Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted … Continue reading Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Presenting at the Voices of Change Conference

Three Promising Ways That Nonprofits Can Distribute Digital Stories Online A presentation for the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, at UMass (alma mater!) and Smith College, on September 25, 2015. A. Distribution and Digital Stories The paradigmatic mode of digital storytelling distribution is the live showing, ideally with the storytellers present to contextualize their own stories. Online distribution of … Continue reading Presenting at the Voices of Change Conference

Day 1: Summer Digital Storytelling Course

For the first time, I'm teaching digital storytelling on DePaul's accelerated summer schedule. The class meets twice a week for five weeks, which means there won't be time to partner with community organizations and to train their staff to make digital stories, as in past iterations of the course. In lieu of work with community organizations, we'll … Continue reading Day 1: Summer Digital Storytelling Course

Presenting to D-WRD: Learning and Teaching Video

Today I'm joining D-WRD, where DePaul writing teachers come together to talk technology. I'll talk about how I've made a professional and academic career around telling stories with new media, and introduce the group to WeVideo, a student-friendly web-based video editing tool. How a Writing Teacher Came to Teach Video Before DePaul 2003: What will … Continue reading Presenting to D-WRD: Learning and Teaching Video

WeVideo Review: A Great Digital Storytelling Tool

For almost ten years, I've been teaching novices to make digital stories—short, personal videos that combine a recorded voiceover with digitized photos and music. The question of what software to use for this work is an open one: every choice seems to have its shortcomings. I’ve used Sony Vegas Movie Studio (stable and easy for … Continue reading WeVideo Review: A Great Digital Storytelling Tool