Asian Digital Storytelling Congress
4 September 2010, 9.00am to 6.00pm
@ The Salon, National Museum
Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Nearly 80 countries worldwide have been introduced to it and the massive growth in the last few years has demonstrated the strength of this distinct new genre of communication.
By examining new creative works, the Congress is an international meeting of professionals and digital media enthusiasts, will discuss, share and communicate new concepts in the art of digital storytelling. The discussion will lay its focus on the use of digital storytelling in education, language comprehension, community building, personal development and entertainment.
|9.00 am – 9.30 am||Registration|
|9.30 am – 10.00 am||Keynote:
Digital Storytelling – A Global Movement… Its Future and Possibilities
In the complex world of technology, social networking and mass media, effective communication is still best served by a simple story. Its power, to bring others into our experience and to transport us into theirs, drives us on to discover new ways of telling them. So as digital storytelling leaves infancy and those of us who nurtured it look to the future, what's its potential and where will it take us? After a decade of practical workshops, Barrie Stephenson looks ahead to see how we might develop our craft and whose stories we may be shaping. As newer technology and emerging networks come within our grasp what will they tell and how will they tell it?
|10.00am – 10.30am||Plenary 1:
Storytelling Tools for the Digital Age - Computer Games, Interactive Fiction, Machinima
While technology continues to change rapidly, story remains a central common approach to effectively engaging an audience. If you've outgrown Powerpoint for your digital storytelling needs, Tom Banaszewski will share on how people are telling stories by creating their own computer games, creating interactive choose-your-own-adventure type stories and blending video game footage to make "machinima" stories.
|10.30am – 11.00am||Plenary 1:
Storytelling Tools for the Digital Age in the Diploma of Film, Sound and Video programme, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Teaching storytelling can be achieved in many ways especially in the digital age. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and are told from a particular point of view. This session will be about the digital storytelling tools utilized in the Diploma of Film, Sound and Video programme at the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and how these digital tools can be possibly adapted and applied in your classrooms.
|11.00am – 11.30am||Morning Tea break|
|11.30am – 1.00pm||
Concurrent Sessions 1 - 2
|1.00pm – 2.30pm||Lunch|
|2.30pm – 3.00pm||Plenary 2:
Transmedia Storytelling: how do we tell effective stories in the digital age?
Ask any two educators to define literacy for the 21st century and you will have a difficult time finding two matching responses. The discussion will feature the terms "new media literacies" and "multi-literacies" and probably a few others, but what exactly does new media literacy look like for educators and all those interested in how stories are being developed with new media tools. This session will feature current research in New Media studies and share examples of transmedia storytelling, such as as the successful Inanimate Alice series.
|3.00pm – 4.00pm||Plenary 3:
Collecting and Distribution Digital Stories - using online effectively
Barrie Stephenson and Helen Simondson
Digital Storytelling is one of the user generated media forms that is being widely adopted in a range of contexts and by a variety of organisations and individual practitioners with the aim to promote participatory culture more broadly. This plenary will explore some of the approaches organisations and individuals are taking to distribute and collect these stories and will raise some of the issues currently facing practitioners at a time where pockets of activity are happening with little sense of coherence or connectivity and similarly there is very little available research to date other than case-study or domain-specific research.
|4.00pm – 4.30pm||Afternoon Tea break|
|4.30pm – 6.00pm||
Concurrent Sessions 3 - 4
Who Should Attend?
Multimedia producers, storytelling enthusiasts, teachers, trainers, archivists, educators, librarians, and community development officers who participate in the Congress will take back with them collective wisdom and expertise that they will gather from some of the best talents of the world in Digital Storytelling.
Other Individuals and communities, with little or no background in Digital Media, will likewise benefit from their participation in the Congress.
Boot Camp on Digital Storytelling by Barrie Stephenson
6-8 September 2010, 10.00am to 6.00pm
@ Nobel Room, Toa Payoh Public Library
A practical workshop for tutors to learn how to engage and train others in digital storytelling through telling a short media-rich digital story of your own. This workshop will take you through the process, from recruiting participants and discovering their story, to the skills, techniques and technology of capturing it for a potential audience. Come prepared with a story idea and images to surround it and develop your skills so that you can pass them on to others. This workshop presumes that you have some prior knowledge of digital storytelling. Not suitable for absolute beginners.
® Educators, community workers, librarians, and anyone interested in learning innovative ways to presenting their stories digitally with new technology.