shared the morning shift helping with the first sandbox/table. The playground consisted of seven sandbox/table areas highlighting a learning goal equipped with a list of storytelling apps to support. Attendees moved freely from sandbox to sandbox.
A playground’s casual conversation allows for the volunteers to show and share at each station a few of the apps and tools listed. The attendees are also able to share their experiences and expertise. Questions can easily be asked and answered in this format. Of course, just as the title suggests, play is not only encouraged, it is supported.
I appreciate the connections I made during my first time volunteering in a playground, and I love the learning that happens naturally when educators are given the space and place to converse and play.
For those of you #notatiste here is a list of the apps highlighted in the Digital Storytelling Playground: Apps/Tools List