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Storymaking: What Works

Alan Levine
November 04, 2014

Storymaking: What Works

"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), 50+ Web Ways to Tell a Story, ds106, 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

November 04, 2014
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  1. STORYMAKING: WHAT WORKS? ALAN LEVINE go.cogdog.it/storymaking-what-works

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

    TIME FOR AN INTERLUDE! ALREADY? WHATS AN INTERLUDE?
  9. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by mictlan74: http://flickr.com/photos/mictlan74/3374564653

  10. ! http://pechaflickr.net

  11. WHAT WORKS? CHARACTERS

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

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

  14. WHAT WORKS? THE HOOK

  15. LOST FLASH DRIVE - REMIXED THEN RETURNED http://youtu.be/IG1ZkW_u_Bw

  16. WHAT WORKS? ANTICIPATION

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  19. WHAT WORKS? SHOW DON’T TELL

  20. JAWS DINNER TABLE SCENE http://youtu.be/04mIMg4PTO8

  21. WHAT WORKS? JUXTAPOSITION

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

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

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

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

  26. 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
  27. TELLING ~= PERFORMING

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

  29. TELL ME A STORY

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

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

  32. THE LUMPY HILL

  33. THE CYCLE

  34. THE OBVIOUS

  35. WHAT WORKS? STORY SHAPE

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

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

  38. WHAT WORKS? OVERCOMING TENSION

  39. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL RECUT http://youtu.be/4t68fsBExnc

  40. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL FULL http://youtu.be/P1DOZhIshfg

  41. 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
  42. BACK OFF I’M A STORYTELLING SCIENTIST

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

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

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

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

    photo by cavale: http://flickr.com/photos/cavale/5619905303
  47. “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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  49. STORY OVER TOOLS creative commons licensed ( BY NC )

    flickr photo by kaje_yomama: http://flickr.com/photos/kajeyomama/4987968865/
  50. ! http://5card.cogdogblog.com/

  51. 50+ WEB WAYS TO TELL A STORY http://50ways.wikispaces.com

  52. ! http://ds106.us/

  53. ! cogdogblog.com/storybox

  54. WHAT WORKS? TELL ME