Tuesday, February 23, 2016

StoryWeaver Workshop in Namma Luru

30 bright minds. Educators. Librarians. Resource people working with several schools. Government representatives. Program Managers handling hundreds of students. Teacher Trainers.

From Bangalore, from Mysore, Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry, from Coorg!
From Pratham Mysore and Tamil Nadu, from Agastya International Foundation, Communities-Rising, Helping Hand Welfare Society, from Akshara Foundation, Arivu Vidhya Samsthe and many others.

All of them together at one place, huddled in a room, listening intently, taking notes, sharing experiences, learning from others - Scenes from the StoryWeaver workshop held in Bangalore a few days ago.

After the success of our workshop in Mumbai, we were committed to doing many more across the country. Just before the exam fever grips the entire country, we decided to do one in Pratham Books' hometown - Bangalore. The date was fixed, invitations were sent out, people signed up and the day arrived soon enough.

On the third floor of our wonderful host- Ekstep's lovely office space in Koramangala, we all gathered. Multiple languages could be heard in the room - English, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi.. People introduced themselves in a language comfortable to them- Having a multilingual team meant that translations were promptly offered and everyone understood everyone. Also this workshop was a bilingual one- in English and Kannada which ensured everyone was at ease communicating.

As we delved into the session, many interesting discussions surfaced. The compelling power of stories to draw children's attention was established. Many educators in the room used Stories to open up imagination of children by leaving the story open-ended. Many use stories as a lead in to art in the classroom. Stories are also great ways to give a voice to children - when they make their own stories, they speak their heart. Also, how bilingual stories are such a great way to teach children a second language.

After a scrumptious lunch, the participants settled in to try their hands on StoryWeaver. Each one had a different to-do list. Read, Discover, Create. Translate, Re-level - each one got busy with their stories. Several questions emerged. All were answered- through a theory or by an on-spot demo of a particular tool. Several great suggestions also came in from the participants which we added in the queue for StoryWeaver 2.0 version.

Khusboo from Mantra4Change along with her work-partner Pushpa from TFI wrote a story of an adorable crocodile - Crocky and friends during the workshop time. David, from the Helping Hand Welfare Society told the endearing story of a vegetable curry being made. Many participants spoke about how they would use StoryWeaver back in their learning environments and appreciated opportunities that StoryWeaver offered them now. We closed with a vote of thanks, with a special mention to our hosts for the day - EkStep who provided us with the best wi-fi speed and the best filter kaapi possible in Bangalore!

Watch this space for our upcoming workshops.

Getting started!
The participants in actio
Shruthi talks about the translation process on StoryWeaver
StoryWeavers :)

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