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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic

27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 16, 2:11 AM

A bunch of down to earth advices to help you catch up and/or keep your creativity flowing. 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, March 16, 7:44 AM

Appropriate when considering my personal creativity focus. Excellent visual.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 6:05 PM

I love this infographic. What do you think about the ideas?

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Google Drive in Class: 38 Ideas by Sean Junkins

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August 11, 2014
This is the third post in a series of posts aimed at helping teachers and educators make the best out of Google Drive in classrooms. This series comes in a time when teachers are getting ready to start a new school year and hopefully will provide them with the necessary know-how to help them better integrate Google Drive in their teaching pedagogy. The two previous posts featured in this series were entitled consecutively "New Google Drive Cheat Sheet" and "Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing". Today's post covers some interesting ideas and tips on how to go about using Google Drive in your classroom. This work is created by Sean Junkins from SeansDesk.


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 11:17 PM

Are we using Drive in our classes? We shoudl be.

Judith Edwards's curator insight, August 16, 2:39 PM

Just found this great Scoop by our own Sean Junkins.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 19, 1:22 PM

With a bit of imagination, some of these can be altered to fit business needs as well!!

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30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter

30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
We've been compiling a list of top presentation resources that will help you become a master presenter. Check out the resources below nicely divided into categories of articles, infographics, Quora and videos. There's something for every presenter!

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lots of resources!

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, August 18, 2:19 AM

Back before the digital age it was Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters.  While those are both still very valuable resources, the digital environment adds a slightly different nuance to it.  That's why I think this compilation of resources is valuable.

Barbara Hartzler's curator insight, August 18, 3:23 PM

For future reference. :)

Benjamin Labarthe-Piol's curator insight, August 19, 12:22 AM

Good and exhaustive ressources, many things to look at.

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A Handy Classroom Poster on APA Style

A Handy Classroom Poster on APA Style | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
August 7, 2014
In yesterday's post I mentioned that Online Writing Lab (OWL) is one of my favourite go-to place when looking for help with referencing my papers. OWL provides guidelines on both APA...

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Great resource!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 11, 3:19 PM

Post in the media center and share with your ELA and SS staff!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 16, 4:52 PM

A wonderful one-page summary for class use.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 16, 5:03 PM

Thanks to super curator Joyce Valenza for bringing this to my attention.

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53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
In social media, we're all increasingly thinking about visual content. But there's one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?...

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Great list of  sites!

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NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, August 12, 5:56 PM

Sources for free images for online courses, blogs, etc.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 13, 9:02 AM
For more resources on Social Media & Content Curation visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl
Olga Senognoeva's curator insight, August 14, 7:08 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-seiter/53-free-image-sources_b_5331703.html

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Try Creating Comics to Get Students to Share Stories About Themselves - iPad Apps for School

Try Creating Comics to Get Students to Share Stories About Themselves  - iPad Apps for School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"I shared this idea on Free Technology for Teachers earlier today and I’m sharing it here to bring an iPad slant to it. At the beginning of the new school year it can take a while for new students to open up to each other and to you. One way to get them to share stories about themselves is to have them put it into a fun comic story. Through creating comic stories you can have students share favorite stories from their summer vacations. In the process students learn how to use a new tool, practice developing storylines, and they let you in on a little bit of who they are as people. Here are three iPad apps that I like to use to create comic stories."


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Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5 - Visme by Easy WebContent | Visme

Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5 - Visme by Easy WebContent | Visme | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Easily Create online Presentations, animations, animated HTML5 banners, infographics and other rich visual content free in your browser. Visme is the perfect

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Barbara Macfarlan's curator insight, August 4, 6:15 PM

This tool could even make me produce professional looking web artefacts.

Jose Pietri's curator insight, August 5, 5:11 AM

Consider using for the #LEC #Roadmap.

Training Aspirants's curator insight, August 7, 5:06 AM

Training Aspirants started with a motto to provide quality and effective online training for the students. We will provide both online Training as well as Corporate Training. We make sure for a right class size in order to make online sessions most interactive across the Worldwide with the best instructors.


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Mobile Apps Made Easy | Guidebook

Offer your attendees native mobile apps that will help them connect with your event, organization, or business. Now available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices.
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How to Tell a Great Story

How to Tell a Great Story | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
It’s a skill every leader needs to master.

 

"We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you improve your ability to tell stories that persuade?"


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 31, 2:57 PM

What a great article with real practical advice!  All the steps are here for any leader to follow to become a better storyteller.


And I really like the 2 case studies shared. Not only are they written as as stories (an uncommon experience), they are terrific examples of 2 ways stories have been used by leaders and the results that occurred. 


Many thanks to fellow curator @Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this piece.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, August 1, 11:31 AM

Harvard Business Review blog that brings together advice from both marketing and evolutionary biology to provide tips on how to tell a great story.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators.

