Photo Credit: 20,000 Year Old Cave Paintings: Hyena
Storytelling is a unique and universal human need. Our stories help us make sense of our world, help us identify as members of a group and help us navigate the stages of our physical and emotional lives. Films today, one could argue, address the same primal needs as cave drawings did thousands of years ago.
Our materials for this week focus on why and how Web 2.0 storytelling in particular can enrich and support our students’ learning. In Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre, Alexander and Levine argue that user-generated content as well as the ability to offer multilinear, hypertextual content are distinguishing hallmarks of Web 2.0 storytelling. Be sure to read Bryan Alexander’s and Alan Levine’s article while signed into Diigo as I’ve saved it to our group. Feel free to contribute to the discussion that has already started in that venue by responding to questions and comments, leaving your own comments or adding highlights for our group.
In light of the kinds of storytelling venues we explore this week, what kinds of storytelling have you used with your students and why and how have you used them?