A wonderful day: Storytyne at The Open University in Gateshead.
‘I’m so excited and I think I like it’ as the song goes, I’m really excited because ‘Storytyne’ is finally here! It shouldn’t just be me though, it’s really ‘We’re so excited!’ as the team of people who have come together in this ‘Highlander’ style gathering are looking forward to today too.
Storytyne is an opportunity to bring together educators working in many different areas of the country and with different tools and ideas, but with the common theme of storytelling.
The story of this week began with a mysterious email ‘Gentlemen, I think you should have a look at the top floor.’ What could it mean? The top floor of the Open University building in the North East of England is the venue for Storytyne, a lovely open empty space. So, what could it be? On arrival, ‘WOW!’ a stunning sight to behold. A Japanese instrument called a Gamelan had been delivered and this is not just one instrument, but an orchestra of instruments. Beautifully carved and irresistible to not bang a gong.
With much careful rearranging, this has now become the wonderful stage furniture for the presentations.
We then had Dr. Sean McCusker and Kerry Cottiss telling us about the Durham University and Vital research into storytelling in schools.
Next, we were really pleased that Tim Meek of Scholastic was able to join us to share about his work to develop boys’ writing. He worked with a group of ‘reluctant’ readers and writers to inspire them through the use of Microsoft Kodu, free 3D game making software. Read here about his ‘Kodudes – the write buzz’ .
Next up was Vicki Cable from Shoofly about good storytelling using objects as well as showing their lovely storytelling resources. Anne Curtis from Shoofly is sadly unable to join us today, a big thank you goes to Anne for her help and advice setting up Storytyne.
Then we enjoyed lunch, where the delegate storytellers got to eat, talk and mix with some of the commercial companies who are sharing in our day. These include Storyphones , Rising Stars and BLi Education. In addition to the lovely people presenting from Brainpop, 2Simple, Anithings, Land of Me, Northern Grid and Vital”.
“The afternoon brought a difficult decision, as folk joined ‘North Tynies’ or ‘South Tynies’. The North Tynies saw the fantastic Bill Boyd (@literacyadviser) share about his love for ‘Inanimate Alice’ a transmedia story.
Alan Yeoman of 2Simple (@simple_alan ) demonstrated using ‘2 Create a Superstory’ using images from the Epic Citadel game.
Eylan Ezekial of Brainpop (@eylanezekiel) shared about ‘Facts and Fiction’ linked to the over-arching theme of storytelling and Tim’s focus on the medieval and traditional tales.
Meanwhile, the South Tynies had the joy of hearing from Susie Arnott (@darktigerlily) of North Tyneside LA and how she has used creating comics and led to improved writing”.
“James Huggins of Madeinme (@james_madeinme ) , transported us away to the lovely ‘Land of Me’ and it’s beautiful interactive stories.
Next up, was ‘Stripey Steve’ of Anithings (@stripeysteve ), cracking animation software and he lead us through creating our own stories with it.
Pause for breath…..”
“Back together again and Bill Lord (@ joga5 ) who shared his time in schools and how to treasure speaking and listening, through recordings, blogs and Twitter. Even Burglar Bill, “The Campest Criminal” made an appearance. Bill “Live Blogged” the events of the day HERE.
And finally…Tim and Sarah rounded up the day with more ways to use stories, including Tom Cox’s ‘Thinking dice’ to develop higher order thinking”.
The whole day has come together beautifully, with Simon Finch (@simfin and Lianne Watkinson from Northern Grid support with ideas and administration. Jo Mapplebeck and Steve Bunce (@stevebunce of Vital (ICT CPD for teachers from the DfE and Open Uni ) and very kindly sponsored by Scholastic through the excellent Chris Radcliffe (@chrisrat )
Well I’d best go, there’s a gamelan to be played and an unbelievable day to remember. Happy storytelling!
Here is the linkbunch to a few of the things mentioned today. http://linkbun.ch/0igfb
Thanks all for a great day. It worked!!
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