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Show me the money
Show me the money by Kees (
posted 20 Mar ’08, 10.37am MDT PST on flickr

This exhibition shows the full contract from – if I remember it wel – a Swiss Bank for lending out money to the museum. Behind every page is a light source. In the middle (where my friend is standing) is a window where you see the actual pile of money.
Van Abbe Museum – Eindhoven, March 2008

Olympus OM-4Ti, Zuiko 24mm F2.8 on Fujichrome Provia-X 400

I am by no means ungrateful for all the kind things people say and write to be about 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story. It was a wacky idea that emerged a year ago and has become a regular shtick. People all over (they were ROTFL in Japan) love the Blabberize Talking Alpaca.

This is great… but here comes the whinge.

Where are the examples of what people are making after someone tweets them a link or shows this in a workshop?

On the long scrolling list of 50 Tools I ask (even say “please”) people to share links of what they produce in the discussion tab of that wiki page and I monitor this via its RSS feed– which has been dark for months.

I am really really really really really really really wanting to see the kinds of content educators and students make after trying some of these tools. I would like to add them as links under the tools as many of them are not exactly educational oriented examples, just ones I could locate on the particular tool’s site.

My fear is people focus on the tool part and skip the parts on developing a story idea and finding media— dear readers it is not about 50 or 60 or 932 tools– its about what people can create with them!

Please lend a hand; add something to the discussion tab (no log in needed and you can be anonymous) or add as a comment to this post.

The real incentive is that the 50 Ways will be featured as part of an upcoming EDUCAUSE Review article due out end of October.

Enough of the tools– where are the things people are making with them?


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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. I’ve been pointing my math students to your wiki since it went live as they assemble the major digital project they have to do for me each semester. Some of them are more story-like than others. I don’t know how deep they dig into 50+ Ways but many of them have been inspired by your work. Here are the links to the blogs where their work for the last year or so has been aggregated.

    Developing Expert Voices (2007)

    Developing Expert Voices 2008

    Four that I think are exemplary (and there are several others as well):

    (A Remix Story)

    (A Halo story captured to YouTube)
    Team LRJ Studios Present

    (An AP Calculus Story(?) on YouTube)
    D E Vious

    (The performing arts meets mathematics on Slideshare)
    Lights, Cameras, Action

    I’ll drop the linked list into the discussion tab on the 50+ Ways wiki too.

    You’ve created an excellent resource with scores of models for kids (and teachers) to build upon. I show your stuff off (with attribution) every chance I get. Thanks.

  2. > I am really really really really really really really wanting to see the kinds of content educators and students make after trying some of these tools.

    They won’t come to you. You have to go to them.

    This is the point of decision every blogger, every writer, faces at some point in his or her history: whether to find a way to go out and see the stories and write about them, or to wait for the stories to come in, and in the meantime to write only about him or her self.

  3. @Stephen I’ve been around the dogpark enough to know that point for blogging. I am not talking about blogging, or writing.

    This is a resource that clearly asks and provides a place for people who use that resource to share back with it. I am just curious as I have hundreds of responses of people saying what a great resource it is but only a trickle of sharebacks.

    Oh well, whatever. I did the first round of “looking” to get a few examples.

  4. @Stephen Downes: Hmmm, I’ll go toe to toe in the comment game.

    Try this one on. Jimmy Wales et al decides to spawn wikipedia, but under your premise, they must go out and find all the information. Same web engine, different concept. What do you call that… oh yes, Britannica.

    But I am sure there is a hole in my position there and I yield splitting hairs. Let me go back to the top.

    I researched more than 50 tools, wrote them up, created my own content in each, and AND tried to find other examples from these tool sites, which wasn’t always easy, because most of them are not really educational or even appropriate. I did what you said, went out and found examples, those would be the bullet points under each:

    So I get many emails, comments, tweets, saying what a great resource this is. But right there at the top of the page, I had put a request for people who use this resource to share what they create:

    I have used each tool to produce an example of a Dominoe story and links are provided, where available, to examples by other people. Please share your own examples or thoughts in the discussion area of this wiki.

    So my only reason for writing this was to re-iterate that request. I’ve done a lot of work on this project, yet you are suggesting, that it is still on me to go out and root around on the web to find more examples?

    So toss one back, but I’ve made my point, perhaps weak and wobbly as it is, twice. I concede to the last comment standing 😉

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