Stories that Move
This user guide contains information and tips for getting the most from Stories that Move, both before you start and once you are using it. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or issues that arise when using the tool – your feedback helps us continue to develop and improve it.
You can sign up for a free account by starting the toolbox. From there, select ‘educators’ and fill in the information requested.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide:
You’re welcome to use the teaching materials without setting up an account, but you will miss out on some of the benefits of the full toolbox. For example, you won’t have access to the five learning paths.
However, if you want to, you can:
It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to set up an account and create a class. You will then get a unique PIN to share with your students.
We advise you to ask students to set up their accounts ahead of time, to make sure you can start the class easily. You can do this during class, when you first introduce the upcoming lesson, or as homework.
Students need to set up an account to be able to work with the online learning paths. Using the unique PIN provided by their teacher, students will get access to a closed learning environment where answers to questions are shared, and students are encouraged to work together in small groups.
Logging in is easy and quick. The only information students have to provide is their name and email address.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide:
Consider a preparatory lesson in which you introduce the themes for discussion. You might also want to discuss with your group some rules for everyone to follow, so that everyone feels they can safely be honest about their opinions.
A learning path can be seen as a teaching module with lessons, called tracks. Each track has online and offline components, and individual and group activities. An educator can decide which learning paths and which tracks fit best to the needs of his or her learners and connect best to the curriculum.
Each learning path and each track can be used as a stand-alone lesson. However, there is a logical sequence in the tracks, each one leading on from the previous one, allowing for a secure learning curve. It is best not to tackle the complex questions in haste, but to strive for a slow and thoughtful learning process. We suggest you devise your own series of lessons, keeping in mind the pedagogical principles on which these learning paths were designed.
You are completely free to use the learning paths with topics that best suit you and your students.
Our advice is to choose one learning path based on its theme, read the educators’ guide to better understand the topics it covers, and then choose one of the lessons you feel is appropriate. This will help you experience how the tool works. There is no need to know the whole tool (five learning paths, 13 lessons) before you start.
Some schools choose to use different paths for different year groups, so students revisit the tool each year. This means they engage with the central themes on a recurring basis, but using different content and methods.
A learning path consists of one or more tracks. Each track takes one or two lessons to complete. This overview gives a clear indication of the time needed for each path and track.
You first need to log in as a teacher. You will see the ‘Create a new class’ button in the top right of the screen. Fill in the name of the class and select the assignments you want to cover. Save the class by pressing the bottom right button ‘Save’. You will now receive your personal PIN, which students need to access the tool and join the class.
For each class you can easily view the tool from the students’ perspective by clicking on ‘follow class like a student’.
Just click the navigation button at the top left of the screen (button with three horizontal lines). You can also see an overview of the progress per learning path and/or assignment there.
Yes, you can follow your learners’ progress and see all their answers on the Educators’ page, under ‘Students progress’. Learners are told that their answers will be shared – sometimes anonymously, sometimes with their names – with the rest of the class or group and with the educator.
It’s important to address answers that indicate the learner is not working seriously, as well as comments that might be hurtful to others. This should, however, be done in a respectful way. We want all students to feel heard. Consider what Lutz van Dijk has to say about this.
If you expect any problems concerning provocative or inappropriate language, consider letting students know that they will be expected to download a PDF of all their answers and send this to you when a lesson is completed.
Only you, the educator who created the class. In some instances the class will see each other’s answers, as an important part of the blended learning method.
To access all the functions, students will need an email address. But you can create email addresses for your students. Google’s email provider Gmail, for example, allows you to create +1, +2 and more email addresses.
You might also consider asking your students to set up accounts and spend a preparatory lesson discussing why they might need an email address and things to consider, such as an appropriate name. If you don’t want to ask your students to set up an email address, you can also work with the introductory lesson, for which no account is necessary.
In Q4 2021, students will be able to access the tool without an email adres.
After setting up a class, the most important next step is to choose which learning path and which track you want your students to use. When you click on the button to the left of the track name, it will be added to the class (and become visible to the students).
Detailed information on each learning path and track (lesson) can be found in the educators’ guides, of which there is one per learning path.
You can follow your students’ progress in the teacher’s environment. Our advice is not to do this during class unless you particularly need to.
Stories that Move is based around film clips with personal stories recounted by young people, and the online and interactive elements are core to it. This means you and your students will need internet access to use it. You might also want to use a projector to show the videos in the classroom.
Students can work in pairs or very small groups, sharing one computer. The online tool has not yet been developed to be used on mobile devices. It can be done, but some functions (for example, drag and drop answers) will only work on laptops and tablets.
The most common problem with setting up an account is incomplete email addresses, and the delay in getting the confirmation email. Please check you have spelled your email address correctly.
Check that all your students have used an existing email address, that they have filled it in correctly, and that they have taken all the steps required to use the tool (including clicking on the confirmation email). Check that they have used the PIN you gave them. A common mistake is using the capital letter O instead of a zero (0). The PIN consists of a combination of numbers and letters.
Check your spam folder for the confirmation email. Depending on your provider, it might take a while (up to several hours, sometimes) to arrive. In rare cases, an email confirmation may not be delivered due to some unexpected error while our servers communicate with the servers of your email provider. You can try again using a new email address, or email email@example.com for help.
If you forget your password, click on ‘Lost your password?’ on the login screen. Your account password will be reset, and you can choose a new one.
We are continuously working hard to fix technical problems, and we appreciate your help. If problems arise, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s helpful if you include a screenshot showing the technical problem you’re experiencing.
Nothing! Using the Stories that Move tool is completely free for everybody. The projected is funded by grants from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and the German foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future – EVZ.
We are looking forward to further developing and improving our tool, and we are always interested in working with new partners. Please email email@example.com to discuss various options.
The full T&Cs for using Stories that Move are here.