Posted by angel on 31 July, 2013
Digital Storytelling Asia (DSA) turned four on 1 August 2013. We basically began and grew out of a series of accidents (see founder’s story at www.tyros.sg).
We launched TYROS, a brand of Digital Storytelling Asia Pte Ltd. This time, no longer by accident but after learning from our mistakes and triumphs. DSA is still in operation but we want to move forward with TYROS – now with
- greater clarity about who we are
- why we are here
- where we are going and
- how we can serve individuals, families, schools, communities, businesses, organisations, and nations better.
We invite you to journey with us as we continue to create our STORY on TYROS.
Posted by angel on 4 July, 2013
The first phase of the pilot Digital Storytelling Inter-Generational Learning Programme (ILP) in June 2013 saw 23 Tampines Junior College Infocomm Club students creating stories about their lives at Tampines JC.
Seniors and youth benefit from the two-way learning. The seniors emerge with new skills, new friends and enlarged social circles, and the students pick up values and life lessons, and make new – and older – friends.
…Ultimately, these programmes will help forge intergenerational solidarity and promote social cohesion. – C3A website
Every Friday in July, the digital natives take over the helm to teach and coach the digital immigrants to create their stories. 19 adventurous senior folks aged between 50 and 75 senior will each be paired up with a student during “Telling your story using MovieMaker.”
The seniors were given prompters to get them thinking about the stories they want to create. Stories about life, growing up, what they remember about their parents/grandparents, raising children, facing serious illness, leaving a family legacy.
“We did a dry run (of the training) today as well as debrief,” wrote Ms Ruth Fung, teacher-in-charge of the Infocomm Club. “They are excited but also nervous, some fumbles… this is their first time at such a task. Looking forward.”
“The limited availability of busy students, the special needs of the seniors, the technical preparations, the objective of the ILP had to be taken into consideration when designing the programme,” said Angeline Koh, DSA’s director and chief storytelling programme developer.
The ILP will culminate with an afternoon of celebrating and honouring our senior folks through showcasing their digital stories.
Posted by angel on 8 June, 2013
I didn’t have time to think about my mental blocks. The lack of control and information actually worked out for my good. The workshop was very well received by the participants. 85 came. 43 stories were showcased at the end of the workshop.
I started my Digital Storytelling (DS) social enterprise in 2010. It’s been a lot of trial and error understanding market needs and also understanding my “product.”
Digital Storytelling came to me as a 24-hour, 3-day, facilitator-intensive gift. It was a gift that I absolutely love. But it was also a gift that few could bite into.
One major challenge I had was scaling up the training. The number of participants averaging 15. People said, “It takes too many days. It cost too much. IT is not for me. etc.” They said, “Can you do it in one hour?” (What?! NO!) “Can you do it in four?” (Hey, storytelling is charcoal-cook, not microwave.) Can you do traditional oral storytelling not digital? I’ve had to unwrap and re-wrap the gift over and over and over and over again.
In April 2013, I ran a workshop in Bandung for 85 educators and staff of NGOs and churches. <Photos on FaceBook>
I had very little control over the workshop. Language, cultural and technological barriers made my communication with my Bandung host challenging. Except for the confirmed dates of my workshop, many things were not tied up. We were targeting for 50 to come.
Bandung broke through the original DS wrapping. I had no trained assistants, no nice audio recording equipment or designated recording room. I had to work with a translator (which cut down my teaching hours). Language, cultural and technological barriers made my communication with my Bandung host challenging. Except for the confirmed dates of my workshop, many things were not tied up. We were targeting for 50 to come. On the day of the workshop, people were still asking to sign up. My host Henny asked if I could allow more participants (by then there were 85 registered). I told her, “Henny, it doesn’t matter any more. 50, 85, 100, it makes no difference. Let them all come.”
What was once to me impossible is now possible. I can simplify (without being simplistic) and can package storytelling for the young and I can wrap it for the not-so-young. I can wrap it for educators and I can wrap it for the oral learners and the non-English speakers. I can do without the digital if that’s what is needed.
Four C.O.R.E. factors contributed to my breakthrough <Read More>
Bandung photos on FaceBook < Here >
Posted by angel on 31 May, 2013
Lonely seniors, energetic youth.
Wise seniors, inexperienced youth.
Digital immigrants. Digital natives.
Different and yet the same.
What divides us? What unites us?
Digital Storytelling Asia is partnering
to pilot two Inter-Generational Learning Programmes in June 2013. The project brings together two disciplines: guided autobiography and digital storytelling.
Pilot #1 Inter-Generational Learning Programme
TPJC students will come alongside their senior partners to teach them how to create their own digital stories. They will learn IT.
Pilot #2 聽 My Story – a journey in empathy
SIM Psychology students will interview elderly and then create their digital stories for them.
The projects will culminate with youth, seniors, and friends enjoying an afternoon of digital stories (movies) jointly created by youth and seniors.
Posted by angel on 10 May, 2013
Even as I write this, Digital Storytelling (DS) practitioners and academics around the world are meeting CREATE, ACT, CHANGE: 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition hosted by Hacettepe University, Faculty of Communication, in Ankara, Turkey from 8-10 May, 2013.
The conference includes paper presentation sessions, digital story screenings and exhibition that touch on topics such as:
- Gender, Identity
- Activism, Inclusion, Participation, Democracy
- Community building, Intercultural encounters
- Belief stories
- Resilience, Health
- Social media
- Online DS workshops
DS was first introduced in Singapore in 2007. Singapore hosted Asian Digital Storytelling Conferences in 2008 and 2010.
Greek philosopher Plato said, “Those who tell the stories rule the world.” Digital storytelling is a powerhouse that is yet to be tapped. It is my dream to see it become a movement in Asia.
The conference programme can be downloaded here.
Archive of conference tweets here.