Storytelling ideas!

[Editor’s Note: Some are links to free things; others are links to sites that offer products.  The Innovations Lab does not endorse any particular merchants or vendors.  This message is only informational (and hopefully inspiring!)  Laurie Hansen of the CTL wrote this article.]

Will’s Innovations Lab Live Event “Storytelling as Instructional Practice” presentation kick-off inspired me.  It made me think about the many ways a story can be told.

Photography: Life Magazine’s famous pictures

Illustration: Kamishibai story cards originated in Japan.  They are “stories [that] consist of 12 or 16 …illustrated cards. On the back is the English translation of the text, with the original Japanese beside it.”

Music: We are all familiar with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  If you love Elmo (who doesn’t?) see Prokofiev Sesame Street style: PeterWolfWiki

Word (oral/aural): Record your own story!  “Storycorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening”. But even better, according to the site, “each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress.”  Wow!

Word (written): NaNoWriMo “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.”

Numbers (through words): Perceptual EdgeThe information that’s stored in our databases and spreadsheets cannot speak for itself. It has important stories to tell and only we can give them a voice.”

Dance: In “Aria/Apologyconceptual art meets dance.  It juxtaposes “operatic arias by composer George Frideric Handel with authentic recorded phone messages – collected by the late conceptual artist Alan Bridge as part of his ‘Apology Project’ – where anonymous callers seek atonement by confessing their misdeeds, ranging from telling white lies to murder.”

Even with emoticons: Emoticon Story

We aspire to inspire.  How do you tell stories?


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