• conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  inclusion,  japan,  media literacy,  mobile,  people,  story,  technology,  Wales

    DS8 digital storytelling conference review 2013

    Digital storytellers from as far afield as Japan to Norway and from Egypt to Canton gathered together in Cardiff on 14 June 2013 for the DS8 digital storytelling conference. The host, Karen Lewis, co-director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling thanked the sponsors – the Arts Council of Wales – welcomed everyone on behalf of DS Cymru and introduced the first guest speaker. (All speakers’ biographies are on the DS8 site) Personal factual participation & collaboration are themes running through Mandy Rose‘s Video Nation, Capture Wales and academic career. Speaking of her time with BBC Video Nation, she said: “I think the veto we gave Video Nation diarists to opt out of…

  • capturing assets,  education,  links,  media literacy,  mobile,  technology,  Wales

    Learn how to shoot for the web and edit video archive mashups

    Welsh media trainers Cyfle have two tantalising training courses which are open for registration now: 1. Archive Mashup Learn how to mix diverse archive video clips and sounds. A part-time course beginning 26 March 2012 2. Shooting for the web Learn how to plan, script, shoot, edit and upload footage specifically for the web and mobile devices. Using Sony EX3 cameras, the trainer is Simon Walker. A three-day course from 12-14 March 2012 For details of course fees, application and selection process, go to Cyfle’s website. The courses are held in Wales.

  • digital storytelling,  digitalstorytellingpod,  instruction,  technology,  Wales

    Digital Storytelling Pod Ep01-How to make a DS on iPad with Barrie Stephenson

    This is the first episode of a new monthly audio podcast for digital storytellers: Digital Storytelling Pod with Gareth Morlais. dspod-ep01.mp3 Barrie Stevenson of Digistories sums up his experiences of using iPad v2 to help people make digital stories. This interview was recorded in Aberystwyth, Wales, June 2011 when the version 2 of the iPad had not long been introduced in the UK. Shownotes: links Barrie Stephenson – http://digistories.co.uk. Links to Barrie’s other projects can be found on this site. DS6 – http://digstocymru.ning.com iPad – http://www.apple.com/ipad/ The next episode will feature Cheryl Colan. The audio is released under Creative Commons license: Digital Storytelling Pod Ep01 by Gareth Morlais is licensed…

  • digital storytelling,  museums,  technology,  Wales

    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 storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  story,  technology

    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…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  story,  technology

    Digital Storytellers from Italy and Jordan in Wales

    I shared my journey to the DS6 festival of digital storytelling, with Simona Bonini Baldini and Rami Malkawi. I’ll never forget the excitement in the car as we rounded the corner of Aberystwyth’s side streets and caught our first full-on view of the sea crashing onto the West Wales shore. A magic moment. As I promised in my last post in which I reviewed DS6, here’s some more information about their respective work in the digital storytelling field. Simona’s work in Umbria, Italy, links personal reminiscence of various locations with that Region’s extensive home movie archive. Simona was delighted to meet two other women from Italy who had made the…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  mobile,  museums,  story,  technology,  Wales

    DS6 digital storytelling conference review 2011

    For the UK’s digital storytellers, a trip to Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been something of an annual pilgrimage for some years now. DS6 took place on Friday 16 June 2011. In keeping with previous years, here’s my review of the day. First on the DS6 stage was Angeline Koh of Singapore-based Digital Storytelling Asia. I first became aware of the interest in digital storytelling in Singapore when I wrote this blog post entitled 6,000 Storytellers four years ago. I could tell from hearing Angeline speak just how much of an inspiration Denise Atchley – wife of the late Dana Atchley – had been. Angeline says digital storytelling is still quite…

  • digital storytelling,  technology,  Wales

    Hacio’r Iaith – hacking the Welsh language

    I spent Saturday in Aberystwyth at Hacio’r Iaith – the second annual Welsh-language code camp. Highlights included: A fantastic one-hour crash crowd-sourced creative session aimed at translating newly-out-of-copyright Welsh poet Gwilym Deudraeth’s work into multimedia, digital stories and more. This session was very  well facilitated by Carl Morris of NativeHQ. Here’s a summary of the work, including a ten second video based on Deudraeth’s englyn about Gandhi which took me twenty minutes to make and publish using Zoom H2, JayCut and YouTube. The announcement of a Welsh-language PhD scholarship at Aberystwyth University, researching local and hyper-local Welsh language multimedia for Golwg360. Meeting some enthusiastic people, including Telsa Gwynne, who translated…

  • digital storytelling,  media literacy,  technology

    Digital storytelling in the cloud

    The ideal solution for a touring digital storytelling project, using existing, available digilabs at community centres, libraries, schools, colleges, etc. would seem to be to use web-based editing applications. This would remove the need to install individual programs or to have carrier bags full of training handouts for different combinations of pre-installed software. I’ve been discussing this recently with Umbrian home movies specialist Simona Bonini Baldini, who’s just returned home to Italy after spending the summer with us at the BBC here in Wales.  Simona too liked the idea of editing in the cloud. One of her must-haves though was the ability to help digital storytellers to make broadcast-quality videos.…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  mobile,  story,  technology

    The best digital storytelling opportunity ever?

    Spanning the UK and Cape Town, University of Surrey Digital World Research Centre is advertising a Research Fellowship in Digital Storytelling. This could be the best digital storytelling opportunities I’ve ever heard of because: – you’ll get to model and produce digital story forms that are most suitable for the intended local audiences/producers/participants by working with ethnographers and technologists – you’ll work in the UK and Cape Town, along South Africa’s Wild Coast – you’ll benefit from work already done by the university’s StoryBank project in India – you’ll get to work with Prof David Frohlich, pioneer of Audiophotography and a former HP Labs Europe innovator – it’s a well-funded…