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Alan Levine
October 01, 2014


"Storytelling" is a long time resident of the charts of educational ideas. As a topic of workshops and presentations (I've done plenty), books (none for me), TED Talks (definitely not), the word to me conjures up the idea of performance. Plus my own internal conversation-- "I'm not a storyteller". Peel away the connotations of campfires, cave drawings, and performers on a stage, the elements of storythinking are much more important to me than the show. A hook of interest, the shape of a narrative, a character to care about, suspension of belief, using less, media metaphors are story techniques that you can integrate into your work as educators. While technology provides plenty of tools to tell stories, more compelling is what they afford us to practice and develop our own skills of making and incorporating story not only into teaching, but many forms of expression. I will share my own experiments in improvisation (pechaflickr), visual storytelling (Five Card Flickr Stories), and a digital time capsule (the StoryBox)-- not as magic answers but perhaps a way of thinking about story elements beyond the performance aspect

Alan Levine

October 01, 2014

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    room. There was a knock at the door. "KNOCK" BY FREDERICK BROWN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_(short_story)
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     middle  of  a  story  it  isn't  a   story  at  all,  but  only  a  confusion;  a  dark  roaring,  a   blindness,  a  wreckage  of  shattered  glass  and   splintered  wood;  like  a  house  in  a  whirlwind,  or   else  a  boat  crushed  by  the  icebergs  or  swept  over   the  rapids,  and  all  aboard  powerless  to  stop  it.  It's   only  afterwards  that  it  becomes  anything  like  a   story  at  all.  When  you  are  telling  it,  to  yourself  or   to  someone  else.”   —  Margaret  Atwood,  Alias  Grace
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    g-mikee: http://flickr.com/photos/g-mikee/5202927662/
  6. http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/ “Be  a  sadist.  No  matter  how  sweet   and

     innocent  your  leading   characters,  make  awful  things   happen  to  them  —  in  order  that  the   reader  may  see  what  they  are  made   of.”   —Kurt  Vonnegut
  7. "When it's a simple as two things: arouse and fulfill.

    You need to first arouse your audience and then get them interested in what you have to say; then you need to fulfill their expectations"
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  10. “JIMI, IT’S JUST A GUITAR” creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr

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    flickr photo by kaje_yomama: http://flickr.com/photos/kajeyomama/4987968865/