Kinders Collaborate & Create Progressive Story Using Wiki & VoiceThread

I honestly can’t remember who turned me on to the idea of participating in a “Progressive Story” but I can be certain that it was someone via Twitter. (If your reading this… THANKS, it was tons of fun for my class.) In the past I have known colleagues who have participated in producing Progressive Stories. This was the first time I have had the opportunity to participate in one myself.

The project curators had created a really cool Glogster which contained all relavant project information as well as a link to sign up. You can check out the project Glogster on the Wiki homepage if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of Progressive Stories. Even though I’m typically swamped I was so impressed with the slick look of the site I threw caution to the wind and signed up my class. I really had no idea what to expect but my class and I were pretty excited!

The basic gist of the project is that your class joins a wiki and collaborates with 4 other classes to create a story. If you want to see our specific wiki page you can check it out on the Write Your Story Wiki, Fall Story #4 page.

I have a pretty good understanding of how wiki’s work so I volunteered to be the story “Teacher Leader”. My class kicked things off and wrote the first couple paragraphs. After we completed our section we alerted the next class and so on and so forth. This went on for a couple months as each class “grew” the story by adding another paragraph or two. When the last class had finished they were tasked with giving the story a title.

I thought it would be cool to create a VoiceThread using student illustrations to create a digital version of the story. This posed a bit more of a challenge as some participants had never done such a thing before. I donned my coaching cap and even pinch hit a bit but when all was said and done we finalized the illustrations and got the audio added! Check it out:

My kinders were very proud of their work. They were also excited to have worked with classes from all over the world on a project. They are excited to do similar projects in the future!

About Benjamin J Sheridan

Instructional designer at the University of Kentucky.
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10 Responses to Kinders Collaborate & Create Progressive Story Using Wiki & VoiceThread

  1. Hi Ben

    This sounds so great. I cannot really use it myself, as an IB Diploma Biology teacher, but have passd it on to our elementary school teachers, as a cool idea for their classes, and hope someone at my school takes it up.

    • Wayne,
      Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad to hear you passed it on to your ES teachers. I hope they can find something useful in it. Please let them know I’m always open to help in any way, even if it’s just answering a couple quick questions. Cheers.

  2. Maggie says:

    Thanks for sharing this great project! It’s great to see their work and watch the story develop and I love that it can be shared with other schools and children.

    • Maggie,
      Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. It’s always nice to know people enjoy what they see. Best of luck!

  3. This is the third time I have landed on your blog page as I click between Twitter and a variety of educators blogs. I am rather new to this new way of sharing ideas and reflections, through COETAIL and/or Twitter, but I must say, there are so many cool people with so many great ideas. It really is inspirational. So thanks for sharing.
    I love how you created a VoiceThread using student pictures for the progressive story using Glogster. I have heard about this idea of creating stories together before but using the students voices creates so much more ownership for the students. Well done and such a great thing to do with Kindergarteners. It is now another thing on my to do list.

    • Awesome! I too think there are so many cool people sharing so many inspirational ideas. This type of sharing has completely blown my teaching world upside down over the last year. VoiceThread is something the kids really like and lucky for me it’s really easy to use! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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