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CristinaSkyBox: Education and Gamification

CristinaSkyBox: Education and Gamification | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

 

 Find The Future  - Is the first game in which winning means writing a book together; a collection of 100 ways to make history and change the future, inspired by 100 of the most intriguing works of the past.  Although the initial writing has already been completed, gamers can still log in, and who knows? Perhaps you could begin a similar initiative at your institution!


StoryBricks - this is a storytelling online RPG, offering a toolset that allows participants to tell stories in a RPG and share them with friends. 

Despite all the rivers of digital ink that is spent on discussing creativity in education, the fact is that not all teachers are necessarily creative - which does not imply that they are not good teachers. Being a good teacher also requires patience, dedication and a love of learning. Some will be more creative than others. However, learning why and how to integrate different approaches of digital learning into classrooms is increasingly essential. Consider the following extract from the Pew Research Centre:
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Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope

Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

Ray Bradbury’s 1949 short story “Kaleidoscope” is now a 17-minute movie.

 

Hollis (Brett Stimely) pulls together the surviving crew of an exploded spaceship cargo carrier. The deeper he digs in the moments before his almost certain death, the greater his risk of discovering what matters. Are memories really worth more than dreams?

 

It will be making the rounds of film festivals like the 2012 Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville and the 2012 New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.


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Author Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91 Ray Bradbury .. his writing talent came from his prolific memory and "voic

Author Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91  Ray Bradbury .. his writing talent came from his prolific memory and "voic | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Ray Bradbury, author of science fiction classics Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, dies in Los Angeles, his daughter confirms.
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Ray Bradbury told Terry Wogan his writing talent came from his prolific memory and "voices inside my head"
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Logic+Emotion: How To Think And Communicate Visually

Logic+Emotion: How To Think And Communicate Visually | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Originally posted on Edelman Digital Visual storytelling is nothing new. We only need to look to the earliest signs of humanity for proof—simple paintings on the walls of caves tell the story that people are a visual tribe.

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Rosanne M Lammey's comment, June 8, 2012 7:53 PM
Visualization is something I think will help students with comprehension, this article more about communication but there are some good points about visualizing thinking.
Liz Becker's comment, June 13, 2012 6:36 PM
I like this. I think #4 might be a good way to describe and help students with this when it comes to multiple texts. Also, I worked at a tutoring center where one of the tutors was really good at getting struggling readers to visualize what they were reading. He had them develop and explain the "movie" in their mind in order to aid in comprehension. It is a pretty cool strategy.
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Write for Short-Term Cash or Long-Term Income | ePublish a Book

Write for Short-Term Cash or Long-Term Income | ePublish a Book | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Write for Short-Term Cash or Long-Term Income (via Web Writers Desk) Most writers start their online writing because they need an instant income. You can write...
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There are now a wide range of great web tools that allow users to create and conduct  polls and surveys instantly and for free. I have compiled a list of some of the best survey tools specifically for teachers taking into consideration their educational needs. These tools are free and very simple to use. Most of them have embed codes to use when  sharing them  on your classroom blog or website.
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Storybricks

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Storybricks is an interesting concept: a game-building tool & way to do some fascinating storytelling at the same time.

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Get Ready: 4 New Facebook Timeline Features! 1. global / local switch 2. mange pages with iPhone 3. Who's listening? 4. Timeline Video

Get Ready: 4 New Facebook Timeline Features! 1. global / local  switch 2. mange pages with iPhone 3. Who's listening? 4. Timeline Video | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Recently, Facebook has been releasing its latest news and features for Facebook Pages in silence. Some of them are still in the testing process but at least you will discover what your brand should get ready for!

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Recently, Facebook has been releasing its latest news and features for Facebook Pages in silence. Some of them are still in the testing process but at least you will discover what your brand should get ready for!

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1. Switch Between Global And Local Pages

If you are a global brand managing loocal Facebook Pages across several countries, you will definitely appreciate what´s in store for you. You and your Fans will be able to switch between global and local Pages thanks to the „Switch Region“ option 
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2. Manage Your Page With Your iPhone

The Page Manager is an application that lets admins check on their Page activity, access insights and respond to their audience from an iPhone or iPad. After downloading the main Facebook app and installing the Page Manager on your mobile device, you will be able to post status updates and photos, respond to comments and access Page content and insights directly from your phone! 

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The main advantage is that you will receive notifications about people interacting with your Page

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3. Find Out Who Is Listening

Did you ever wonder what percentage of your Fan base has actually seen your post? 

