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50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story

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Hi I am Alan Levine. Welcome to this overview of 50+ Web 2.0 ways to tell a story. This video has been created about, and with the tools that are part of this web site and workshop. How it came to be is itself a story. A lot of people say nice things about the web site, But they usually focus on the list of tools. Let me be clear, that while the tools are shiny and cool, this is more about the craft of telling stories, not the tools. And with these kinds of creative ways to express ourselves on the web, we can do things not possible in other forms. (arms to welcome all who call this place home. Supremely adapted for desert conditions). Like here, we have a YouTube clip, right in Glogster. And we can also click on the picture and go to a website about cacti. We can be non-linear. We can be silly. We can be really silly. (Johnny told me.... Wow, you are a big dog. Wow, you are a big dog. Wow, you are a big dog.) We can be soaked in media. We can connect to social media sites. And we can make it a shared, collaborative experience. So, exactly what is storytelling? And It's not just entertainment (although it is entertaining). INo, really it's the foundation for all effective and persuasive communications. If you need to relay information, You can write reports and send emails. But if you want to motivate... or inspire... persuade... stand out... be different... move people- then tell a story, But don't spray them with bullet points. And it just seems like, as humans, we seem to be wired to react, to listen, but also to create, to tell, and to share stories of all kinds. A story could be a recap of a trip or a vacation. A story might be a guide on how to do or fix something. A story might be a presentation- sharing about the work we do. Or talking about a project, something that we've created. A story might honor an influential person in our lives (Hi Mom!) This workshop has a simple 3 part process. First we're going to start with some prompts, some suggestions, so we can get inspired, and really, we are going to come up with an outline for our story. Second, we locate media we can use in the story (or we can just make it ourselves) And third, and only third, yeah, we get to pick up a tool. This workshop was first developed for a group of educators I visited in Australia, back in 2007. Before this workshop, I had been noticing a large number of websites, free to use, where one could combine images, text, video to create something that could be shared on the web as a story. And I wondered- yeah. I really wondereed a lot, just How many of these might there be out there? And at the same time, I was getting ready to go to Australia. I was watching TV one night and on PBS, the Library of Congress was honoring Paul Simon. And Simon performed a live concert. When he played the song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” a thought hit me, I wondered if there are 50 such web-based tools that one could use to create a multimedia story? And you know, I never thought I would really find 50. But I would give it my best shot. But you know I did. And then I found more. When I started planning a workshop on how to introduce teachers to some of these tools, I realized I would have to know how to use them all. And the best way to do that would be to create something in each one of those tools. But what to do? You know, then I got this idea to tell the same story about my dog Dominoe that I had done in this video. I had done this 60 second video contest, and I had produced this story about my dog, my Dalmatian, Dominoe.... And the story really was about a dog, how she was found, and then lost, and found again (but really, you know, she found me). And then I had the crazy idea to tell the SAME story in all the tools. I had all the pieces- I had images, I had audio, I could find and make some video to go with the story. Yup So each tool had its description, the Dominoe story, and examples that other people had created with the tool. The newest version of the 50 Ways site is organized to help you pick a tool by the kind of published form it produces (slideshow, or video, etc) or, you can browse the tools organized by the kind of media it can use. The point, what's the point? Well, the point is not to find the best miracle tool that can do anything, but, really the point is to practice your craft of making a story and generating it in new ways. Maybe even... 50 ways. And boink! Popping up in the augmented reality tool Zooburst, I just want to say that these tools won't do everything you need. And they probably can behave, erratically in unexpected ways. They might disappear on you, but they are free-- you know, you get what you pay for. But what they do, is they really open doors for us, to grow in our creativity, to try things,to sometimes work creatively within limited tool sets, which is quite a powerful exercise And hopefully more people will try their hands at being creative. And that, just cannot help but be a good thing for us all. So here is the real question... what story will you tell? Give these tools a try. And you may be surprised at what happens.

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Duration: 9 minutes and 36 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Alan Levine
Director: Alan Levine
Views: 137
Posted by: cogdog on May 26, 2011

This video provides an overview of the web-based storytelling workshop/presentation I have done since 2007 for the resource at

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