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Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers

Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Dear Colleague Language Teacher,

In this article, please don’t expect to read ideas on the use of stories in language teaching. Stories are offered here as the foundations of the house of language teaching...not the rooms, beds and breakfast tables.

Andrew
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Seven Myths About Transmedia Storytelling Debunked - Fast Company

Seven Myths About Transmedia Storytelling Debunked - Fast Company | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Henry Jenkins - Over the past few years, transmedia storytelling has become a hot buzzword in Hollywood and Madison Avenue alike--"the next big thing" or "the last big thing" depending on whom you ask.
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Storytelling: Video games' next killer app

Storytelling: Video games' next killer app | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
As a recent resurgence in video game storytelling, buoyed by increasingly literate titles like "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" and "BioShock: Infinite" illustrates, interactive fiction is closing in on other forms of narrative entertainment.
The problem, as experts like Ultima creator Richard Garriott and Infocom veteran Steve Meretzky explain in a recent documentary, is that gaming is a relatively young field. Game makers still haven't mastered their craft the way artists, playwrights and filmmakers have.
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A FAMILY STORY: HOW MY GRANDFATHER SAVED MY GRANDMOTHER’S LIFE - STORIES CONNECT LOVE HEALS

A FAMILY STORY: HOW MY GRANDFATHER SAVED MY GRANDMOTHER’S LIFE - STORIES CONNECT LOVE HEALS | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
My father, also Charlie, parked the car and said, “Wait here, Son. They don’t allow children in your grandfather’s room. I’ll be back soon.” Something wasn’t right. I could sense my father’s uneasiness.

Sitting in the car, waiting, I thought about my grandfather. I’d heard my father say he acted as if he were the mayor of downtown Manhattan. He knew everyone: Governor Rockefeller, Mayor Wagner, and Tim Mara, the owner of the New York Giants. How does a fireman know all those people? I marveled.
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Armadillo - An Astonishing Leap Forward For Nonfiction Storytelling

Armadillo - An Astonishing Leap Forward For Nonfiction Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
The first documentary ever chosen to compete in the International Critics' Week at Cannes (where it won the grand prize), Janus Metz's ARMADILLO follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare, the film premiered at the top of the box office in Denmark, provoking a national debate over government policy and the rules of engagement.
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The Story Of Storytelling 7: Flat Earth News - The Inside Story

The Story Of Storytelling 7: Flat Earth News - The Inside Story | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Society doesn’t need newspapers, notes the insightful pundit Clay Shirkey. What we need is journalism. “For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.”
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National Storytelling Festival Lineup Announced

National Storytelling Festival Lineup Announced | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
The International Storytelling Center is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people everywhere to capture and tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to produce positive change.
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Nick Kristof on Storytelling & Development

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof visits the Center for Global Development to talk about his reporting, his recent book and how he tries to use both to draw attention to issues in the developing world.
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A New Way to Photograph War? - LightBox

A New Way to Photograph War? - LightBox | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Danfung Dennis has been documenting war for years, first with still photographs, then in motion, culminating with the award-winning documentary Hell and Back Again. Still, he found himself unsatisfied, feeling that coverage of war was becoming “mundane, almost ordinary,” he says. “Society was numb to the images of conflict.”

An idea was born: Condition ONE, an app to provide a new form of storytelling. Dennis says it combines “the power of the still image, the narrative of films and the emotional engagement of tactile experiences to create a new language that is so immersive, it will shake viewers out of their numbness to traditional media and provide them a powerful emotional experience. Instead of opening a window to glimpse another world, we are attempting to bring the viewer into that world as an active participant.”
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MyStreet

MyStreet | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
It's where I live, it's where you live, it's an idea, your hood, locale, community...it could even be your corridor or your lift. Now it is 2 more things: it's a nationwide competition for you to make a short documentary film about your "street" and it is this website where your film will be seen, telling the nation's stories, street by street ... by you.
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Lies Lies and more damn lies!- The truth about Storytelling.

Lies Lies and more damn lies!- The truth about Storytelling. | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
I should tell you straight. I’m a liar, a cheat and a trickster. It’s my job. Specifically, in the context of this blog you should know that I consistently change names, gender and the specific details of case histories in order to protect the identity of my clients. And in my sessions with people I do the same thing, telling stories about things that happened to “a friend of mine” or to myself. I’m not trying to mislead people. My stories always have a purpose. It’s just not always the purpose you might think.
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Isabel Wilkerson on the Great Migration, structuring an epic narrative and the challenges of writing nonfiction – Nieman Storyboard

Isabel Wilkerson on the Great Migration, structuring an epic narrative and the challenges of writing nonfiction – Nieman Storyboard | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
In fact, the kind of narrative writer I am moves from the ground up. I get the stories from the people I meet; I get my energy from the people that I’m interviewing. I don’t like to have any preconceived notions when I’m going in. I like to hear the story as it unfolds in front of me. Particularly with narrative, it’s got to be about the story that’s being told, it’s got to be about the character, the protagonist whose story you’re hearing. If you go in with a preconceived idea or too much information, you might miss something, because it doesn’t sound as fresh or as new to you, because you kind of know it already.
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Clark explains how one word’s placement affects storytelling - Indiana University School of Journalism

Clark explains how one word’s placement affects storytelling - Indiana University School of Journalism | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
That was how Roy Peter Clark’s guest lecture started Thursday morning to J460 Story Mechanics students in the journalism annex. The Poynter Institute’s vice president, senior scholar and instructor was on campus this week to talk to visiting professor Tom French’s classes.