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4. Create a Timeline Video For Your Brand

In January this year, Facebook introduced its official Timeline Movie Makerapplication which could transform a personal profile into a short and impressive video worth sharing with friends. From now on, even Facebook Pages can share their brand´s history and values with their Fans via video!


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Jonathan Franzen: the path to Freedom

Jonathan Franzen: the path to Freedom | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

Before the huge success of The Corrections, the novelist was broke, depressed and stuck in an unhappy marriage.

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Written in flesh: Tattoos take on more text | INFORUM | Fargo, ND

Written in flesh: Tattoos take on more text | INFORUM | Fargo, ND | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
FARGO - The tats, they are a-changing. Tattoos, that is. Tribal bands are out and text is in. Script on skin is the current trend in body art making up the bulk of the business for local shops.
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Digital Storytelling resources

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Digital storytelling (DST) began at the Centre for Digital Storytelling in California, USA, and is now a worldwide phenomenon. In Britain DST has now been used extensively by the BBC to capture the richness of people’s lives.

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http://www.storycenter.org/index1.html


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Digital stories are "mini-movies" of images and sound, created and edited by people using cameras, computers, scanners and their own photo albums. This technique of combining stories and new technology means that anyone can easily create a story.

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The use of digital storytelling in education is in its infancy but seems to offer a useful tool in assisting reflective learning, investigating and recording the student experience.

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Digital Story Telling Projects @ the University of Gloucestershire
Enhancing Students' Learning Experiences Through the Use of Digital Storytelling

http://resources.glos.ac.uk/tli/lets/projects/pathfinder/index.cfm

Phase 1 of The Higher Education Academy / JISC Higher Education e-Learning Pathfinder Programme

Digital Stroytelling Centre for Active Learning report

http://insight.glos.ac.uk/tli/resources/toolkit/wal/sustainable/Pages/DigitalStoryTelling.aspx

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Storytelling Advice - Inside the Story: an eBook Curating Inspirational Ideas from Great Storytellers

Storytelling Advice - Inside the Story: an eBook Curating Inspirational Ideas from Great Storytellers | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

Robin Good: My personal thanks go to Liz Wilson on the Paper.li Community Blog, where she has published a great article about Adam Westbrook's fantastic eBook "Inside the Story" (I bought a copy after reading her review) where he collects and curate inspirational ideas and anectodes from 24 digital storytellers.

 

According to the author, the eBook was inspired by a project by Seth Godin – an ebook created collaboratively.

 

"The key word is authenticity.

 

Audiences are skeptical of commercials and advertising these days and don’t respond to it.

 

Journalists are good at telling real authentic stories.

 

Everyone has a story — even the smallest small business owner — and it is that story which customers respond to now."

 

The article contains also useful tips, advice and links to resources as well as a short list of brilliant digital storytellers from whom you can take inspiration from.

 

Must read article. Resourceful. Inspiring. 9/10

 

Here is the ebook:

http://www.insidethestory.org/ ;


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Thanks for the mention Robin but all credit goes to Adam - a guy who is really trailblazing in online video and entrepreneurial journalism. And doing it alone. He is the inspiration to digital publishers. I recommend everyone to follow his blog www. adamwestbrook.co.uk
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Flowchart: How to Write a Dan Brown Novel

Flowchart: How to Write a Dan Brown Novel | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

Dan Brown told the Boston Globe this week that there's another Robert Langdon book in the works. I am genuinely and unironically excited. I love his novels. They are where I go to read a movie.

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No One Reads Online in writing exercises. What can be done to create effective e-learning?

No One Reads Online in writing exercises. What can be done to create effective e-learning? | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

Linda Rening, May 16, 2012

No one reads e-learning courses. The sad truth is we engage in what amounts to writing exercises. What can be done to create effective e-learning?

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I think there is more evidence suggesting we know learners don’t read what we write. Think of all of the tactics we’ve used to make them read:

  • Recording voice-over audio that reads every word on the screen to them
  • Disabling the “next” button until every question has been answered – or even answered correctly
  • Delaying activation of the “next” button for 3 seconds so learners have to read (I wouldn’t make that up)
  • Video-taping the Vice President of Something telling learners how important the information is and imploring them to learn it

What have we accomplished with those shenanigans? We’ve annoyed our already besieged and weary learners a little more.