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Shawn Galvin's curator insight, August 1, 9:35 AM

Learned a few things here.

Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, August 1, 10:40 AM

Tha nks!  Always  looking for this kind of advice!

Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, August 1, 3:08 PM

Nice general overview of functions within Google Docs that can be helpful for teachers.

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PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations

PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids including PowerPoint slides, Webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, Web browser content, Desktop recording .


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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 30, 12:23 PM

Let me see, I{m going to try it.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:28 AM

Recursos ...

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:34 AM

Resources!

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Design Beautiful Ebooks Using Powerpoint

Design Beautiful Ebooks Using Powerpoint | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
You don't have to have an art degree to make a beautiful Ebook! Here's how to do it in four, simple steps.

You spend a lot of time making sure the content that goes into your Ebooks is unique and of high quality, right? So why wouldn’t you do the same with your Ebook design?


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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 29, 10:33 PM

Using PowerPoint no less. 

Linda Jones's curator insight, August 1, 11:47 AM

Looks interesting. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, August 11, 11:30 AM

Great tips to help you create an eBook via PowerPoint.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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Terri Rice's curator insight, July 30, 11:39 AM

"Where students of all ages retain the kindergarten enthusiasm....[for] the joy of learning".... Now that is what I hope for in my students everyday. That joy and enthusiasm. Now we know this type of joyful, playful atmosphere enables better imprinting of information into accessible memories. Let's get back to kindergarten thinking!

LSE Learning Technology and Innovation's curator insight, August 1, 8:49 AM

Learning that is rewarding is also learning that's more effective. The challenge lies in producing engaging pedagogies which promote discovery and the joys of learning; something that can be quite challenging in an increasingly metrics driven sector

Imanol Oquiñena's curator insight, August 10, 4:22 AM

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning


If students are stressed out, the information cannot get in.


The factors that have been found to affect this comfort level such as self-confidence, trust and positive feelings for teachers, and supportive classroom and school communities are directly related to the state of mind compatible with the most successful learning, remembering, and higher-order thinking



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22 Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom

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22 Of The Newest--And Best--Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom

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Shadow Puppet Edu for creating presentations

Shadow Puppet Edu for creating presentations | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

The simplest way to capture and share student work. Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain concepts, or document learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!


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Looks like this app has lots of potential for the classroom.

 

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, August 14, 4:16 PM

A cool iPad app for creating presentations, slideshows, videos with a lot of features. You can get a FREE Teacher Resource Kit and premium support as you get started using Shadow Puppet in your classroom. Don't forget to explore the suggested activity ideas.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2:15 PM

This is another tool that can be used to help learners to demonstrate their learning through video and stories. 

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How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic

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With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 10:59 AM

This article includes a Vimeo based video tutorial.  Consider is a quick way to get up to speed on Google's new moves into education. 

Mark Fuson's curator insight, August 14, 5:00 PM

Google classroom seems to be coming strong! Sure would like access to this so I can begin testing it for teachers.

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 10:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 16, 6:19 PM

Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

Gameimax's comment, August 20, 3:49 AM
Car Garage Fun Game for Kids http://goo.gl/Hvzyk2
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Clarisketch - Voice annotation for images

Clarisketch - Voice annotation for images | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Through the narration and illustration of photos, Clarisketch saves time and improves the quality of messaging using a combination of photographs and annotated commentary. Clarisketch enables you to quickly comment and draw on diagrams, map routes, photos etc and share it with friends/colleagues via email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter or other social networks.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 7:03 AM

This looks like a handy tool for Android users.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 13, 7:43 PM

Giving voice to images. 

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Teacher's Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, August 5, 10:59 AM

This is a great resource to get teachers started using audio feedback in google apps.

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Learning in the Cloud

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Since successfully completing school is such a widespread concern, the project took on the task of studying whether such self-organised learning can enable groups of children to successfully answer government Board examinations and obtain their school certificates using such 'minimally invasive' methods.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 4, 8:39 PM

From a hole in the wall to SOLE

Steve Gensens's curator insight, August 5, 10:16 AM

Very interesting that these kids can teach themselves english and open knowledge doors to better themselves.  Amazing what information can do to increase opportunities for everyone that can access the internet.

Mauricio Fierro's curator insight, August 5, 1:29 PM

Learning in the Cloud

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. That’s great, because it offers a lot of advantages for your classroom regardless of your students’ age or what subject matter you’re presenting in your classroom. If you’re new to the concept, flipping your classroom can feel a little bit overwhelming: How much should I switch around? What is best for the classroom vs at home? Why am I doing this again anyway?

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Great plan. . . good way to use Character Minutes digital student guidebook.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 7, 7:26 PM

Simple infographic that gives clear and simple guidance to the process of 'flipping' a lesson.  Good to demonstrate 'simplicity' of process to sceptical colleagues.

