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Whiteboard Animations – Great Method to Explain Concepts I’m a huge fan of whiteboards and an even bigger fan of using whiteboards to make concepts accessible and clear. I saw today on both Robert Scoble’s and Brad Feld’s blogs a video explaining incentives using whiteboard animations. RSA Animate is a series of videos that you can find on YouTube that take various subjects and show a video of someone drawing out the concepts on a whiteboard while the author narrates. In the video below, you’ll hear Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, talk about why money isn’t a great motivator for cognitive tasks. While you hear him explain the science and studies behind the argument for 11.5 minutes, an artist is whiteboarding everything he says in a clear manner. Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it.

How To Tell Better Stories: 10 Profound Lessons From The Future Of Storytelling Conference How To Tell Better Stories: 10 Profound Lessons From The Future Of Storytelling Conference October 5, 2012 | 2 Comments Walking off the ferry into Snug Harbor on Staten Island, there was a big motorcade of cars and police standing there. Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website There are many pages on my main website, and they have nearly 8,000 categorized links appropriate for English Language Learners. The best place to start exploring is the Main English Page. You can read an overview about each section of my website on the Teacher’s Page. This page also has many links specifically useful to teachers. You can also go directly to each page of my website: English For Beginners and Early Intermediate

25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling 1. Stories Have Power Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories. Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. They help us understand ourselves and those near to us. Digital Agenda for Europe: key initiatives Brussels, 19 May 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe: key initiatives (see also IP/10/581 and MEMO/10/199) Why a Digital Agenda for Europe? Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age by Maria Popova We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive. Where is the meaning?

First 5 things that brought me closer to transmedia guru Jeff Gomez The shortest distance between two people is a story This is a two-part post written by Mitesh Solanki – the last five things (that brought me closer to Jeff Gomez) will feature in part two. (Image courtesy of Brad Trent, NY) Not so recently, in August of 2011, I attended X Media Labs’ Jeff Gomez Transmedia Masterclass.

Clockwork Watch: Creating Interactive Narrative Click any image to enlarge I’m often asked what the interactive theatrical experience Clockwork Watch is, and the answer changes with each stage of the production. The underlying objective, though, is to create a fictional Victorian universe and tell a story where the narrative is delivered through live events, graphic novels, role-play, online news sites, and a feature film, all co-authored by the audience, through their interactions with our make-believe world over the next five years. Our story runs across several artforms, and culminates in a movie that we hope the audience would want to see, because many of them would have contributed to the project. The original idea for project came from Seductive Alchemy – a New Year’s Eve steampunk party I co-produced in London (2007), where on more than one occasion I was the only black person at the event.

Using Teachers Pet This is a step by step guide on how to use Teacher’s Pet, a fantastic toolbar for Microsoft Word or Open Office which cleverly uses macros to create language learning exercises in a matter of clicks. A wonderful timesaver for busy teachers, Teacher’s Pet is ideal for preparing paper worksheets instantly or for using on the interactive whiteboard as a starter or plenary. By simply highlighting some text and clicking one of the exercise types on the toolbar’s dropdown menu, you can produce activities which practice vocabulary revision, grammar, reading comprehension, spelling and dictionary skills. Kids and digital storytelling: Who will teach them? As a former statistics major, I know that no one should read too much into a single example. But watching my 10-year-old son embrace video production is challenging some of my beliefs about the timing and content of journalism education. But it’s not just my son. For many of his elementary school classmates, producing and distributing video has become as ubiquitous as writing and passing paper notes was to students of my generation. I’ve seen kids whip out Flip cameras and cellphones at school events and around the neighborhood, recording their conversations, performances and play. Don’t mistake this as the activity of a privileged few.

The Transmedia Approach Integration is chaos. With so many agency / channel specialists – clients waste a ton of money paying for redundancies in their big agency fees. Furthermore, when Kellogg wrote the textbook on marketing integration years ago, I know that what they describe in their scenario planning was not what marketers are attempting to pass off as an integrated marketing plan.