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Bear finds a voice. 20 Creative Ways to Use Social Media for Storytelling. Storytelling has always played a part in successful marketing. Stories enable us to build personality and create a connection with consumers. But can we actually tell a story on social media? Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet?

It turns out there are many ways to use social media for storytelling! In this post, I’d love to share 20 actionable ways to use social media for storytelling. Ready to dive in? Navigating this article To make it easier to navigate this article, the 20 ideas are grouped according to the various social media platforms. Let’s go! Facebook 1. National Public Radio (NPR) studied over 3,000 of their Facebook link posts and found that shorter posts (those under 120 characters) had higher click-through rates than longer posts (those above 280 characters). Longer posts had more “Other Clicks” such as clicks to “See More”, which appears on long Facebook posts. An idea to try: 2. 3. An idea to try: 4. 5. Instagram 6. 7. Digital Storytelling | Creative Educator. Timeline.


Apps and tools. Digital Storytelling: What it is… And… What it is NOT. I was lucky to have shared my childhood bedroom for a few years with my grandmother, when she had come to live with us after an illness. At bedtime, she would tell me stories of her parents and three brothers and growing up in East Prussia, fleeing to the West after WW2 and the things that occupied her mind.

I was hooked on storytelling. The fascination grew when technology became available and opened up possibilities that were just not possible before. I would give anything to have been able to record my grandmother’s stories and have shared them with my own children years later. Humans are natural storytellers. Maybe as part of a natural process, we tend to stick first to the familiar and “substitute” our task (see Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model). Over the years, I have seen in classrooms and created myself many stories, that are: Examples: Examples: Christopher Columbus creates 21st Century ExplorersListening, Comprehension Podcast Example: Collaborative Storybook: Florida Explorers. Using the digital to bring out the human – FutureWe. On 6 May 2018 (7 May in Australia), around 100 educators from 5 continents, 12 countries, came together via YouTube and Google Hangouts — and changed professional development forever.

#MADPD (Make A Difference) is the brainchild of two extraordinary Canadian teachers, Peter Cameron and Derek Rhodenizer, who brought this virtual unconference event to fruition by frenzied networking in Real Life and on social media, particularly Twitter. Though the majority of presenters were Canadian (#MADPD trended on Canadian Twitter for the entire day, earning around two million impressions), there were presentations from the USA, the UK, Ireland, Israel, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand — a truly global event, proving once again that education does not recognise boundaries.

Fellow Future-U community member Dr Elizabeth Heck and I were fortunate to secure a space for an hour-long panel, exploring a topic that is dear to both of us: digital storytelling. Unleash Your Students’ Voices: Digital Storytelling – Brave In The Attempt. You can also check out the post on using The Power of Storytelling. As I’ve said, regardless of age, ability, or language, everybody has something to say. Previously I discussed why storytelling is one of the most persuasive and powerful tools there is, what happens in the brain when stories are told, and how to use it effectively with your students. The struggle comes when students encounter frustration somewhere between embodying their story and trying to express it in the manner the teacher dictates. This can often be resolved if the teacher broadens their perspective in how stories can be created to include more than just words jotted onto notebook paper. There are a few basic strategies you can adopt depending on the needs and the severity of a student’s challenges.

Consider various levels of accessible technology. That might mean typing instead of writing or text to speech or even more advanced systems. Adapted Books Vs. The History of the Digital Story Digital Storytelling Tools. The Evolution of Digital Story Telling | Richard Campbell | TEDxYouth@BIFS. Digital Storytelling. Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling. 10 Powerful Visual Storytelling Techniques to Remember. The art of storytelling is as old as the human race itself. Our earliest forms of communication were deeply visual in nature.

Even up today, that hasn’t changed. In fact, if anything, having a mastery of visual storytelling techniques has become more important than ever. The success of our marketing, advertising, and much of our digital entertainment relies on a solid understanding of such skills. It’s the reason why Samantha Lile has shared a list of 10 visual storytelling techniques in this article from the blog on Visme. If you’ve never heard of Visme, it’s is an online tool for creating top-notch and visually rich infographics and presentations. Samantha’s 10 visual storytelling techniques are discussed with digital marketers in mind. These best practices for storytelling with visual flair speak to a growing trend in the patterns of digital information we consume every day. All one needs to do is look at social media growth to confirm this trend. Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum | Creative Educator. Find content’s deeper meaning “By telling thoughtful stories, we clarify our own thinking about what we have learned to share with others in a profound way that sticks with us over time.”