Kristen McGowan's comment, August 9, 5:21 PM
This was an incredibly quick read being an infographic. While flipping the classroom sounds like a daunting process, this 6 step guide provides a clear sequence on how to initiate this change.
Kristen McGowan's comment, August 9, 5:21 PM
This was an incredibly quick read being an infographic. While flipping the classroom sounds like a daunting process, this 6 step guide provides a clear sequence on how to initiate this change.
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Movenote

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Movenote is available on any browser and can be accessed with your Google account. Create video presentations quickly with your webcam and share them worldwide.


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 1, 11:41 AM

A way to do video presentations for gmail. Looks fairly simple. 

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, August 4, 6:41 AM

Movenote - Record and send your elearning lesson through your Gmail inbox. 

Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, August 15, 8:57 AM

This is available anywhere and with many mail systems. This might make a great tool for variety of presentations.

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30hands: Create & Show What You Know

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Get 30hands: Create & Show What You Know on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, July 30, 3:38 AM

Uses:
1. In class stories or presentations
2. Synchronized slide + audio lectures for flipping the classroom
3. Audio-enhanced image portfolios
4. Stop-motion or slide-based teaching by students + teachers
5. Foreign language "spoken" flashcards
6. Photo-enhanced audio interviews
7. You decide!

5 Easy Steps:
1. Add images, take photos or draw slides
2. Arrange them into any order by dragging them
3. Record audio for each slide
4. Preview your creation
5. Publish it as a video to your Camera Roll or a 30hands web site for sharing

Patricia Flavin's curator insight, July 30, 10:32 AM

Thinking of this for primary-aged kids.

 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 31, 1:02 AM

Something our students could definately use.

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Make interactive presentations with polls in Swipe

Make interactive presentations with polls in Swipe | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Swipe is the easiest way to create beautiful presentations on the web. Use any device to present, and share to anyone on any device live. And it's completely free!

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 28, 7:19 AM

Swipe which is a tool for creating presentations, now has a polling feature that enables the audience to give real-time feedback during the presentation.

Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, June 30, 8:34 AM

Presentazioni interattive in aula. La tecnologia pervade anche l'attività in aula.

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iPads in the classroom: Moving beyond the Apps - The ICT Advisors

iPads in the classroom: Moving beyond the Apps - The ICT Advisors | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
iPads, iPods and other tablets are becoming more commonplace in the classroom, and schools are filling their devices with lots of Apps. Teachers could be missing valuable opportunities to truly embed the use of iPads in the classroom.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, July 27, 3:22 AM

Apps are a diversion.  The core benefit of Tablets is their capacity for creative use and flexibility.

Cynthia Day's curator insight, July 27, 11:19 AM

BYOD

Martin Debattista's curator insight, August 2, 11:32 AM

Tablets in general (and not just iPads) can do much more than just provide apps 'for everything'. Teachers could be missing the wood for the trees (and lots of them!)

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3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"When I decided to write an article on brand storytelling inspired by TED talks, I went about it all wrong.

 

Scouring YouTube for tactics, elements, and components of brand storytelling, I was aiming to find five or ten (or 17) actionable tips that you can use to tell you brand’s story.

 

I was already boring myself to death and I hadn’t even begun to write.

We have all heard (ad nauseam) about the “power of brand storytelling,” and I know that I have read more than one blog that spits off a numeric list of tips that I just “can’t live without” as a content marketer.

 

I began to get curious about what pulls me, personally, into a story. What is it that moves me so much that I become an advocate of the brand/person/cause that is being talked about in the story? What is that secret sauce in brand storytelling that activates the magic button inside each of us, firing up our passion?"


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Ken Schneider's curator insight, July 23, 11:49 AM

Very good POV on story and some interesting TED Talks - especially Nancy Duarte. Worth your time!

Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 23, 6:37 PM

Fellow curator Gregg Morris discovered this gem for his Story and Narrative curation and I thought you should know about it too.


3 TED talks are featured here and they are all worth watching. The first one from Andrew Stanton on the Clues To A Great Story I've curated before. It's a keeper. 


The second one from JJ Abrams is new for me -- and I love it. It's all about adding mystery into the storytelling toolbox. As the author of this post Julie Newmark says, "For example, creating puzzles to solve, challenges and even small adventures within your brand stories, you are involving customers and inspiring them to use their minds together as they seek to discover more. Engagement and connection to your brand is the point here and using mystery creates the potential for taking it all to a deeper level." Right on!!


And the third video from Nancy Duarte focuses on one of the most powerful dynamics for moving people to action -- before and after pictures.


Have fun with these and incorporate these lessons into your business storytelling.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, July 27, 12:02 PM

Stories need to be captivating from the beginning or you'll bore the pants of your audience, whether it's fiction or brand storytelling.