Narrable: Using Storytelling to Engage Students

 

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What is it?

Narrable is a storytelling software  for educators in Kindergarten through 12th grade. It essentially is an online platform that allows students and educators to tie together photos, graphs, illustrations etc. with narration to teach something. It was founded by local Tulsan and entrepreneurial advocate, Dustin Curzon.

Storytelling, of course, predates writing and is a medium of which we humans have learned for as long as we’ve been around. There’s a quote by Jonathan Gottschall that goes, “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”

When did it launch?

The company launched in 2011 and has pivoted three times based on user feedback. When they first launched they thought people would use it to tell their families stories but as Dustin aptly stated, “We learned quickly the difference between want and need.” They then used the platform as a medium to help make sales for wedding photographers but soon began to be approached by educators and realized there was a real need there and have refocused the company on those needs.

Video:

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Key Features:

  • Open structure makes it adaptable for all grade levels K-12
  • Adds a reflective voice to an existing lesson plan using the built-in assignment creator
  • Web-based platform can be used on any device available in the classroom, Mac, PC or tablet

Company Challenges:

When asked about company challenges Dustin said, “Like every startup, Narrable is on a journey to find product-market fit. In the education world, this involves making sure teachers and students actually want to use the product as well as making sure that administrators see value in Narrable developing learning outcomes. Addressing each stakeholder within the school is complicated but vital to success.”

What Narrable Can Offer the Tulsa Startup Community:

Dustin would be up for meeting with other startups to share his story and lessons learned. He stated, “Anything from product development to fundraising, I’m happy to help.” If you’re interested in taking Dustin up on his offer please utilize the contact info below.

How can you contact them?

Dustin Curzon:
LinkedIN
@dcurzon

Michael Armour:
@MichaelNarrable
LinkedIN

Scott Taylor:
@staylorwr
LinkedIN

URL & Social Media

https://narrable.com/

@narrable

Facebook

 

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