—Annette Simmons, The Story Factor In an age of mathematical, logical, and scientific thinking, storytelling is often considered appropriate only for language arts projects for young learners. However, in today’s information-loaded world, storytelling is being rediscovered as an effective tool for helping us make sense of this data barrage. The digital storytelling process helps us transform isolated facts into illuminated, enduring understandings. Storytelling Builds 21st-Century Skills Creating digital stories provides us with important opportunities to practice and master a number of specific 21st-century skills, content, and technology standards (NETS). Building 21st-Century Skills The final narrative script is next recorded as a voiceover for the story. Storytelling enables innovation and creativity. The Art of Digital Storytelling | Creative Educator. Become a 21st Century StoryKeeper™ “Tell your tales; make them true. If they endure, so will you.” —James Keller Gather round those roaring campfires, picnic tables, or even a fondue pot, because the ancient art of storytelling is being revived into an emerging communication mode called digital storytelling.

Stories are as old as people and are more important than ever for our spirits, minds, and human progress. Becoming good storytellers gives us personal power as we guide, motivate, entertain, educate, inspire, and influence others through the artful use of story. Designing and communicating information requires students to deepen their understanding of content while increasing visual, sound, oral language, creativity, and thinking skills. Telling stories together about things that really matter has an extraordinary effect on people. Take Six: Elements of Good Storytelling To help increase the quality of student stories, I developed Take Six: Elements of Digital Storytelling. Get More. Cybrary Man's Digital Storytelling collection. Teenage reading and Tumblr - Adele Walsh - ABC Splash - Reading has always been seen as a solitary pursuit but with the emergence of the Internet this is changing. This more than applies to teenagers who spend a good proportion of their day online.

How can online communities be used to augment reading? One word. Tumblr. Tumblr could be kindly referred to as the internet's big black hole of teen fandom delight. Like the popular social networking platforms of Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr's popularity exists in its ability to encapsulate intention with one quick post; readers can then like, reblog or comment on posts. While Tumblr isn't necessarily a place to find reading recommendations, some bookworms are using the platform to spread their love of reading in different ways. The Underground New York Public Library Created a few years ago by Ourit Ben-Haim, this Tumblr blog features photos of people actively engaged in their reading throughout New York's subway system. The Reblog Book Club The reading is important but the participation is crucial. Transmedia Storytelling. Transmedia storytelling occurs when integral elements of a particular narrative are dispersed across multiple delivery channels using multiple media for the purpose of creating an integrated and coordinated storytelling experience.

This is also sometimes referred to as transmedia narrative or storytelling across multiple platforms. Convergence of new & old media As evidenced by Henry Jenkins in Convergence Culture, we’re at the intersection of new and old media, and this collision has implications for convergence culture in education. This includes a relationship between media convergence, participatory culture, and collective intelligence. Henry talks a bit more about participatory culture in the TedxNYED talk (17:46) below. Utilizing new and digital tools, everyone has the ability to create and share media. If Convergence Culture details the future, transmedia storytelling identifies ways to make this happen now. Transmedia storytelling and engagement. Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling. 8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling – Transform Learning ~ written by Samantha Morra. First appeared on Edudemic. (Updated 3/14/2014) Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate.

Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version of the age-old art of storytelling with a twist: digital tools now make it possible for anyone to create a story and share it with the world. WHY Digital Storytelling? Digital stories push students to become creators of content, rather than just consumers.

Movies, created over a century ago, represent the beginning of digital storytelling. 8 Steps to Great Digital Stories Great digital stories: Are personalBegin with the story/scriptAre conciseUse readily-available source materialsInclude universal story elementsInvolve collaboration at a variety of levels 1. All stories begin with an idea, and digital stories are no different. Resources 2. 3. Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction. Consider Twitter Fiction | The Review Review. Twitter Fiction Reveals The Power Of Very, Very Short Stories. “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” So goes Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word story, which, in spite of being perfectly compact, manages to paint a complete picture of thwarted desire and elicit strong feelings from the reader (unless said reader is heartless). It would’ve been the perfect candidate for this year’s #TwitterFiction Festival, where writers such as Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng will practice crafting very brief tales online, beginning on May 11.

What makes a Twitter story different from an ordinary tweet? Author Robert Swartwood, who edited an anthology of “hint fiction,” or stories weighing in at 25 words or fewer, is a champion of tweet-length works. So, brevity isn’t the only qualifier for a narrative told online. Anna North, author of The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, will be offering both previously published flash fiction stories and crowd-sourced works. Jennifer Egan’s short story “Black Box” ticks each of these boxes.

Also on HuffPost: Novelist David Mitchell publishes new short story on Twitter | Books. David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, this morning turns to the "diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjacket" of Twitter for the first time to tell a new short story, The Right Sort. Mitchell will unveil his tale, about a boy tripping on his mother's Valium pills, in Twitter's 140-character bursts for the next seven days. He follows in the footsteps of authors from Jennifer Egan to Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, who have also experimented with the social media medium; there is even a Twitter fiction festival.

The novelist has set up a new Twitter account, @david_mitchell, for the story; his previous account has only previously been used to release information about his books and appearances. But Mitchell said that "once the idea that I could use Twitter as a storytelling medium bit me, it wouldn't leave me alone". "The story is being narrated in the present tense by a boy tripping on his mother's Valium pills. The first tweet, which went out at 7am on Monday, was: