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Google Earth Now Provides Tour builder to Create and Tell Stories

Google Earth Now Provides Tour builder to Create and Tell Stories | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Tour Builder is a cool web tool that allows users to create narrative stories using text, graphics, pictures, videos and Google Maps.Tour Builder lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation. Currently, Tour builder is still in beta version and it requires  the Google Earth plugin which is only available for Windows and Mac OS X 10.6+"


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Shadow Puppet: Digital Storytelling for iOS Devices

Shadow Puppet: Digital Storytelling for iOS Devices | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

review by Michael Karlin...rated Outstanding


And that's the app!  Yes, it's incredibly simple, but I think that's perfect for this application because it can be used at all ages without much difficulty.  It takes less than 30 seconds to figure out how the application works and it can be integrated in a huge variety of subjects.  

Students can narrate their understanding of virtually any topic and then share those narrations with the class or the teacher.  It's an excellent, easy way to get students talking and sharing what they understand about a particular idea.


My only suggestion would be for them to include a drawing tool (sort of like VoiceThread offers) so that students could add lines or shapes to the images as well.  

Other than that, I love the simplicity, I think it's an excellent app for the classroom, it could be used in all subjects and grade levels, and to top it all off, it's completely free!


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Narrativs

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Stories that move us

Description by New Learning Times

 

"Everyone has a Story to Tell
Do you have a story you would like to share? Do you enjoy reading short stories?Narrativs believes that everyone has a story to tell and aims to connect people all over the world through storytelling. Narrativs has created a digital space where aspiring writers can gain support for their work and receive constructive criticism. On the Narrativs website everyone is invited to submit a poem or short story – fiction or non-fiction. The Narrativs editing team provides feedback on the submission and the author is encouraged to make the necessary changes. After the piece goes through the editing process the story is then published on the Narrativs site and readers can rate and write comments in reaction to the story. This new publishing format allows one to learn about the world from many different perspectives by reading this diverse collection of stories.

 

"Social Entrepreneurship 
Narrativs aims to give everyone a voice, not only by creating a platform for writers to share their work, but also by financially supporting non- profit projects that promote literacy. Founder, Rachel Ngoc Anh Bui was inspired to develop Narrativs after listening to a global responsibility-focused speech by the prince of Norway. Narrativs plans to gather the best stories from the site to publish in a book. The money that the book generates will be given to groups that aid education in developing countries. The Narrativs team hopes to inspire others to find ways to develop businesses that make the world a better place. The team has been visiting schools in the United States and motivating students to create businesses that are socially responsible. Narrativs is creating a valuable narrative around both digital authorship and global citizenship."

 

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Margaret Waage's comment, August 31, 2013 1:58 PM
I love this idea because it is true. What I love even more is the idea of sharing narratives because that experience is what connects us to each other.
mtmeme's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Interesting type of support!

harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:16 AM
It is indeed very powerful and wish to study deep on the subject.
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Storytelling That Moves People -- Harvard Business Review

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A Conversation with Screenwriting Coach Robert McKee by Bronwyn Fryer

 

"Why is persuasion so difficult, and what can you do to set people on fire? In search of answers to those questions, HBR senior editor Bronwyn Fryer paid a visit to Robert McKee, the world’s best-known and most respected screenwriting lecturer, at his home in Los Angeles. An award-winning writer and director, McKee moved to California after studying for his Ph.D. in cinema arts at the University of Michigan. He then taught at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television before forming his own company, Two-Arts, to take his lectures on the art of storytelling worldwide to an audience of writers, directors, producers, actors, and entertainment executives.

 

"McKee believes that executives can engage listeners on a whole new level if they toss their PowerPoint slides and learn to tell good stories instead. In his best-selling book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, published in 1997 by Harper-Collins, McKee argues that stories “fulfill a profound human need to grasp the patterns of living—not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.” What follows is an edited and abridged transcript of McKee’s conversation with HBR."

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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic]

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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KindredReaders's curator insight, January 2, 11:45 AM

great visual reference!

