The title of this post reads like a first line of a Robert Frost poem.
However it is a link to my thinking after experiencing John Branch’s New York Times’ story, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.
In his post, Sam observes:
Unsurprisingly, pretty early on I realised that engaging the user in the way the Times article engaged me, was pretty tricky. I persevered and through the use of Google Earth, HTML5 charts and a JQuery plugin called “Parralax” I was able to hopefully bring the page if not to life, then at least to semi-consciousness by amongst other things, making my photos move around, video that fades in and automatically plays when you scroll to a certain point.
In addition to the three tools listed, Sam used:
(I was particularly interested on the fourth item on this list and eventually it led me to David Walsh … and a one hour diversion reading about a remarkable developer.)
A link to today’s Cowbird story by Gemma Weiner brought me back from the world of code to narrative structures. I thought it was a delightful, expressive story … which encouraged me to think even more about the issues Sam discussed and David has explored in his work.
A link from #etmooc sent me off to a December 2012 post by Rachel McAthy. She lists fourteen visual storytelling tools: Timetoast; Dipity; Google Fusion Tables; Tableau; Datawrapper; Meograph; Storify; Storination; Popcorn Maker; Cowbird; ThingLink; Taggstar; Visual.ly; Infogr.am. I am familiar with Storify and Cowbird but thist leaves me with twelve new learning experiences.
Other links from #etmooc (@robinwb) introduced me to seven collaborative websites for storytelling, free digital storytelling tools for nonprofits, myBrainshark, ShowMe and reintroduced me to Voicethread.
Just viewing these options was a powerful experience. Before I launch off to try all these I think I will seek out some good examples of use.
I am going to track #etmooc with great interest. Day 1 has taken me on from Snow Fall to a community that will introduce me to remarkable creativity.
Herbert George Ponting and cinematograph (National library NZ, no known copyright restrictions)