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Picture my Story: Create engaging online stories for children to add visuals, pictures and videos as they learn...

Teacher, parents and children can collaborate and weave together engaging stories by capturing text, photos, audios and videos as they learn

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I am a.....

  • Parent/Caregiver
  • Product Owner for Tours and Activities Application

Tell us about your idea

Summary:

Children instinctively love stories as they are introduced to wonderful ideas, places, people and cultures they haven't before encountered. Enabling them with the right tool to create their own stories by adding photos, drawings and videos would be exciting and engaging activity for them while they are away from the school.  

Why?

Stories are one of the most effective ways of learning. Stories kindle the curiosity, imagination and creativity and help build a positive emotional and behavioral abilities in the children. Also, children unable to attend to the regular school due to any pandemic, political, personal or any other reason, will still be able to access knowledge from the power of story telling. 

Also, the power of technology and the Gen-Z who spend more time on digital devices and have the flair for absorbing the knowledge in any digital medial format. 

Sharing the idea of flip class:

https://www.slideshare.net/MohanGopal/replacing-teacher-with-computers


How?

The idea is to help children between 2 and 12 to create their own picture story book by adding photos, drawings, audio and videos to the story. Teachers, parents and children together can create stories of adventure, humor, suspense, action or stories that teach empathy, care and share and even stories around the academic curriculum to engage the children learn in fun way... 

What?

Design and develop a mobile app that will facilitate teachers, educators, parents and students and children to access and learn on their own in fun way. 

Parents and Teachers/Educators can create stories by adding simple text and placeholder for photos, drawings and videos for children to fill in.

Children and students can either with the help of parents, or by themselves fill in the photos, drawings or videos to complete the story. 


App Features:

1. Create Stories and share

2. Enable adding Photos, Images, Audios and Videos to the stories

3. Enable collaboration among children in adding contents to the story

4. Add Photo Editor tool to edit and beautify photos

5. Add Voice recording and playing tool

6. Gamify by giving points, badges and stars to the children for completing 

7. Enable Sharing, Ranking, Rating, Submitting Comments and giving feedback


Roles:

Teachers/Educator:

1. Register, create profile and manage contents.

2. Create a group/community and add children to it.

3. Post stories and share it with the group or community

4. Review the stories submitted by children and rate, rank, comment, like and share

Parents:

1. Register, create profile and manage contents.

2. Publish and share the stories for children to complete them with photos, videos, drawings

3. Get rated, ranked for the stories posted and receive comments and feedback

Children:

1. Access stories posted by teachers, educators, parents

2. Complete the story with photos, videos, images, drawings, voices

3. Submit the story

4. View stories submitted by other children, rate, rank, comment 

5. View comments, rates, ranking of their submitted stories


What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Q: What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? A: Stereotype learning and imparting knowledge. Most of the curriculum are centered around books that are pre-designed and pre-compiled for kids to absorb knowledge from. These curriculum are more of non interactive one way path for gaining knowledge. Why? With the changing times, changing information sharing models, changing social and cultural dynamics...adapting to new methods that embraces holistically the complete society including parents, teachers, care-givers, leaders and children to learn and share knowledge beyond the boundaries of man made borders.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Work

I work as Product Owner for Tours and Activities in a digital travel company creating online booking app on the web and mobile. 

Home:

I'm a father of two children age 12 and 16. During their growing up time...I have created many learning tools for them to understand the basics of science, math, social and cultural aspect of life. Teaching was fun. 

Inspirations:

Most of my inspirations are from the people and platforms in the education industry that bring about a great change in the education model eg. Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Ken Robinson, Ted Ed and many more such inspirational source keeps my dream on...

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Asia

Where are you located?

I'm from Chennai, India. Now living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia past 10 years. KL being the capital of Malaysia, is a busy city, hustling and bustling with people from all walks of life from all over the world. KL gives great opportunity to live in harmony among multi-cultured, multi-ethnic and multi-racial society also called the Garden City of Lights...

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Spam
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Team

Thank you for your incredibly thoughtful and detailed submission, Mohan Gopal ! I'm Rachel, one of the Community Coaches. We are grateful that you took the time to share on this platform! I'm excited by storytelling as a way to learn, connect and create change and really like that your idea provides the opportunity for teachers, parents and students to collaborate on the digital stories. Storytelling through communities/generations can be so powerful.

I wonder how you see Picture my Story fitting into the remote learning context. Are you envisioning that all learning take place through the app?

Really inspired that you've created learning resources for your own children and can sense how passionate you are about education - thank you for being part of this community!

Spam
Photo of Mohan Gopal
Team

Hi Rachel,
Thanks for the feedback. It's quite motivating.

As for the platform fitting in the remote learning, I believe sharing knowledge and teaching children through story telling has the best impact when the children themselves are part of the story playing various roles like someone who helps the world, someone who cares for nature, someone who empathize with others...helps build strong character and mold their social and emotional intelligence.

My idea is to create a mobile and web application that will enable teachers, educators, and parents to create their own story for children to take photographs and drawings to add it in the content.

As for the academic curriculum, teaching science and math through story for children would have a greater impact in learning. I'm imagining something like a simple story on addition or division could be a story about a chipmunk who collects 10 nuts very day has a friend with whom he shares half of it... children can be encouraged to take photos of the nuts, photo of chipmunk (even a toy, a real chipmunk in the garden, hand drawn...) would make learning so much more fun.

Regarding teaching my children, I have created my own comics and scribbles to teach them science and math concepts.
Sharing below a link to the comic I created...this is more of Photoshopped images of my son and his favorite scientist Dr. Michio Kaku.
https://issuu.com/mohan3/docs/darkmatter_simple_science

I'd love to be a part of this wonderful community doing wonderful job to create a better world to live in.

Best Regards!

Spam
Photo of Mohan Gopal
Team

Hi Rachel,
Missed out on your other question below:
"Are you envisioning that all learning take place through the app?"
Nope. We cannot replace the current education model completely as we are heavily dependent on the existing education framework that includes structured syllabus and evaluation method.
The App can be an add on for early learning for many underprivileged schooling system with content that can be created by the local community, teachers and parents to educate the children. It can be very localized, very cultural centric and current to the situation..
A lot depends on the story writer's creativity to drive imparting education with fun.

Thanks