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50 Web 2.0 Ways: The Slidecast

Ugh, will this one ever end? I decided to create an audio narrated slidecast of my 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story, using the audio I recorded when I did the presentation at the 2007 NMC Regional Conference at Tulane. It took a bit more time, as I had to grab screenshots, stuff them into a PowerPoint, add the links, upload to slideshare, and THEN do the synchronization.

There are a few places I missed the screens so I am talking about some things you cannot see, but worse! What a major “umm” fest this was! Ca I plead fatigue? I think it might be “49,000 Ummm Web 2.o Ways…”

But here it is for your viewing torture. Man, do I like Slideshare!

Okay, if you use my materials (and I hope you do)- please go to but please, please, do not request to join this wiki! It is mine! See the reason why on the wiki entrance. Not all wikis are shared space.

And if you do any work with this stuff, please use the discussion tabs to leave URLs for the stories produced so I can add to the examples list.

There must be 50 ways…..

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Alan, you are too hard on yourself. I consider your ’50 Ways to tell a story’ as a truly significant project and one which I have been evangelical about in talks and chats since you first posted it. The very idea is a stroke of genius and I’m proud to be one of the early cohort of people to have seen it.

  2. Alan. I watched your entire Slidecast as soon as you posted it. (I follow you on Twitter). I’m a big fan of Slidecast, and I think all of us should be sharing more of our presentations this way. I did find it helpful, though, to watch the Slidecast directly from Slideshare because it was much better for me in the full-screen version.

    Your work on digital storytelling is an inspiration to me. I refer folks to your wiki regularly. I’m an educator who sees digital storytelling as a positive way forward for the countless learners in our classrooms who are not so good at representing what they know with words alone. We have far too many otherwise smart students who feel like failures in school because writing is not their strong suit.

    I’ve had some great experience with reluctant writers who are incredibly enthusiastic about digital storytelling alternatives. The motivational aspect of putting stuff up on the web simply cannot be overstated. My experience supports your suggestion that VoiceThread is probably the best choice out there today. Have you had a chance to check out the wonderful VoiceThread example that Jeff Utecht put up from an art class yesterday? (

    Of course, our students would be way more engaged in the learning endeavor if more teachers used digital storytelling more to present material!

    Thanks again, Alan. Your work is making a difference, and the ripples just keep expanding outward.

  3. Great list of apps Alan, and great presentation too.
    One other tool I played around with was Mojito, which allows you to annotate YouTube videos that’ve been posted by other people.
    Like the cartoon tools… trying to think of ways I can put those to use myself!

  4. Brill as always Al

    A man walks down the street,
    He says, Why am I soft in the middle now?
    Why am I soft in the middle?
    The rest of my life is so hard!
    I need a photo-opportunity,
    I want a shot at redemption!
    Don’t want to end up a cartoon,
    In a cartoon graveyard …..

    Bonedigger, Bonedigger,
    Dogs in the moonlight.
    Far away, my well-lit door.
    Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly,
    Get these mutts away from me!
    You know, I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore ….

    If you’ll be my bodyguard,
    I can be your long lost pal!
    I can call you Betty,
    And Betty, when you call me,
    You can call me Al!

    A man walks down the street,
    He says, Why am I short of attention?
    Got a short little span of attention,
    And whoa, my nights are so long!
    Where’s my wife and family?
    What if I die here?
    Who’ll be my role-model?
    Now that my role-model is ….
    Gone …… gone,
    He ducked back down the alley,
    With some roly-poly, little bat-faced girl.
    All along …. along ….
    There were incidents and accidents,
    There were hints and allegations …..

    If you’ll be my bodyguard,
    I can be your long lost pal!
    I can call you Betty,
    And Betty, when you call me,
    You can call me Al!
    Call me Al ……


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