Film on the Fly

Here is a great, fun, creative idea – I’m really interested to see how it plays out. From KOCE-TV (a PBS affiliate) website:

Film on the Fly! is the latest and greatest in mobile filmmaking challenges!  On the day of the contest, you’ll receive a text message with a secret story prompt for your video.  You’ll then have up to twenty hours to make a mobile phone video and post it to YouTube. Since this is a global challenge, you’ll be able to see mobile videos that are created from all over the country, and maybe even the world!

National Day of Listening

What a great idea … StoryCorps is declaring November 28, 2008 the first annual National Day of Listening.

This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives — it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit that has helped more than 40,000 Americans record their stories. As one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, it is our mission to help people honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

LIFE photo archive

Wow … and we can use these for educational purposes

The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen. These are just some of the things you’ll see in Google Image Search today.

We’re excited to announce the availability of never-before-seen images from the LIFE photo archive. This effort to bring offline images online was inspired by our mission to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. This collection of newly-digitized images includes photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.

via the Official Google Blog

Incredible example of video story telling …

I’ve pushed digital storytelling for some time now – just take a look at my diigo bookmarks on the topic. From iMovie to VoiceThread … there is so much potential for students to tell powerful and meaningful stories using digital media.


Here’s an excerpt from a video made for the Stand up to Cancer initiative … it is great to show to kids so they know how powerful a 3-minute clip video can be. In this short excerpt, a lot of information is conveyed and a lot of emotions are expressed. Warning – you might need the tissue box for this one: