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The Heart of Innovation: Frequently Asked Questions About My Forthcoming Book on Storytelling

The Heart of Innovation: Frequently Asked Questions About My Forthcoming Book on Storytelling | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
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Learn How To Draw The Simple and Fun Way!

Learn How To Draw The Simple and Fun Way! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The #1 free resource on learning how to draw.
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YourDrawingLessons.com is the place to find dozens of free articles to help you quickly improve your drawing ability.

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Debut Video Capture Software. Easy Video, Webcam and Screen Recording

Debut Video Capture Software. Easy Video, Webcam and Screen Recording | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Download free video recording software for PC or Mac. Record video from video capture devices, webcams, screen capture or even streaming video.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 7, 2015 1:13 AM

Looks like a useful and versatile tool.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, September 7, 2015 2:56 AM

Yeah, this does look pretty good. But I'm already happy enough with ScreencastOmatic.com

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 8, 2015 10:16 AM

I'll have to give this a try. I've been looking for some  good screencasting software!

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7 Ways to Be a More Exciting Public Speaker

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Wondering how you can become a more dynamic and exciting public speaker? Here are 7 ways to get there!
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Such a great post! In it you'll find a list of some highly worthwhile activities for boosting your public speaking skills.

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CLICK - A game created in Storyline

CLICK - A  game created in Storyline | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The other day I was going through an educational app "Lumosity". One of the most Leading online brain training programs that challenges core cognitive abilities. Lumosity exposes your brain to grad...

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Business Storytelling Meets Improv: Yes And Essential Skill!

Business Storytelling Meets Improv: Yes And Essential Skill! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Yes, and! Improv Meets Business Storytelling
Does your business have a ‘Yes, And’ or a ‘No, But’ attitude? Culture, collaboration and storytelling are the focus of this episode.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 2, 2015 3:09 PM

Improv is at the heart of storytelling and an essential skill to master when sharing stories in person. It's even more critical when two or more people are telling a story in tandem.


Here Kathy Klotz-Guest, improv and storytelling expert, gives us the skinny on how and why the two work together so well.


Kathy is interviewed on this podcast by story professional Lianne Picot for her Voice America radio show on business storytelling.


Enjoy the wisdom Kathy shares and keep having fun sharing stories.


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

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11 ways to use PowToon at work

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11 ways to use PowToon at work: I don't know you if you've ever experienced this, but I still remember when it happened to me - standing outside the meeting
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11 Awesome and Free Image Resources for your Next Presentation

11 Awesome and Free Image Resources for your Next Presentation | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Images make presentations better. Not Text. Not Audio. Not Video.  It is the image that rules this world.
Why?  Because images have the power to trigger an imme(...)
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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 8, 2015 4:12 PM

Do make sure you are aware of the copyright on the image you want to use. What are the requirements for using the picture?

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How to Techify Any Lesson Plan with these 4 Classroom Friendly Apps

How to Techify Any Lesson Plan with these 4 Classroom Friendly Apps | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The pressure is on!
Schools around the country are stepping up efforts to integrate technology into the classroom, and teachers are feeling it more than ever. N(...)
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36 Weeks of Innovation for Your Classroom

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Recently, it's been reported that U.S. "Millennials" are not making the mark when it comes to technology proficiency and problem solving when compared to counterparts in other countries (19th out o...
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8 pasos para usar en clase la narración digital o digital storytelling #infografia #education

8 pasos para usar en clase la narración digital o digital storytelling #infografia #education | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Hola: Una infografía con 8 pasos para usar en clase la narración digital o digital storytelling. Vía Un saludo
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Images for presentations: alternatives to stock photos

Images for presentations: alternatives to stock photos | Serious Play | Scoop.it

You’ve seen them before, fake and generic photos for which the presenter didn’t bother to search for more than 10 seconds. Stock Photos reveal you are an amateur and/or careless presenter, and you shouldn’t use them under any circumstance (other than to make fun of them).
So how to illustrate your presentation the right way? 

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Using Post-it® Super Sticky Notes To Promote Critical Thinking

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Using Post-it® Super Sticky Notes To Promote Critical Thinking
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How can Post-it® Super Sticky Notes be used to promote critical thinking in the STEM high school classroom?
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Blinkist: Never Stop Learning.

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Blinkist lets you read the key lessons from 1,000+ nonfiction books in 15min or less. Start your free trial today and find out how.
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Creating Simple, Powerful Presentations - A 33Voices interview with Michael Baldwin

Creating Simple, Powerful Presentations - A 33Voices interview with Michael Baldwin | Serious Play | Scoop.it

For nearly three decades now, Michael Baldwin has been helping brands, senior executives, and entrepreneurs craft compelling presentations, but never before has he shared the science behind his approach, until now.  In his new book, Just Add Water:  An incredibly easy guide for creating simple, powerful presentations, he goes back in time to illustrate why communication is a lost art, and how simple index cards can transform your next presentation.  

