Google Search Stories are some of the best examples of concise digital storytelling available. Please take two minutes and watch the latest Google Search Story published this month: “Cheryl and Morgan: Learning Independence.” This video will help you connect with many of the things which are MOST important in education and schools: Relationships between students, teachers and parents… the drive to differentiate learning experiences to meet individual student needs… and the vital importance of helping others see POSSIBILITIES when some only see limitations.
This story is more powerful for me personally since I happen to know one of the stars of the tale. Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50 on Twitter) is the teacher from Wells, Maine, featured in the video with her student, Morgan, as well as Morgan’s mom. In Cheryl’s post today, “You just never know…..” she shared what happened after she blogged about her experiences helping Morgan use Google’s voice search features:
A couple producers and film crew [from Google] came to our school, for a week. They saw, they participated, they filmed. They put together an amazing visual story, and now we in turn are amazed at our story.
It takes a village, and our ‘village’ is getting smaller all the time. It takes all of us to tell the story, and now that the story is out, we welcome the transparency, we welcome the questions and we will help with continuing the learning for all. We are very humbled by this opportunity and want to emphasize that you just never know.
Never underestimate your importance and power as teacher, educator, parent and leader. Your passion, your words, your kindness and your dedication to children make a HUGE difference. Cheryl and Morgan’s story is a powerful example, and it is masterfully told in this short video.
Pass it on.
Hat tip to Alice Barr for letting me know this Search Story is finally online / published. Woo hoo!
Did you know you can search Google with your voice from any microphone-equipped computer connected to the Internet? Now you do.
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On this day..
- Common Core Implementation Guidelines for Leaders: The Good & The Bad - 2012
- Engaging Students with Critical Thinking Strategies - 2012
- OKC WordPress Users' Group March 2011 Meeting Notes - 2011
- Favorite iPhone / iPod Touch News and RSS / update applications - 2010
- Podcast309: Google Apps - Implementation and Changing the Way We Do Business (from CoSN09) - 2009
- Solving a Macbook hard drive free space mystery - 2009
- Plan to attend PodStock May 1-2, 2009 in Wichita, Kansas! - 2009
- Helping students learn about personal finance - 2008
- Developmentally appropriate technology integration PD - 2008
- Distance Education and Porgramware: The Benefits of Universal Design for Learning Principles - 2007