Wednesday, May 27, 2015

La otra cara de Madrid

Today I am glad to share with you a very interesting digital storytelling video.
The title is La otra cara de Madrid, the other side of Madrid and the aim is to give attention to the modern poverty in the Spanish town.
I think this is a good example of the social importance in video storytelling.
With an even short clip you can show actual and serious problem in today society.
If you want to help the author you can visit his blog.
Here is the video.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Power of Stoytelling Conference in Bucharest

Today I want to talk about a very interesting event in Bucharest, Romania: The Power of Stoytelling.
What a perfect title for an initiative about telling stories.
I agree so much, that is an incredibly and undervalued tool, sometimes hidden inside our world.
In my humble opinion there are a lot of people who are telling stories or just listening to them without knowint what is really happening.
So, I think it is a power still today not enough known.
From the official website description: A conference built around the idea that stories can change our worlds. The only one of its kind in Eastern Europe, it brings together superstar storytellers in all fields to show the potential of stories to connect people, to heal wounds, to move to action, and to drive change.
The next edition, the 5th, will be on October 9-10, 2015, so stay tuned.
Here is a video presentation from the Youtube channel.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Trombonist Storyteller

Today I am here to tell you about the man I call the Trombonist Storyteller, Andy Strain.
I think he offers a perfect example of how powerful the mixture among music and storytelling could be.
He makes his instrument as part of the tale, with its sound but also shape.
Because, as you all may know, everything you bring on stage is part of the show.
Regardless what you might think about.
Here you may find Andy website.
And here you could watch a very nice video about music storytelling with kids.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Storytelling at school

Well, I do not understand the language of the today video.
However, as I wrote before, I do not think that words meaning are so relevant in storytelling.
The true meaning is a large aspect of the whole work.
More than all at school with kids, where you have a very openminded audience, you have to pay attention to a greater number of ingredients that could make your story alive.
You may see in the storytelling clip by Amanda Hughes how much some tips are important.
The calm voice of the storyteller, the measure of the book, with large and nice pages and moreover the wonderful drawings behind her. Children's drawings, that is a perfect choice, I think.
She shows to be 'inside' the kids imagination, phisically.
Here is the video.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

World Book Day 2015: The Very Hungry caterpillar

Last April 23 was the World Book Day 2015, a yearly event created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading everywhere.
Today I am glad to share with you a very nice video to remember such a wonderful day with a school storytelling by Lourdes Molejon.
The story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children's picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle.
Here is the clip.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Jason Chamakese

Here I am with a wonderful video from the beautiful and very interesting Scottish International Storytelling Festival, 2013 Edition.
In the clip you may see a magnetic exibition by Jason Chamakese with his flute.
I already said something before on this blog about storytelling with music and, sorry, I repeat my self enlarging the concept: you can make storytelling with everything...
From the description: Jason Chamakese comes from the Pelican Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Devoted to maintaining his traditional language and culture, he was drawn to the sound of the traditional flute fifteen years ago. He performs with Robert Gladue often and as Chamakese & Gladue, their talents combine to create beautiful music, merging contemporary round-dance songs and generations-old Cree serenading songs.
For more information on the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival:

Here is the video.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Storytelling by Tess India

Today I am glad to share with you a very praiseworthy initiative.
You can see in the clip (Kannada commentary) a teacher showing the importance of storytelling in school with kids.
Tess India (Teacher Education through School-based Support in India) is an Open University funded by UK aid from the UK government.
I think that is all very appreciable, storytelling in school and a supporting education in other countries.
From the description: this video is one of a series produced by TESS-India to support teachers in developing learner-centred classroom practices. Filmed in primary and secondary schools in India, the aim of the videos is to inspire teachers to experiment with using similar approaches in their own classrooms. The videos are intended to complement the text-based TESS-India materials for teachers and school leaders. However, they may also be viewed independently of these materials.
TESS-India (Teacher Education through School-based Support in India) is an Open University, UK led teacher education project that has collaboratively developed a large repository of freely available, adaptable Open Educational Resources (OER) that support national education priorities in India. The resources are accessible in a range of media and languages, for use in multiple initial and continuing teacher development contexts.
Here is the video.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Storytelling with Saxophone from South Africa

Okay, I did not understand the words, but is this really fundamental to feel the story?
Take a look at this video, that is a true proof that stories are something able to break the common obsession with letters and meanings.
Telling stories is a way to share emotions and dreams, hope and feelings.
From the description: Children with Charmza - Bloemfontein Mangaung Library Jazz Stories - Storytelling with Kamogelo Letshego Mocumi
Here is the video by Charmza Literary.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yoga through Storytelling

Well, I think that is a perfect example - the very first one I met about Yoga, to show how storytelling is powerful as an instrument to do other things.
In this case, Kundalini Yoga.
Soe we could better learn that a story is like a road to arrive somewhere and it does not have to be only the story itself.
That is like life in general and the storytellings are something truly alive.
In the video you can see the work of Elizabeth Trenholm at Dreams Unlimited Childcare Centre (Summerside, Canada) and her young classroom.
Here is the clip by Ken Trenholm.