 

Here’s what we discuss:

What the insiders know about capturing attentionThe human element of presentation deliveryDefining your crystal clear objectiveWhy every presentation design should begin with “To Convince”What great presenters know about pacing and pausingThe distinguishing characteristic of great headlinesWhy the ending doesn’t have to have a call to action
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Moe and Michael Baldwin discuss how to put the focus — and the power — of every presentation back where it belongs: with the presenter.

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Sway- A Handy Tool for Creating Interactive Presentations and Reports

Sway- A Handy Tool for Creating Interactive Presentations and Reports | Serious Play | Scoop.it
September 4, 2015
Sway is a great Microsoft app that allows you to easily create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and many more. Using Sway’s web-based canvas,...
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5 Minutes to Fantastic: Build a Notecard Interaction with Storyline in 5 Minutes

5 Minutes to Fantastic: Build a Notecard Interaction with Storyline in 5 Minutes | Serious Play | Scoop.it
 
Ready for today’s five minutes of Storyline inspiration? Give me just five minutes and I’ll show you how Storyline’s intuitive workflow makes it easy to build cool stuff, fast.Today we’re buildi...

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How to sell a tale: the power of stories in marketing

How to sell a tale: the power of stories in marketing | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Brands aren't built on facts and statistics alone. Connecting with customers means understanding and deploying the power of stories in marketing.

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Jim Signorelli,Story-Lab's curator insight, September 3, 2015 11:26 AM

This article provides a number of great points when it comes to the efficacy of brand storytelling, most important of which is the power of fiction over fact. 


However, it, like many articles on brand storytelling takes a point of view that I believe can be misleading.  It is the notion that the brand's role is to make the customer the hero.  


Many will (and have) disagreed with my contention that this limits the opportunity for the brand.   This is because we have always been taught to believe the customer is king or queen.  This may be true when it comes to a brand's service ethic, but this thought can get in the way when it comes to brand storytelling.


Consider this: Hero's are people we aspire to and emulate, not so much for what they do, but for what they value and believe in.   They provide us with a purpose that resonates with our own beliefs about what is important. 


I realize this could get into a lengthy article as opposed to an insight. So I'll just ask you to think about the brands you love and admire.  Are you emotionally attached to them because of the functions they perform or because of what they represent?  Here's yet another thing to consider:  When you see an ad that implies that a given product is going to make you a hero to your kids, or the envy of your neighbors, do you believe them? 


This review was written by Jim Signorelli for the curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/just-story-it.


Jim Signorelli,Story-Lab's curator insight, September 3, 2015 12:18 PM

This article provides a number of great points when it comes to the efficacy of brand storytelling, most important of which is the power of fiction over fact. 


However, it, like many articles on brand storytelling takes a point of view that I believe can be misleading.  It is the notion that the brand's role is to make the customer the hero.  


Many will (and have) disagreed with my contention that this limits the opportunity for the brand.   This is because we have always been taught to believe the customer is king or queen.  This may be true when it comes to a brand's service ethic, but this thought can get in the way when it comes to brand storytelling.


Consider this: Hero's are people we aspire to and emulate, not so much for what they do, but for what they value and believe in.   They provide us with a purpose that resonates with our own beliefs about what is important. 


I realize this could get into a lengthy article as opposed to an insight. So I'll just ask you to think about the brands you love and admire.  Are you emotionally attached to them because of the functions they perform or because of what they represent?  Here's yet another thing to consider:  When you see an ad that implies that a given product is going to make you a hero to your kids, or the envy of your neighbors, do you believe them? 

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15 Ways to Use Your iPhone in the Classroom

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Integrating technology into the classroom can be tedious and scary, but it doesn’t have to be; In fact, you can do loads of cool, techy things without even venturing further than your iPhone. Yes, your iPhone is a source of infinite classroom technological power! (and by iPhone, I mean pretty much any smart phone). The list of …
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29 Super Effective Ways to get Your Students’ Attention Without Ever Raising Your Voice

29 Super Effective Ways to get Your Students’ Attention Without Ever Raising Your Voice | Serious Play | Scoop.it
“Quiet Down! This is the last time I’m asking you take your seats!  Why won’t you listen!?”
Teaching is tough! And that’s true even if you have a classroom full(...)
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Seesaw -Digital Portfolios for Students

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Student Driven Digital Portfolios

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John O'Connor's curator insight, September 5, 2015 7:14 PM

Seesaw looks like it has loads of potential as an instant feedback tool.

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A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers (EdSurge News)

A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers (EdSurge News) | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Everyone tells stories: journalists, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs. Conveying information in a coherent and compelling way is vital to success in the real world, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to share their ideas in effective ways.

 

Here are some tips for transforming storytelling assignments in your classroom, no matter what subject or grade level you teach.

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The Secrets of Compelling Presentation Design: A Guidebook

The Secrets of Compelling Presentation Design: A Guidebook | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This presentation design guidebook is a compilation of proven tips, techniques, and best practices that can help you create winning slide sets.

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SketchBubble's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:52 AM

Most presenters seem to have a decent grasp on what is needed to succeed at presentation design and delivery, but content always seems to be the biggest challenge.