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 3, 1:39 AM

Creative writing in steps

Gennia Holder's curator insight, January 14, 9:50 AM

This a great list, but, perfect?  I don't know about that :)  Stories aren't a magic bullet. However, applying these elements and telling the right story+right time+right audience... can make an emotional connection with your audience that impacts your business.

 

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Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa

Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Resources for storytelling performances, training, coaching, and research.

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Outstanding collection of links to a multitude of resources related to storytelling. Figa is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences. It would be great if she could add a one-sentence description for each of the resources. List is regularly updated, so it is definitely current.

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Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 12:13 AM
wow good one!!
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:50 PM
Thanks Coletta!
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Storyboard That – online storyboard creator for schools

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Storyboard That is a cutting edge Web 2.0 tool for rapidly creating amazing storyboards, no art skills needed. Great for business meetings and in the classroom for students to express their creativity.

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Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:51 AM

struggled to use in school (internet issues) but seems a good way to go.

Venkatesh Surya's comment, March 17, 2:53 AM
that is a great innovation in studying
Venkatesh Surya's comment, March 17, 2:53 AM
that is a great innovation in studying
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Create Great Video Stories with the New Google Story Builder

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Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Lino's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Es una aplicación potente y muy fácil de usar que nos permite crear clips de vídeo reproduciendo una historia  con frases de texto que hayamos ideado entre dos o más personajes.

 

El video final se puede compartir directamente en Google+ o como un enlace para cualquier sitio que deseemos (por desgracia, no se muestra una vista previa o miniatura cuando se trata de compartir vídeo creado con StoryBuilder en Facebook).

 

Una gran herramienta.

 

De uso libre. (No tenemos que registrarte o iniciar sesión para acceder a ella).

 

Pruébalo: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:20 AM

Stories are a power communication strategy. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:08 AM

A tool to use for digital story telling.

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3 Storytelling Tips From “Breaking Bad” Creator Vince Gilligan for Biz Stories

3 Storytelling Tips From “Breaking Bad” Creator Vince Gilligan for Biz Stories | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
During our recent chat with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan on subject of the fifth and final season of the show, he illuminated several storytelling principles that have helped make the series such a success.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 13, 2013 2:53 PM

Here's a quick article that reminds us to craft or keep our stories fresh by using 3 principles:

  1. Know your characters well
  2. Make it your mission to surprise
  3. Embrace curveballs


So what does this mean for busines storytelling?

  1. The more you know your customers, the better off your storytelling will be -- because you will be connecting with their needs, desires, and aspirations.
  2. Surprise and novelty are critical to any story -- don't forget to add these elements to keep your audiences engaged or you will end up boring and undifferentiated in the marketplace.
  3. Embrace curveballs -- well As Gilligan says, being open to change and constant discovery yields results. That's because as you and your customers change, so your stories need to change also.


There are other insights to this short piece for you to enjoy on this Sunday afternoon.


Many thanks to fellow curator Giuseppe Mauriello for sending me this post!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 16, 2013 11:14 AM

Interesting ideas that may even apply to the business environment.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 16, 2013 11:42 AM
Yes Ron, I think the article does go way beyond storytelling. Which is perfect -- because a business's storytelling needs to align with your values and activities. Considering these 3 principles could help that alignment.
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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 

 

There is too much information. The author explains that the real power of content marketing lies in the orginal content creation. Mixing curated content with your original content builds authority. There is a video "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? That's where it is for all of us that write. Why would anyone curate my post?

 

Commentary first written by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" and I adapted her commentary.

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/w104L6]


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.
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Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ 


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21st Cent. Learners's curator insight, November 15, 2013 1:58 PM

Written for journalists, this article is of interest to educators too.  Some grat tools for creating great multi-media presentations.  Imagine what learners might produce with these...

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:21 PM

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GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.

 

Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.

 

Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.

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The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity

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"Together with a whole network of media researchers, creators and students we will:
- learn storytelling basics such as antagonist/protagonist relationships, narrative/narrated time, ...
- have a look at exciting current media projects
- analyze how they are designed and executed based on aforementioned basics
- and discuss how (and if) new online tools and formats change the way stories are told and perceived.