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So, what’s the answer? Very simply, the answer is to create learning that matters to learners.

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We won’t go through all of it again here, but I do want to offer you a couple of reminders:

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Follow the structure of Context-Challenge-Activity-Feedback(CCAF):

    • Know your learners and identify desired behavior change
    • Create learning that takes place in a true-to-life context and offers real-to-life challenges
    • Structure feedback that follows the natural consequences of a choice the learner makes

Try test/tell:

    • Let learners try something on their own and make mistakes. That will create motivation to learn the right procedure or the correct answer.
    • Start with the challenge, and present information upon learner request or as part of the feedback
    • Use humor, surprise, curiosity, sensory input and the like judiciously, but do use them. They serve to heighten interest and keep learners engaged.

The reality I have had to face is this: If you want to write elegant prose, keep a journal. If you want people to learn, stop talking and start creating learning that matters.

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Writers emerge with tips and quips

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WHAT exactly is an emerging writer, and how long does it take to emerge? Fiona McGregor, winner of the 2011 Age Book of the Year award for her novel Indelible Ink, has been a writer for 25 years. But at Adelaide Writers' Week this year, she was introduced as a new young writer.
I hope that didn't put off the eager young people who flocked to the opening of the recent Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne. In an evening that was a sometimes uneasy mix of official business and comic entertainment, McGregor was the standout speaker. Somehow she managed to be both cautionary and rousing about the business of being a writer.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/writers-emerge-with-tips-and-quips-20120608-2010n.html#ixzz1xJiUTarJ
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How to Tell a Great Story

How to Tell a Great Story | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Use this seven-step process to develop and tell a business anecdote that will you help close the deal.

 

There are few sales tools more powerful than stories, if they're appropriate and well-told. Because they are always about people and events that changed people's lives in some way, anecdotes create emotion and interest. They teach without preaching. They paint mental pictures that are worth a thousand buzzwords.

 

[Image credit: BigStock Photo]


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Ray Bradbury Was Better Than A Literary Icon. He Was A God of Pulp.

Ray Bradbury Was Better Than A Literary Icon. He Was A God of Pulp. | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Science-fiction great Ray Bradbury died Tuesday night in California at the age of 91. He was renowned for his short stories as well as for the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, which cast readers into a Cold War-inspired future of paranoid book burning. Back in 2005, Bryan Curtis argued that, despite his high-literary laurels, Bradbury truly belonged to the world of pulp fiction. The original piece is printed below.
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Allen Ginsberg Reads His Classic Beat Poem, Howl

Allen Ginsberg Reads His Classic Beat Poem, Howl | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

The poet Allen Ginsberg would have celebrated a birthday today, his 86th. We didn’t want the day to slip by without mentioning his 1955 poem, Howl. So today we give you Ginsberg reading Howl in 1975. You can access the 27 minute reading in different formats.

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Seven tips in digital storytelling from the New York Times and CNN

Seven tips in digital storytelling from the New York Times and CNN | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

"We are in a golden age of storytelling" was the message shared by the New York Times's assistant managing editor Jim Roberts early on in a session at the News World Summit today named 'Obituary: The death of the traditional news story".


This article is slanted toward journalists. But think about it -- if you are using content, or creating content in your business to drive sales, then in many ways you are being a journalist. Especially if you attend conferences or events and report on those later to your customers/community.


So these 7 tips are pretty interesting and I bet you can incorporate many of them as your develop and promote your content. Like, 'avoid the 900-word valueless story' and 'incorporate live feeds' into your content. Hmmm -- that's an intesting one to get your head wrapped around. But that could be a lot of fun to do, especially at conferences or events.


So check these tips out. They are not your typical 'digital storytelling tips' that are a dime-a-dozen on the web. And I hope you get some good ideas!


Review written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, June 1, 2012 1:14 AM
Hi Karen,
thank you so much for appreciation about my suggestion.
Karen Dietz's comment, June 1, 2012 5:49 PM
You are the best Giuseppe! Thank you for thinking of me :)
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Visual Storytelling: The power of the still image in video

Visual Storytelling: The power of the still image in video | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

What drives all my decisions on what I am doing and using is telling a story. In corporate work I do a good number of what I call best practices packages. This is where we are showing someone in the company that is doing an outstanding job that we would like others copy.

 

There are typically three things I am getting for content to help tell the story.


