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Storymaking

876d6751f72fd4787ae953bb097af902?s=47 Alan Levine
October 01, 2014

 Storymaking

"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

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Alan Levine

October 01, 2014
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  1. STORYTHINKING > STORYMAKING > STORYTELLING ALAN LEVINE go.cogdog.it/sharefest14-storymaking

  2. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by pasukaru76: http://flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/3694736727/

  3. WHAT WORKS? THE OPENING

  4. ONCE UPON A TIME...

  5. None
  6. The last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room.
  7. The Last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room. There was a knock at the door. "KNOCK" BY FREDERICK BROWN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_(short_story)
  8. WHAT WORKS? CHARACTERS

  9. A TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/9zf0dqzTUPk

  10. ANOTHER TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/Lmf0F7JxxXE

  11. WHAT WORKS? JUXTAPOSITION

  12. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by kevindooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2172001078/

  13. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by

    chuck_heston: http://flickr.com/photos/chuckheston/383386494/
  14. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by

    Pay No Mind: http://flickr.com/photos/paynomind/65010034/
  15. WHAT MAKES A STORY?

  16. STORIES WE TELL TRAILER HTTP://YOUTU.BE/YTQ4VZ2NYXG “When  you  are  in  the

     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
  17. TELLING ~= PERFORMING

  18. creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by cogdogblog: http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/11023534043

  19. TELL ME A STORY

  20. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by

    g-mikee: http://flickr.com/photos/g-mikee/5202927662/
  21. THE PYRAMID

  22. THE LUMPY HILL

  23. THE CYCLE

  24. THE OBVIOUS

  25. WHAT WORKS? STORY SHAPE

  26. KURT VONNEGUT "THE SHAPE OF STORIES" http://youtu.be/oP3c1h8v2ZQ

  27. The Story Spine by Kenn Adams http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/06/05/back-to-the-story-spine/

  28. WHAT WORKS? OVERCOMING TENSION

  29. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL RECUT http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/

  30. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL FULL http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/

  31. 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
  32. BACK OFF “I’M A SCIENTIST”

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  34. Movies Grab Our Attention

  35. Communicate & Grab Attention? http://youtu.be/9_LLj4_3ZRA

  36. http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Be-Such-Scientist-Substance/dp/1597265632

  37. "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"
  38. http://www.youtube.com/minutephysics

  39. http://www.storyofstuff.org

  40. http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=10387 http://threeacts.mrmeyer.com/

  41. WHAT WORKS? THE “SO WHAT?”

  42. TECHNOLOGY IS JUST A TOOL creative commons licensed (BY) flickr

    photo by katerha: http://flickr.com/photos/katerha/5746905652
  43. “CLAUDE, IT’S JUST A PAINTBRUSH” creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr

    photo by cavale: http://flickr.com/photos/cavale/5619905303
  44. “JIMI, IT’S JUST A GUITAR” creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr

    photo by wiserbailey: http://flickr.com/photos/25084516@N03/5331538409
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  46. STORY OVER TOOLS creative commons licensed ( BY NC )

    flickr photo by kaje_yomama: http://flickr.com/photos/kajeyomama/4987968865/
  47. ! cogdogblog.com/storybox