Using wordle

Here’s a great, brief way to invite people into an Advent prayer experience using wordle. Wordle is a lovely tool for shaping stories as well. I’ve had students take the text of a story they’ve written, and then put it into wordle to visualize it. The visualization often gives them new clues to what pictures …

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Animation tools

Here’s a nifty comparison of two animation apps for the iPad. While you’re at Steve Thomason’s blog, check out the whole thing as he’s a very thoughtful theologian trying to engage our contemporary settings.

Learning stories, learning community

There are a couple of really wonderful programs in the Twin Cities of MN (St. Paul and Minneapolis), where young people learn leadership skills through learning media production. The Summer Media Institute of Migizi Communications is one such program: “We were originally founded to train American Indian journalists to tell their stories from their own …

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Truth in story

Alan Hurst, who writes his blog from a Mormon perspective, has a fascinating essay up about the ways in which story hold meaning in faith contexts. He’s noticed that there are some powerful science fiction writers in the Mormon community (my favorite, Orson Scott Card, among them) and muses on the roots such storying. Here’s …

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When telling a story makes it come alive again…

We are convinced that the “create/share/believe” circle is never ending, and an essential way to describe how storytelling works. You can enter the circle at any point, and go in either direction — share/believe/create, for example, or share/create/believe, or any endless number of combinations — but no matter how much we believe that to be …

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Hymn as karaoke

Well, this is not what I would call a positive example of a digital story. This is an example of digital “karaoke.” That is, you could probably sing along to this video — since the organ accompaniment is there and the lyrics are provided — but the images constrain the meaning rather than adding layers …

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Story without words

Here’s a great digital story that tells a story without really using words. Yes, there’s a song going on in the background which deepens and layers meaning, but to the extent that there is a narrative it’s one that you, as the person who engages the video, helps to create.