During the first few weeks of the module we begin to explore methods of finding and telling a personal story.
We start with a story circle with each of us bringing either an object or photograph to talk about. The supportive environment of the story circle enabled us to discuss our personal stories and to find the important elements prompted by that photo or object.
This map holds our stories from this first module activity. Click on a pin to read our first digital stories.
This year’s Cowbird stories are a little different. With Cowbird announcing its closure on 1st March 2017 our usual module schedule meant that our normal Cowbird story would not be complete in time to upload to Cowbird. I didn’t want the students missing out and so the list of stories below are the same stories written for the first story activity, which you can also view in the Google Map below this post.
To achieve this meant adjusting the order of lessons to bring forward audio recording and editing and the students working in their own time record and edit their narrations. I congratulate the students for all their hard work.
And so what we have below is a collection of personal stories, 100 words in length, written in first-person and narrated by the storyteller. Fifteen new voices joining the many other voices within Cowbird’s “public library of human experience”.
Little Fat and Little Thin by Hengyu Cai
A Whole New Universe by Melissa Azombo
First Interview Alone by Andi Xiong
A New Me by Bojia Dong
Cafe of Friendship by Na Li
Trip of Iceland by Tianyu Zhao
Old House by Mengjia Liu
We Four by Si Liang
The Uphill Struggle by Adam Charles
The Mystery Mist by Rebecca Kwei
Experiencing the Nature by Dandan Lin
A Place Called Home by Bhasmara Pramudita
Granny’s Balcony by Ying Zhang
Military Training by Yushan Gao
My New Career Path by Hanyu Zhang
Moments that Define us by Sumedha Pal
The Simplest Love Story by Jaihui Wang
The stories collected together on this Google Map are the first stories produced and shared as we explore the methods and processes of digital storytelling.
Each story is 100 words in length and written in first-person.
The map actually shows the stories written by 3 years of Citizen Media students. Each year is colour-coded
Have a look at the next post – Cowbird Stories 2016-17 – to see how these stories change when viewed on a different storytelling platform and with the voice of the storyteller. We also used Soundcloud as a method of publishing our stories which you can also see above.
Our second digital storytelling activity of 2015-16 explores narrated stories of 100 words. The stories are hosted on Cowbird.com which displays a story with a single image, never fully viewable within the frame and so requiring the viewer to interact with the image to discover what is hidden.
Cowbird is perhaps unique in the way it limits the story to a single full screen image but in doing so it focuses the viewers attention on that image. That’s a rare but valuable thing these days. Cowbird works particularly well when used with narration allowing the viewer to listen to the authors voice while observing and interacting with the image.
Click on the links below to see our stories.
Hana’s Story – A soldier dream
Karla’s story – Her girl
Terry’s story – Dear David
Ruochen’s story – KEEP MOVING KEEP FOCUSING
Wenyu’s story – My stepfather
Shi’s story – The reason why I am here
Cami’s story – Windfall
Vasileios’s story – The woman in my life
Francisco’s story – The Third Twin
Lingshan’s story – Childhood memories
Peng’s story – The family dog
Dan’s story – Her
For our second digital storytelling activity we explored creating stories with one image, 100 words and a recorded narration. We have used Cowbird.com to host and share the stories.
Cowbird is perhaps unique in the way it restricts the story to a single image but in doing so it focuses the viewers attention on that image. That’s a rare but valuable thing these days. Cowbird works particularly well when used with narration allowing the viewer to listen to the authors voice while observing and interacting with the image.
Click on the links below to see our stories.
Wei’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110343/
Esther’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110340/
Xiaoxi’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110341/
Quincy’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110339/
Yuwei’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110338/
Alba’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110335/
Mavis’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110336/
Yao’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110337/
Flora’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110334/
Stella’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110328/
Tom’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110330/
Maryam’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110329/
Bijun’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110326/
Bella’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110325/
Yifan’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110322/
Aria’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110324/
Neha’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110357/
Yuyu’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110327/
Duy’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110406/
William’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110409/
Gia’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110413/
Justice’s story – http://cowbird.com/story/110877/