Wribly is an online application that allows students to collaborate with their classmates in the creation of a story. While schools would like to promote creativity among students, traditional teaching methods rarely spur creativity. Wribly will provide schools with the opportunity to engage them, in their free time, in a process that promotes critical reading, creative writing and peer collaboration in a fun way.
What is the need?
Secondary education is the crucial link between primary schooling, tertiary education, and the labor market. While a critical skill needed for most careers is the ability to think critically and creatively, schools struggle to engage their students in ways that promote these qualities.
With Wribly we will provide schools with a tool that allows their students to invest some of their spare time in an activity that is fun, promotes creativity and allows them to interact with their classmates in a worthwhile project.
How can a school use it?
Say a school has 3 classes per level, with 30 students per class. One Wribly project is assigned to each class of 30 (i.e. each class works on 1 story). After 3-4 months (the time that takes to create a 10-page story), each class submits their story to their English or Literature teachers. The teachers decide which story is the best, and the winning class (everyone in the class) gets a prize, such as extra points for an exam, or whatever the school deems appropriate. However, to maintain good sportsmanship, the classes that do not win, or that decide not to participate, are not punished.
In addition, Wribly will organize writing competitions between schools. Each participating school is allowed to submit 1 story. Everyone in the school can participate in the creation. Each of the schools then submit their stories, which are then judged by a panel of writers and publishers, which selects the winning school.
- Wribly does not interfere with the schools’ curriculum, since students are engaged in their free time only
- A Wribly project requires minimal engagement from teachers, since they only need to judge a few 10-page stories once per semester.
- A Wribly project carries no risks for the school or the student. Worst case scenario, the students don’t like it and decide not to participate. Nothing is lost.
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