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Discovering the art of storytelling by showcasing methods, tips, & tools that help you find and tell your story, your way. Find me on Twitter @gimligoosetales
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Digital Storytelling | iHistory with Mr. JZ

Digital Storytelling | iHistory with Mr. JZ | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Here is an example of what you can do with Puppet Pals in a history classroom. This is a digital story I made to show the students what can be done with the app."


Read the full article to access brief tutorials and examples of digital stories made with the apps:

  • Puppet Pals
  • Tellagami
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What a great way to jazz up a history class!  I'll be the students find this a lot more interesting than simply reading from a text.  Educators should also take a look at his suggested apps & reviews (including one on Puppet Pals).


Don't dismiss this article or stop reading because you think these apps are only for educators or children.  I can see many types of stories being told using them.  For example, how fun would it be to upload images of family events or your ancestors and then add yourself as the main character who walks and narrates you through their story.

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Top 5 Storytelling Tools | Submarine Channel

Top 5 Storytelling Tools | Submarine Channel | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Storytelling with multiple media, often a combination of written text, photography and videos (but has can encompass all kinds of media – from illustrated graphic novels, to interactive visualized data) make for a much more captivating and engaging narrative. As more and more people head out to craft their own multimedia stories, so we’ve seen more app and web developers rise to the challenge of making this easier and quicker to achieve.


Some of the new storytelling tools have taken the form of desktop and HTML 5 web-based tools, while others the form of specially-developed applications for iOS and Android devices. Some of them are aimed at casual storytellers, others for those who have devoted their lives to it. One thing most of them have in common, is a thorough embrace of the multimedia or interactive approach."


Read the full article to find out more, see examples and access links to these 5 online storytelling tools:

  1. Storehouse
  2. Racontr
  3. Interlude Treehouse
  4. Exposure
  5. Explory
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It was ninety-nine cents! | Full & Frank

It was ninety-nine cents! | Full & Frank | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Telling your personal or organisation's story does not have to be expensive or time consuming.


In March 2012, Cesar Kuriyama gave a TED Talk entitled ‘One Second Every Day’ where he detailed how he had committed to using the HD camera on his mobile phone to record one second from each day of his life from the time he turned thirty until…. well until he was too ill or dead to do it anymore. He compiled his first year of one-second snippets into a 6-minute video. It tells a great story of his year, featuring highlights, & acting as a trigger to remember things about each day.


Having found it to be incredibly fulfilling, he was keen for as many people as possible to join him on this new creative endeavour – so naturally, there is now an App, hence the $0.99. It takes less than a minute a day to take your video on your phone & then select the one-second slice you want to use."


Read the full article to view Cesar's TED talk, access the demo and link to the 1 Second Everyday app, and find a challenge you could issue to your staff.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Cesar has inspired many people to try out this storytelling technique.  Search for 1 Second Everyday on YouTube and you'll come up with examples such as Kent Frost's.

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This would be an incredible way to do an annual report.  Get multiple staff to take up the challenge and showcase different aspects of your business story from multiple viewpoints.

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#ContentTools: Effortless Storytelling from Disney's New Story App | Ann Handley

#ContentTools: Effortless Storytelling from Disney's New Story App | Ann Handley | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Disney has created a branded tool called Story that allows any of us (well, anyone with an iPhone) to effortlessly tell and share annotated narratives. Think of it like creating a mini scrapbook with a pulse.

 

What it does: Story allows you to organize new or existing photos and videos from your iPhone into sharable digital flip books. You can also add captions, text, and play with various themes and layouts. (But no filters. Guessing that’ll come later.) The album is private until you share it (via Facebook or email for now — I’m guessing more sharing platforms will come later as well). Your Story is also saved in iCloud — allowing you to sync it to other Apple devices.

 

Read the full article to see Ann's example.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This is definitely a tool I have to try out.  For more information on the app, view this article:  http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2013/05/08/disney-interactive-launches-storytelling-app-story-for-ios/

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20+ Digital Storytelling Apps | Teacher Reboot Camp

20+ Digital Storytelling Apps | Teacher Reboot Camp | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Educators now have 100s of fantastic free online tools to help their students create and learn through digital storytelling. Many of these online tools have free apps available on i-devices and Android devices.

