One Place, Many Stories is a website that lets teachers set up projects for the class to work on online, usually about the history of Victoria. The teacher will set up a project, create groups for you to work in and give you some links to other websites to help you research information and pictures. Then you can research and write a story connected to a place on the map and to the project your teacher has set up.
Before you log in, you will need to know:
- The name of the project you are working on;
- The name of your group; and
- Your group’s PIN number.
Once you know these three things, go to the top of the page under the ‘Start here’ black board.
- In the first drop down box entitled ‘Select your school’, scroll down and click on your school.
- In the second drop down box entitled ‘Select your project’, scroll down and click on your project.
- Click on the green ‘Student login’ button that appears.
- In the pop up box that appears, select your group from the drop down menu and type in your PIN number. Click login.
Now you’re ready to create a story or work on a story you have already started! If you have already saved a story, you can choose it from the third drop down box entitled ‘Select your story’.
Set up a new story
To create a story you need to drag and drop a flag on to the map at the bottom of the screen.
Find the place on your map where you want your story to be located. To find the place you want on the map you can:
- Click and hold the mouse button down over the map, you can move the map around to find the right place for your flag;
- Use the + and –buttons on the map to zoom in and out; and
- check your location by getting a street view on the map by clicking and dragging the the little yellow man on to the map.
- Now drag and drop a flag to create your story, just like in the picture below
- You can easily move your flag if you put it in the wrong place by clicking on it and dragging it to a new spot on the map.
Create a story
Once you have set up your new story by dragging and dropping a flag on to the map, a box with headings will appear for you to fill in to create your story. It will look like this.
- The first things you will add to your story are the ‘Title’ and the ‘Author’. Make sure your title is short and describes your story well. For example, The History of Flemington Primary or The Life of William Barak.
- The ‘Author’ is you and the other members for your group. To be cyber safe, just write your first names in the ‘Author’ box.
- Make sure you click on the ‘Save this story’ button.
- Your ‘Group’ name will appear in the story automatically so you don’t have to worry about that.
- ‘Useful links’ are links to web pages that give you important information for creating your story. It’s important to say where your information comes from and for you to remember good websites to go back to. When you click on ‘Add link’ a pop up box like the one below will appear. Write a brief title for the webpage where you found your information and then copy and paste the URL (web address) into the ‘Url’ box.
Make sure you click on ‘Save this story’ regularly so you don’t lose any changes you make to your work. If you don’t like the latest changes to your story, you can click on ‘Cancel changes’. This takes you back to the last time you saved your story. Check with your teacher before you click on ‘Delete this story’.
Find pictures for your story
One Place, Many Stories links to pictures on the Internet, rather than making copies of them. When you add a picture to a story, you paste in the URL (web address) of the picture, and the site creates the link for you. These are some suggestions of places to look for historical images:
- Picture Australia: http://www.pictureaustralia.org
- State Library of Victoria: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/
- The National Library of Australia: http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture?q=
If you want to use your own pictures, talk to your teacher about how you can do that.
Add a picture to your story
Once you have found an online picture that you want to put in to your story, you can:
- Copy the URL (the web address) for the image you want to link to your story.
- Click on the blue ‘Select image’ button in your story to add a picture.
- Paste the URL (or the web address of the picture) into the pop up box appears.
- Add an image title. Make sure you keep the title short.
- Click on the ‘Save this story’ button to save the changes.
- If you want to change the image, use the ‘Remove image’ button and repeat these steps
Research your story
There is lots of great information on the Internet but some websites are better than others for finding accurate information. When you are looking for historical information about Victoria on websites:
- Try to use ones written by a person or organisation that seems reliable, e.g. libraries and museums;
- Be careful about using Wikipedia and blogs because you don’t always know who has written them. If your teacher allows you to use them, always check the information you find with another source (e.g. another website or book);
- Make sure you can understand the information on the site. If it’s too complicated and there are a lot of words you don’t understand, then look for another website.
Some great resources for researching Victorian History are:
- The State Library of Victoria’ Ergo history resources page: http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/
- Culture Victoria’s education resources page: http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/education/
Remember to make notes for your story from a few different websites. It’s not a good idea to copy and paste information straight from a website. This is called plagiarism and it’s taking another person’s work without permission. You also don’t learn anything unless you read and take notes and then write the information you have found into your own words.