Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Digital stories based on literary texts

In 2012 and 2014, I conducted workshops for library staff and a group of students involved in the iTell project at St Vincent's College in Potts Point, Sydney.  The aim of iTell was for students to create digital stories based on literary texts.

One of the librarians made a fabulous digital story based on The Great Gatsby: it was a letter from Daisy to her daughter confessing to having been the driver of the car that killed Myrtle Wilson.  Another staff member took inspiration from The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.  Her story unfolded as a series of 'blinks', each representing a snapshot of the time Claude Mendibil spent helping Jean-Dominique Bauby 'dictate' his story after he had suffered a stroke.  Year 10 student, Lucy Kenehan, made a fractured fairytale from the point of view of the woman who witch in Rapunzel.  This can be viewed here by clicking on the following link and scrolling down to Lucy's story.
iTell project - St Vincent's College

Marrickville Stories - June 2012

In 2012, I teamed up with Inner West Cultural Services in Newtown and received a community cultural development grant from Marrickville Council to create 'Marrickville Stories' - a digital storytelling project involving seniors and primary school students in the local area, which culminated in a community screening and celebration.

Here is the moving story of one of the seniors, Mercedes:

And here is a composite digital story of three Grade 1 students from Stanmore Public School.