• audio,  digital storytelling,  mobile,  story,  Wales

    Digital Storytelling as a marketing tool

    This post is about how audio storytelling has been used to publicise a radio play. On Friday, I attended an industry screening by Cyfle’s Digital Delta multiplatform writers. Cyfle began as a training organisation for TV in Wales and – starting with its landmark Dimension 10 course – it has diversified into digital multiplatform too. The project that most caught my eye was an audio digital story project called A Shoebox of Snow. AudioBoo was used as the publication platform and the brief to participants was: “what do you keep hold of in your home because of the stories that are attached to it?” The concept’s sponsor was Justine Potter…

  • 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,  DS Cymru,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  people,  Wales

    Daniel Meadows – early photographic works (video)

    Many readers of this blog will be familiar with the work of Daniel Meadows. He was founder and creative director of BBC Capture Wales and teaches digital storytelling module at Cardiff University. Before this, he was a well-known documentary photographer. There are retrospective views of his work coming soon: 1. in the form of a new book called “Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s” by Val Williams. Published by Photoworks. 2. in an exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford, called “Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works” curated by Val Williams. It runs from 30th September 2011 – 19th February 2012. Daniel has just published a video setting…

  • empowerment,  inclusion,  Wales

    Stories from the Sole at the Eisteddfod

    I’ve been working at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham all this week and there have been some nice digital inclusion stories here that I’ve come across… Age Cymru have been doing some great work in encouraging older people who aren’t currently using computers or the internet to get an idea of how digital tools might be able to enhance their lives. Merched y Wawr – a Welsh women’s organisation – had the fantastic idea of raising money by auctioning famous women’s shoes. They called the campaign Sodlau’n Siarad / Stories from the Sole. The lovely touch was the story the auctioneers told about each pair. At the auction last night…

  • 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.

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  people,  story,  Wales

    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…

  • 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,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  story,  Wales

    Intergenerational School Report

    Students at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe, Swansea, were active in the recent BBC School Report project. Nia Davies and Beccy Leach from BBC Cymru Wales went to help the students. Here’s one of the films which is a great example of the way in which older people in the school’s community can work with school students to produce a piece of media. This is an embed of their video in Silverlight format: Cynllun Rhyng-genhedlaeth