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    Seven articles about helping participants capture their story in digital storytelling

    The person who’s taught me more than anyone about helping people find their story is Gilly Adams. She was the main story facilitator of BBC Capture Wales and she shaped the Story Circle day so it was a close a fit as possible for the digital storyteller in Wales. At DS3  in 2008, Gilly spoke in her keynote of the gift culture of digital storytelling “…where no money changes hands but the currency is the generosity of grace in sharing stories”. The person who hears the story gains two benefits: 1. they get a unique glimpse into the heart of the teller 2. they can often say: “hey, that’s about…

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    Six steps to a sustainable digital storytelling project

    If you’re planning a digital storytelling project, and you want it to be a sustainable one, here are six steps to consider: 1. write an outline of the ethos your project will employ, encompassing: * fair dealing with contributors and participants, * contracting, * intellectual property and  third-party rights, * licensing-on the products your participants make, * capturing and storing consents by parents/guardians/carers of minors and vulnerable people, * diversity policy * disclosure policy * how to keep participants’ personal data safe, * etc. 2. write a summary of all your storyteller recruitment methods. The difficulty of this isn’t to be underestimated, as this was an element that turned out…

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

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    Four strategic questions to ask yourself when planning digital storytelling projects

    Asking yourself these four questions should help you when strategically planning digital storytelling projects: 1. how will you address consents? Privacy laws in the UK are more relaxed than in other countries like France. Setting laws to one side, ask yourself: if that was me/my child in that story, would I be happy? What will be the wording of your formal release form or contract which makes the storyteller’s consent explicit? 2. who will own the copyright of the finished stories and will exhibition licences be explicitly attached and will they be exclusive or non-exclusive licences? You can have the intellectual property resting with the storyteller, with a licence granted to…

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    Seven things to avoid when making a digital story

    1. Telling your story in a straight line 2. Fancy video effects 3. A less than perfect voice recording 4. Corny visual cliches 5. Nothing but show and tell 6.  Twee rhyming poetry 7.  Using other people’s stuff As you can see as you follow the links, I’m doing a little recycling here because the individual articles are reprised. But this is the first time I’ve laid these out as a Top 7 of digital storytelling tips. If you find this Top 7 useful, tell other people by linking to it, re-tweeting or pasting the address into your Facebook update. And happy digital storytelling. Thanks. Written and first published by…

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    PS for Teachers. New site mixes personal storytelling with active citizenship learning.

    I’ve written about BBC Cymru Wales’s PS site before. PS now has a brand new sister site for teachers.  As producer Nia M Davies says PS for Teachers is all about using personal stories to “engage young people aged 14-19 in Personal and Social Education.” It’s a bilingual site, in English and Welsh. Topics tackled include:  Active citizenship Health and emotional well-being Moral and spiritual development Preparing for lifelong learning Sustainable development and global citizenship There are personal videos to watch and show, lesson plans and an invitation for students to upload their own digital stories, video diaries and other experience-based videos.  Class discussion topics are suggested and there are…

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    How to squeeze digital storytelling advice into a little Tweet.

    I was asked a question on Twitter yesterday by @katycom1972: @digitalst Would like to explore digital storytelling with my 2nd graders. Any tips on getting started? We use a MAC/Imovie 9. Thx!  It’s incredibly difficult to fit any sensible advice into 140 characters. What I really wanted to say was: it’s the story that’s the most important bit of the process; if you get a good story, a great digital story is within reach working in an expertly-facilitated group or groups is a good way for individuals to bring out the best from their stories the facilitator needs to prescribe a form. This helps people know what they’re making. E.g.…

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    StoryWorks: Looking for the Story workshop

    Delivered on April 28, Pontypridd, Wales, by Gilly Adams and Georgie Meadows, who say: “To be effective practitioners and offer compassionate and good care, we need to be able to see each patient as a special and unique individual…Using pictures as our starting point, we will explore how we can be more aware of the stories of those who cannot tell their own.” The cost of this half day workshop is only £30 and there are details here. StoryWorks has a new website at http://www.storyworksglam.co.uk with mainly health-related digital stories about OCD, ADHD, cancer, etc. This organisation has also done work with explanatory storytelling. For example, they worked with the…

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    The ideal break-out space for your digital storytelling workshop

    People will be working intensively together, maybe over a longish period. This can become quite claustrophobic if there are no break-out spaces available. This space could just be a cafeteria, a foyer with seats or even an outside sitting area. It just needs to be somewhere for people to wander if they need some time alone or to take a break from the digital storytelling production. This has been the fourth and final episode in a mini-series 🙂 of articles on www.aberth.com/blog about the ideal spaces for your digital storytelling workshop.