Displaying digital stories

If you’re looking for ways of displaying your project’s digital stories, here are two examples to consider. I’m working for the BBC at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru in Wrexham this week and in the BBC Cymru Wales ‘cube’ tent on the maes (Eisteddfod field) there are two video displays that may be of interest to digital storytellers. .

1. Casgliad y Werin – The People’s Collection – a kiosk showing videos and artefacts.

2. Clip Cymru touchscreen for viewing video clips. This uses touch technology developed for explaining ongoing Election results.

Digital Stories may be ideal for Welsh TV channel S4C

This sounds like an interesting opportunity for someone who wants to pitch an idea for a series of Welsh-language digital stories to S4C. It’s from the Content section of S4C’s Vision for 2012 and Beyond (PDF).

“We will establish a new brand, Calon Cenedl (heart of the nation), a series of short programmes approximately three-minutes long to be broadcast at 20.25. The content will offer us the opportunity to exhibit the full range of Welsh life in a series of portrayals about areas, communities and people. This new brand can be extended to include half-hour programmes at other times during peak hours when the editorial strength of the idea merits it.”

Rami Malkawi needs people to make a digital story with his new prototype

Rami Malkawi is a Jordanian University of Glamorgan PhD researcher and he needs our help to try out his new wizard-based digital storytelling prototype for learning.

The tool works on most computers that can have Adobe Air and Flash installed and is a step-by-step digital storytelling ‘machine’.

The 30MB executable file is available from this SpeedyShare link or by clicking the link at the bottom of the first post of Rami’s blog.

The tool’s wizard guides users through the Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling in a user-friendly way. Camtasia screen-capture software has been used to publish additional video tutorials on the blog. These guide users through the steps needed to make a digital story with this tool.

Rami’s now at the test/refine stage and I know he’d really appreciate hearing back from people who download and make a story with the tool. You can use the Comments form on Rami’s blog to do this. These comments and the stories made with the tool may form part of the evidence for his PhD Thesis.

In Wales, Communities 2.0 GEECs are among the testers; I’m looking forward to making a story with the tool; in Jordan, Rami’s conducting face-to-face trials right now.

All Rami needs now is for people around the world to download, make a story with the tool and give feedback. If you make a story, please send me a link too so I can highlight some here.

Rami’s project blog.
More about Rami on this blog.

Culture Shock! museums and galleries digital storytelling conference 29 Sept 2011

It’s always a treat to hear about a brand new digital storytelling conference. And here’s some news of a new one one this autumn in the north-east of England.

Culture Shock! is one of the biggest digital storytelling projects in the world. At the time of writing they’ve published 560 stories on their website and they’re holding a major conference at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Thursday 29 September 2011 – Culture Shock! 2011.

The conference programme looks really interesting: Alex Henry, project co-ordinator at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, talks about the Culture Shock! project itself; Barrie Stephenson of Digistories answers the question ‘What is digital storytelling?’; and there are sessions called ‘Digital Storytelling – why bother?’ and ‘Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy’.

Breakout sessions include ones about exploring hidden histories through digital storytelling; using the story circle to engage participants in the process; using the form to support lifelong learning; and the ethics of digital storytelling.

Registration is open now. Tickets cost £50 which includes refreshments and lunch.

Read more stories about Culture Shock! on this blog…

Culture Shock! 2011 flyer

Cheryl Colan – Trust Your Story

It’s thanks to Twitter that I met Cheryl Colan. I’d been following her tweets about #digitalstorytelling for a couple of years via @cherylcolan
When I heard she was coming to teach digital storytelling in the UK with Study Abroad Britain, I invited her to Cardiff.

I was impressed by Cheryl’s commitment to and love of digital stories. Here’s an audio clip of Cheryl describing a digital storytelling trip to Australia and New Zealand:

Cheryl Colan (mp3)

I recorded more audio with Cheryl. In the future, I’ll share a clip of Cheryl’s philosophy regarding seeking storytellers’ consents. I like her approach because it’s a beautifully nuanced one.

Cheryl often travels with her mother Donna. I thought they were more like two best friends than daughter and mother:

Donna Warner and Cheryl Colan
Donna Warner and Cheryl Colan

Here’s a field notebook Cheryl made to give her students. It’s bound together with a rubber bracelet imprinted with Cheryl’s personal motto: “Trust Your Story”. Now that’s a sentiment we can all agree with:

Trust Your Story - Cheryl Colan's Digital Storytelling Field Notebook
Trust Your Story - Cheryl Colan's Digital Storytelling Field Notebook is packed full of goodies