Punctuating his talk with riffs and a couple of complete songs on an electronic keyboard, Clark used music to introduce the day’s topic: the importance of getting one word in exactly the right place.
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7 Tips For Visual Storytelling

7 Tips For Visual Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
You’re not just a photographer; you capture a story with a visual image.
The better you are at seeing the story unfold before you snap the shutter, the better your final product will be. That’s where the true art form comes into play. Some photographers look beyond the quick image, and look for a way to put a lot of emotion into one image.
If you want to improve your photography, improve your storytelling first.
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HEALING: A FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY - STORIES CONNECT LOVE HEALS

HEALING: A FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY - STORIES CONNECT LOVE HEALS | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Wet and shivering, I stand at my father’s grave as the word “forever” washes over me. Memories are all that remain. There are precious few. In one of the earliest, I am about six years old. My father is a pediatric resident at the county hospital….
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O2 Stories – collaborative storytelling with Twitpic

O2 Stories – collaborative storytelling with Twitpic | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Last week NixonMcInnes launched O2 Stories. The project was inspired after I researched use of mobile phones and discovered that taking and sharing photos was (unsurprisingly) one of the most popular uses of the phone after using it for making calls. Further research with Google Adplanner indicated that visitors to http://o2.co.uk were twice as likely as the average UK web user to visit Flickr. Then I remembered my friend WhatWhat’s StartAStory projects, and so we decided that collaborative photo-based storytelling was the way to go.
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“I Challenge You To Tell A Great Story on Twitter” — Is It Possible? - SocialTimes.com

“I Challenge You To Tell A Great Story on Twitter” — Is It Possible? - SocialTimes.com | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
To find his answer, Sullivan turns to professional storyteller Anne Rutherford. Rutherford, a Portland native, says that the art of storytelling isn’t lost, only misplaced; she tells Sullivan that we, as humans, are hard-wired to respond to story, only we’re currently lacking the opportunities to be in situations where stories can be told: “Whatever [your] age, whatever [the] circumstance, if it’s a good story and it’s well told, [..] we have the ability to respond to that. However, what I think we’re losing is the opportunity to be in those situations.”
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Nathan Schultz's curator insight, November 25, 2015 11:50 PM

Twitter is a difficult medium to write stories for, given the 140 character limit.  The author of this post wanted to know if it was even possible to tell an effective story using Twitter.  Her research included an interview with a professor who's gag Twitter account (which he used to post several 140 character stories) managed to earn him a degree of local notoriety.

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Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa on deviantART

Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: [link] Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days.

This was my final project for my Visual Design 1 class. During critique, a student suggested this could be made into a dart-board game, but Hollywood could never be allowed to play. (TVTropes has a similar idea, but without the darts. [link])
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NeuroCooking: Heart, Head, Hand & Complexity

NeuroCooking: Heart, Head, Hand & Complexity | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
I’ve just started collaborating with Peace Over Violence and saw this fundraising video they did at the end of last year.

It was highly successful: 50% increase from the previous year's annual appeal; doubled the number of donors; and brought in 30% new donors, which they attribute to the viral nature of the video.

It’s a great example of applying my Heart, Head & Hand(TM) framework to video. Emotional connection followed by data (presented graphically, not to diminish or compete with the emotional resonance of the speakers), closing with a strong and compelling ask.
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Storytelling and Statistics at their finest

The software used on the video is Gapminder, and the presenter is Hans Rosling, one of the founders of the Gapminder Foundation. The video shows how statistics is applied in the real world.
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The Society for Storytelling

The Society for Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Tales of Things: object storytelling in the age of the internet
A new national research project encourages the public to tell stories about ordinary objects
“I used to have a car like that...” “I remember the first TV we ever had..”
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Langwitches Blog - More on Digital Storytelling: Green Screen

Langwitches Blog - More on Digital Storytelling: Green Screen | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
I can’t stop thinking about Digital Storytelling and its role in schools of the future. Digital Storytelling naturally weaves through so many 21st century upgrades to the curriculum. The importance of being able to tell a story, the skills to be able to tell a story digitally, is increasing...
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Share your story. Preserve family history. Get to know the ones you love. - Proust.com

Share your story. Preserve family history. Get to know the ones you love. - Proust.com | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Proust.com is a family website. Use Proust to share your story with family and friends. Use our questions inspired by Marcel Proust and the Proust Questionnaire to help you tell your story or ask them to family and friends. Preserve your family history in our online memorabilia box for you to store important photos, videos, historical documents, recipes, artwork, and more. And... Proust.com is free!
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Mirabilis - Year of Wonders: Is it a story about me?

Mirabilis - Year of Wonders: Is it a story about me? | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
A story begins with something we can relate to and takes us towards a place we aspire to be. From farm boy to Jedi Master – or Man of Steel. Those with zero imagination like stories where the hero stays exactly like them throughout, but those are rare. Most audiences are willing to make more of a leap to get into the character’s skin. Chances are plucky young Luke Skywalker was just a bit too much of a sap to be your hero of choice. Many found the bad-boy sneer and beat-up charm of Han Solo more to their taste. There was a hero in need of redemption. And more importantly he was cool.
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Storytelling and ‘The Social Brand’ - Jamie Wieck

Storytelling and ‘The Social Brand’ - Jamie Wieck | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
A short discussion on the emergence of storytelling and the evolution of ‘The Social Brand’.
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