Digital Storytelling Wizard of 2010

One of the things I enjoy about Twitter is that it enables people with shared interests to meet up. During 2010, I’ve met several people who are passionate about digital storytelling just because I talk about the subject on Twitter.

Rami MalkawiOne of the most inspiring people I met this year was Jordanian researcher Rami Malkawi @RamiDST. He’s studying for his PhD at University of Glamorgan, Wales, under the auspices of Phil Davies  – @PhilWales – who’s probably already a familiar name if you’re interested in digital storytelling in education.

When I met Rami in October at the BBC canteen in Cardiff, he talked me through his plans. He’s testing a hypothesis that hearing stories is a good way to learn and to reflect upon learning, therefore, wouldn’t it be great if there were a wizzard-based way of facilitating the creation of these educational digital stories?

Rami says: “The wizard, which is integrated with the story seven elements and encapsulate them, does  not only provide technical guidance but more importantly it will direct and support the user in developing a Digital Story that meets the expectations and structure of what is considered to be appropriate.”

His target is the Further Education sector but such a tool could help other teachers equally. And because reflection can be enhanced, students themselves might make stories using the same wizard.

It’s great to hear of a PhD study which could result in something as practical as a way of making digital storytelling more universal, accessible and do-able. And this is all happening here in Wales. I wish Rami Malkawi all the best with this important piece of work.

Fun end-of-term digital storytelling activity

If you’re a teacher looking for something fun for the end of school term, this may be of interest. It’s a hand-drawn, very basic animation, storytelling form I’ve been experimenting with since 2003. The first one I made was called Tickling in response to a call for stories by BBC One Minute Movies.

If you’d like to make your own, here are my instructions. Let me know how you get along.

Tickling still

Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 8 December 2010.