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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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50 Web Ways to Tell a Story - Skidmore College | Alan Levine


A presentation from a workshop held at Skidmore College in March 2014.


Skidmore Storytelling

This workshop will cover a simple development process. Participants will create a digital story using images, audio, and/or video using free web tools and/or mobile apps. I use "story" in a general sense; it may be one of personal discovery or growth, a fictional narrative, a travel experience, a presentation, or something else you find worth telling. I discovered more than 50 such tools and recently have expanded the site to include mobile apps as creative platforms. As an example I created the same story in each tool. The result is that a good story and the creative process should and do transcend the tools.


The workshop process:

  • Warm Up Activity
  • The Way of the 50+ Ways (presentation above)
  • Table Group Activity: Story Brainstorm
  • Table Group Activity: Pick and Find the So What?
  • Table Group Activity: Find Media
  • Individual Activity: Build a Story in a Web Tool and/or a Mobile App
  • Summary and Review


To see the workshop in action see Alan's blog post.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Over the years I have referred many times to Alan's original site and am a huge fan.  He took a single story idea, retold it using free web tools, and posted the results.  I'm so glad to see he's updating it on a new site and adding mobile apps.  And also invites others to contribute.


I like the format he used at Skidmore (described above).  It looked like it was a lot of fun and pretty easy format to replicate at your own digital storytelling workshop.

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#Tip: Try storytelling tool Cowbird – which now has embed option | journalism.co.uk

#Tip: Try storytelling tool Cowbird – which now has embed option | journalism.co.uk | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Cowbird has released a new feature that allows you to embed a single story into a blog post or news story.

 

Cowbird is a storytelling tool which allows users to create multimedia stories with audio, images, text and other features.  It has been used by organization's like National Geographic who used it to tell a reservation’s whole story.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

I haven't tried out this tool yet, but I think it's a great thing whenever it is possible to create your item on another site but are able to embed it on your own platform.  It means you don't have to send people away from your site and keeps your stories together under your own umbrella.

 

The article also includes links to the National Geographic story as well as a collection of Cowbird stories.

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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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