My StoryMap Project

My StoryMap Project

 

Latest News: The first project Output is now available: State of the art research report:
Addressing Early School Leaving: Storytelling with Maps

About the project: 
MSM-logo-300Stories have a real power if they are told well! Using digital storytelling with maps is an exciting means to communicate your experiences. The My StoryMap project uses story mapping to share aspects of their life story. ‘Story Maps’  opens the possibility for people to tell and share their story. They combine interactive maps and multimedia content as a mirror for the users’ personal experiences. The map is used as a means of organizing and presenting information, it allows the visualisation of remote or complex issues.

The role of storytelling with maps in education has not yet been fully implemented yet and there has been limited research about its potential impact. But storytelling with maps enables high levels of active engagement as it allows people to personalise their contribution. It gives possibilities for creative collaboration and it has the potential for changing perceptions and for increasing opportunities for learning and deepening a specific topic.

According recent statistics published 12% of all pupils in the EU28 prematurely dropped out of school each year. Early school leavers are in every way disadvantaged (see the Strategic Framework report) in terms of their future career, their future financial situation, and their prospects. In 2010 the EU set up a plan for preventing early school leaving and to reduce early school leaving to a maximum of 10% until 2020 in the EU by different means:

  • prevention (better access to inclusive and basic quality education)
  • intervention (tutoring, support, mentoring, cooperation with parents)
  • compensation (the chance to identify new paths of education or training).

storymaps-300The “My Story Map” Project has the double aim of

  • motivating early school leavers to re-enter lifelong learning
  • preventing young people at risk to prematurely drop out of school or vocational education

The first project Output is now available: State of the art research report:
Addressing Early School Leaving: Storytelling with Maps

Coming soon: training materials for students and teachers.

For any further information, questions or project ideas, please visit: http://www/mystorymap.eu