AASL Recommended Apps: Humanities & Arts: StoryCorps

storycorpsIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

StoryCorps is an app that allows users to record memories and stories of family members and friends, and archive them with thousands of others. It’s a good way for students to practice interviewing skills while getting to know older relatives, neighbors, or family friends. The app even comes with questions to ask, or users can come up with their own. Stories can be saved to the device, or uploaded to the StoryCorps website to be shared.

To get an idea of the powerful impact StoryCorps can have in the classroom, check out this article from the TED Blog. To get a more step-by-step approach to using the app for assignments, check out this blog post written by a teacher. Finally, the StoryCorps site includes several resources for educators or those interested in using the app.

Cost: Free
Level: All
Platforms: iOS and Android