I am sidestepping some of my own blog advice by blogging something that’s not fully ready for prime time. Among my frantic evening time prep work for my October Australia tour, I am starting to weave together workshop / presentation materials I’ll likely leak here first to get some feedback.
What seemed like an off the cuff idea, and mostly because I just liked the title, I am working on a workshop activity called “There Must be 50 Web2.0 Ways to Tell a Story” – the premise being to introduce participants to at least 50 sites that allow them to assemble at least two kinds media as a story and republish it to other web sites. About a week or so of digging around got me at least 54 candidates.
So for those missing the musical allusion here, it is a nod to the elegant lyrics of Paul Simon, re-purposed here as
The story is all inside your head
She said to me
The answer is easy if you
Go on the web and see
I’d like to help you in your struggle
To be free
There must be fifty web 2.0 ways
To tell a story
Most of my presentations stat with what I think is a clever title. The content somehow catches up later.
So I am in the middle of building the wiki pages that provide a brief intro to each tool, 2 examples of something produced with the tool. The main rule is all content must be original or stuff found, and credited to, creative commons licensed sources.
But I thought I should walk the presentation, and see if I could build thr same story 50 times over. Looney! So I am taking one I submitted a few years ago for the 60 second story contest as it was made from images and audio (the original was published in QuickTime, but I am backing out the media to assemble 50x). The original video is hanging out on the long tail of YouTube, and is of course, a story about a dog, Dominoe.
And now, in honor of the creativity of Barbara Ganley, who ventured out a beautiful experiment in telling a story in images and text via slideshare. So here is Dominoe, recast into slideshare (mixed images and text in Powerpoint to get there):
But Barbara is gone hiking in the Canadian Rockies for 10 days, so now I have a long wait to see what she thinks. Maybe by then I will have all 50 done… or I will be so sick of this I will be out on a ledge.
Once I have the 50 posted, I’ll ask my readers to take a look, suggest examples or ways to make the activity more clear.
PS – Holy irony. The day after writing this, my wife reminded me that today was the anniversary of Dominoe’s passing away in 1993 (it’s an old story- all the photos are scanned 35mm print photos).