 

Read the full article for a list of some great free apps to help you begin creating digital stories with your learners. For plot ideas and how to organize a digital storytelling project, check out the embedded slide presentation.

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The New Adobe Voice: Digital Storytelling With Style! | Jonathan Wylie

The New Adobe Voice: Digital Storytelling With Style! | Jonathan Wylie | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Adobe launched a new free iPad app today called Adobe Voice, and it has great potential for the classroom due to the way that it lets you effortlessly create digital stories, explanations, or stylish presentations by adding your voice to a variety of images."


Read the full article to find an overview of how the app works, an example of a Hero's Quest template, and a video of a teacher using it with his class.


For more information, watch this short Adobe video promo showing how quickly a story can be pulled together.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This looks like a very promising app.  It includes many images and icons, templates with story prompts, library of music, and ability to record your voice over an image.  The outcome is a continuous video which can be shared.


May 12 update:  I came across this review and thought it was worth including here as it gives screenshots of the whole process and some examples the author created.

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Storehouse and the Rise of Storytelling Apps | Gear Patrol

Storehouse and the Rise of Storytelling Apps | Gear Patrol | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"ASF: “Alternative Storytelling Forms”. It made Journalism professors drool, and it made us students roll our eyes: scholar-speak for captioned photo essays, or a unique graphic, or, for the ballsiest of muckrakers, a social media shoutout (crowd-sourced tweets!). Just a few years out of living exclusively within NPR and multiple-choice questions in journalism classrooms across the country, heightened storytelling online has matured from awkward Frankenstein experiment to something streamlined, accessible, awing and entirely expected of major publications.


Storehouse brings illustrative storytelling to the everyman (and everywoman) through an iPad app with a very basic formula: add photos from dropbox, your photo library, Flickr or Instagram, then swipe, pinch, and pull to structure them in a wide variety of formats, with or without text, which can likewise be added and edited. The app is free; the stories you create are entirely public and all readable through the app."


Read the full article to find out more about the app, links to major publications using ASF, and a list of three more storytelling apps.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I am so excited for the future.  Storehouse and other apps like it are bringing online storytelling to a new plane of existence.

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About | StoryPress

About | StoryPress | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Saving family stories in real time by recording history.  StoryPress recognizes that spoken stories capture something special – an authenticity that transcends generations and deserves to be archived in a personalized way.


You can fill your StoryPress Library with storybooks that inspire you in different ways: a collection of family stories, or even an audio diary. Make StoryPress interactive: create guided interviews directed by you, with the spoken anecdotes contributed by a mentor, a friend, or a family member, near or far."


Access the website to find out how to get started, tutorials, and download the app.

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This looks like a nice app.  I like that it provides prompt questions to help you through the process.

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Meograph – 4 Dimensional Story Telling Web 2.0 Style | Mr G Online

Meograph – 4 Dimensional Story Telling Web 2.0 Style | Mr G Online | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"What I love about Web 2.0 apps is the simplicity. Bloated desktop apps like Office and Photoshop, with their hundreds of menu items and toolbars, are powerful tools but become difficult for non techies to handle. Web 2.o tools, on the other hand, are focused on specific purposes, allowing them to be streamlined and simple enough for anyone to use.

 

Meograph is a 4 dimensional storytelling app. It allows you to tell stories through (1) images/videos, (2) narration, (3) maps and a (4) timeline. What I love about Meograph is that the whole process only involves 8 simple steps. Read the full article to discover these simple instructions, a video that provides a demo of the tool, and suggestions for tool improvement."

 

- Add a moment

- The data field box

- Link

- Text

- Map editing

- Media

- Narration

- Map view option

- Save

- Play controls & timelines

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Pixntell Allows You To Tell An Audio And Visual Story [iOS, Free For A Limited Time] | Make Use Of

Pixntell Allows You To Tell An Audio And Visual Story [iOS, Free For A Limited Time] | Make Use Of | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Pixntell allows you to take your favorite photos and create a slideshow that you can share with your friends. You can add text and record sound with each photo and can turn the final slideshow into a video you can share on Facebook and YouTube.

 

The app is limited to five photos in each slideshow, but you can upgrade to more through a $0.99 in-app purchase.  This .99 iOS app is free for a limited time.

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