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5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success

5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"It’s that time of year again, the time when cultural icons and luminaries of various stripes flock to podiums around the world to impart their wisdom on a fresh crop of graduating seniors hungry to take on the world. After last year’s omnibus of timeless commencement addresses by J. K. Rowling (“Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself. But poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.”), Steve Jobs (“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”), Robert Krulwich (“You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places.”), Meryl Streep (“This is your time, and it feels normal to you. But, really, there is no ‘normal.’ There’s only change, and resistance to it, and then more change.”), and Jeff Bezos (“Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.”), here are five-ish more packets of timeless wisdom."


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The Democracy of Storytelling

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I believe in the democracy of storytelling. I love the fact that our stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries. I feel humbled by the notion that I'm even a small part of the literary experience. I grew up in a house, in a city, in a country shaped by books. I don't know of a greater privilege than being allowed to tell a story, or to listen to a story. They're the only thing we have that can trump life itself.

COLUM McCANN

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36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

In 2005 Chuck Palahniuk began submitting original writing essays on craft to his official fan site ChuckPalahniuk.net. 36 essays later and Chuck had amassed a wealth of knowledge on his readers; tools and writing tenants that could fill a book! Only as of now, they don't. Instead, they reside here, on LitReactor and nowhere else. Prepare to be blown away.

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Adam Westbrook: Want to be a Digital Storyteller? Just do it | The People Behind the Paper.lis

o you want to tell digital stories that touch people? As a journalist, in marketing or education, or as a personal publishing project?

I know that many people do, and that’s why I got quite excited about a beautiful digital book that I came across last week, Inside the Story. In it, 24 master digital storytellers share one piece of advice each, and the result is a thought-provoking and inspiring reference for all digital storytellers.

Not only that, all proceeds of the book go to Kiva, which empowers people around the world with micro loans. You can only buy it until Thursday May 24 (GBP 3.50) so act now to get your copy!

The whole thing was the idea of Adam Westbrook, a freelance multimedia producer who creates digital stories for commercial and non-profit organisations, and is also a lecturer and blogger based in London.

Adam sent hundreds of emails over a period of months getting the best film-makers, journalists and designers to contribute. (That’s him above, interviewing a soldier in Iraq.) And he agreed to share some tips on producing great digital stories.


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SCENARIOS ARE MINI DRAMAS…NOT A GLORIFIED Q & A.

Contrary to many articles published lately, scenarios are not written questions with a supposition or proposition followed by questions. They are micro dramas....


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The Bond Between Creature and Creator

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[Good read!]

 

When I started writing, once again, something clicked. I was writing my story, creating my characters, putting them into tough situations and pulling them out again, and a curious thing happened. They stopped being mere words on a page. They ceased to be simple constructs of my imagination. I began to think of them each as pieces of myself that I’d broken off and breathed into life, setting them into motion on the page, and because they each were tiny fragments of myself, I felt as they felt, hurt as they hurt, rejoiced and laughed as they did. The story I was creating became, for me at least, a living story. Now this was something different than all the writing I’d done before. I’d written stories before, but even at their best they were clinical, hollow, clear fabrications. This living story was something new to me and it was exhilarating. I couldn’t wait to get home from work to sit down and nudge my characters around to see what they might do.

 

I reached a point one night when Fin, my heroine, had come to the lowest point in her life. All her dreams had fallen apart; everything she’d hoped for was gone. She was in total despair and she was crying out to God: Why?

 

When I heard that cry, I cried. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I sat in my chair and shook. I felt her pain so clearly and so personally, because, of course, she was part of me, wasn’t she? She was my own creation. Created in my own image. To whom was she crying out if not to me?

 

Why, she cried. And then I realized that I had the answer. My answer was: Because I know the end of the story. “Just wait,” I wanted to tell her. “Just wait!” But of course she couldn’t hear that. She was lost in the cornfield with no idea of what lay over the immense horizon–and no way home.

 

Here then is the bond. Creator. Creature. Tied together. Bound up in the same mind. One, only a part. The other, the whole. The creation, an incarnate expression of the creator. I realized that I loved my characters, each of them, even the unlovable ones. And of course you’ve already made the leap that was dawning on me then, that in the love we have of our creation, we glimpse the love of our own Creator.

 

This brings me back to living as a story. I’d been asking for years: what story do I want to tell about my life? But that was small potatoes, wasn’t it? It was the wrong question. Here’s the right one:

 

What story is being told with my life? Whose story am I a part of? What part am I playing?


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