The 8-chapter course starts on October 25th, 2013 and ends on December 20th, 2013.

It will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.


"Our goal is to inspire and help understand. To broaden our horizon of what is and might be possible and what has already been attempted, and what has succeeded or even failed - and why.
In several little tasks you'll analyze and practice storytelling on your own and in teams."

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This MOOC will be led by a team based at the University of Potsdam, Germany

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10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing ~ Mind/Shift

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by Katrina Schwartz

 

"Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies. Happy back to school!"

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 15, 2013 2:10 PM

Links to 10 great Mind/Shift articles from the last number of months, each describing practical and useful ways to energize classrooms with tech and enriched strategies.

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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In

This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Shane Snow

 

"Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it, and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling." Marketers are obsessed with storytelling, and conference panels on the subject lately have fewer empty seats than a Bieber concert.

 

"Funny thing is, storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing. It's always coming out of the buzzword pile because, at the end of the day, it's a timeless skill. Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history. For good and for ill.

 

"And now more than ever, businesses, workers, and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through storytelling.

 

"Good stories surprise us. They have compelling characters. They make us think, make us feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph don't."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:35 AM

#1 skill not just in business, but just about every form of communication.

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A Crash Course On How Mobile Apps Are Changing Storytelling

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 18, 2013 2:25 AM

Michelle Lhooq:  'The increased predominance of mobile devices—not to mention our clingy dependence on them—has sparked a boom of ambitious apps for phones and tablets that are case studies for storytelling in the “digital age.”'

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How To : Visually Record Ideas Using an iPad

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How To : Visually Record Ideas Using an iPad

Visual recording is similar to audio recording: they both use the same concept that is : recording. One uses voice and the other uses visual cues like diagrams, charts, lines, arrows...etc. Think about visual recording as visual mind mapping.

This is Visual Recording and NOT (in this case) Visual Facilitation


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Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:36 PM

ipad is creating new opportunities...

Jessica Laney Petty's comment, June 26, 2013 3:48 PM
Thanks for the video. These storytelling videos are great. http://sandiegoweddingplaces.com
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:32 PM

fascinating!  I will try it out.

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Storytelling for Presentations

Alex Rister: "Storytelling for Presentations" was a short lesson I developed for my online Professional Communication and Presentation course. How do you teach storytelling


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Nedko Aldev's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:17 AM

add your insight...

 
LucaVanin's curator insight, May 17, 2013 2:42 AM

Trasformar euna presentazione in una storia da raccontare: lo sforzo più complesso!

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers.

 

Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education :


- It develops creativity and critical thinking Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds 

 

- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message. 

 

- It helps students explore  the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.

 

- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning 

 

- It develops students communicative skills It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience. 

 

- It fosters students sense of individuality It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identityStudents creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications

 

 


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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:51 AM

Do I need to add more?

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:02 PM

Και "storyjumper" επίσης.

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:45 AM

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers.

 

Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education :


- It develops creativity and critical thinking Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds 

 

- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message. 

 

- It helps students explore  the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.

 

- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning 

 

- It develops students communicative skills It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience. 

 

- It fosters students sense of individuality It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identityStudents creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications

 

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Digital Storytelling: how to make an animated PPT movie

How-to video for creating digital storybooks using custom animations in PowerPoint. For more resources from Nancye Blair, visit www.EngagingEducation.net.

 

Wonderful resource!  


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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:48 PM

All part and parcel of having your 'digital' voice heard.  Great tool.  

Allison Kenney's curator insight, October 16, 8:46 AM

Not the same old PPT that we used to use.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 20, 3:24 AM

Je suis de plus en plus convaincu qu'il faut raconter des histoires, même à des 'grands'.

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Principles of Transmedia

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Only a few months before the Producers Guild sanctioned the role of transmedia producer, Henry Jenkins, the professor who was among the first scholars to define transmedia, assembled a list of ‘seven principles of transmedia storytelling’…

 

[Kevin Maloney's excellent examination of Henry Jenkins' seven principles of transmedia storytelling.]


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