Digital tools and a 360-degree approach to storytelling are revolutionising the creative process for kids and teens everywhere.
I was recently funded to take my digital story brainstorming app, Story Scrapbook, on tour. CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) and the University of New England supported a two-week tour of the New England Region. I did my own creative work and ran digital storytelling workshops with children, teens and adults using Story Scrapbook. Here is what happened…
|Story Scrapbook is point-and-shoot with the young and computer-savvy picking the basic functions up in minutes.|
|Year 8 boys created stories based on their greatest fears.|
|Beautiful downtown Armidale where I was based for the tour.
There was an earthquake during my stay! (Pic by Amber Melody.)
|Me, flying, after brilliant digital storytelling sessions with the kids at a little country school, Kingstown Public.|
|Many boys created sport-related stories. The app allowed them to gather video, images, music,
maps and notes related to the sport they were passionate about.
|Jane Austen battling a dalek on a bookshelf at the University of New England.
(Not really related but difficult not to include. This may never happen again.)
|This student was able to get brilliant results from the app’s drawing tool.|
|Each group is invited to give feedback on the app, making users a part of future development.|
|The Hogwarts-style dining room at TAS, The Armidale School. I dined here after three
creative workshop sessions with the boys.
The tour was a great example of creative communities in action. Huge thanks to CAL and the wonderful Elizabeth Hale from the University of New England. Liz will be touring three more children’s authors / illustrators to the region next year so, if you are a children’s storyteller, keep your ear to the ground.