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#Octshowntell Week 3

24 Oct

Well I only just made it this week.

cartoon of 3 panels about purse being lost & returned by kind woman

Been a bit hectic. Still a bit of discipline is good for me, and I’ve been inspired by everyone’s efforts all week. Google Search Stories has had a bit of a trial from some of the members. This has to be a tool we can use to connect with undergrads if you’re still doing Info Lit out there!

Jaygee http://t.co/9e6kj9A or http://bit.ly/av5wXN or http://bit.ly/9GTXDh

Peta http://inn0vate.glogster.com/fairytale/ and http://goo.gl/fb/4yUdL

Sally http://www.pixton.com/comic/pwd0hsho and http://bit.ly/bDKotZ

newgradlib https://sites.google.com/site/octshowntell/newgradlib

Polyxena http://animoto.com/s/Q0zf9EmQrBWhvU2G47bjvg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-VmuuY2mu0&feature=youtu.be&a

restructuregirl http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=2266850

dpgreen http://storybird.com/books/stress-poem-10/

Ceridwyn http://storybird.com/books/mummys-weekend-away/

Now – apparently the twitter #Octshowntell search is not working well, so PLEASE, PLEASE let me know if I have missed your creative piece this week so I can put it up for more to see : – )

New tools:

Google Search Stories

** Don’t forget others talking about #Octshowntell or digital storytelling:



I learn technology

#Octshowntell gets it’s groove

13 Oct

Thanks everyone for coming on board with #Octshowntell

Seems to be developing nicely. For myself, finally, after staring at iMovie for many years considering it, I jumped in, tried it, and discovered it was (of course) easy. Now have a nice free babysitting video that no parent can claim is too commercial : -)

Week 2 –

things we have learnt so far

  • Week 1 was about just having a go; Week 2 is about actually planning some of it : – )
    Jaygee is learning about layout and embedding.
    I’ve struggled with uploading in the right compression format to YouTube (otherwise your video that looked so great on your desktop looks extremely pixallated on everyone else’s screen)
    and lots of others are matching music to content, or information to format with more confidence and flair
  • there is nothing fun that cannot also be used as a library learning aid (see Sally or Jaygee or Ceridwyn examples)
    As haikugirloz points out, some of these will be useful tools to add multimedia content to library classes
  • Silent movies or voiceovers are a good starting option
  • if you want to get a lot of information into a sign a cartoon could be clever (see bonitoclub example)
  • iMovie is easy
  • there are great sites for copyright approved music
  • vimeo and google groups are not that easy to open to others
  • storybird doesn’t let you embed anywhere else unless your settings are public #encouragingopenaccess
  • you only get 30 sec free on animoto
  • storybird will remove your offering if you mention commercial products eg E**note
  • everyone who has joined this is fantastic, and is experimenting away with interesting results across a full range of topics
  • An Art Gallery has used the idea of digital storytelling to integrate with the wider community

Examples can be viewed at –

Ceridwyn http://animoto.com/s/C23OarK69DwO0v0cdt20mg

Peta  http://storybird.com/books/an-excellent-adventure/

bonitoclub  http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/2185447

haikugirlOz  http://haikugirloz.com/my-first-animoto-for-octshowntell

jaygee http://jmcgblogging.blogspot.com/2010/10/week-2-october-show-and-tell.html

restructuregirl http://bit.ly/9KhLAe

Jo http://animoto.com/play/w0H824YYrhJXmJqAnyeRiQ

sally sets forth http://storybird.com/books/the-helpful-librarian-aka-the-green-fairy/

newgradlibrarian https://sites.google.com/site/octshowntell/newgradlib

kalgrl http://ferallibrarytales.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-birthday-to-andrea_12.html

@stephmcg http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/2187531

And if I have missed anyone (due to tiredness only) please remind me in comments!


New resources include:


31 digital storytelling sites care of @petahopkins



8 Oct

Thanks to everyone who is joining in #Octshowntell.

If you don’t know what this is read my blog entry on the new challenge.

It’s actually been more challenging finding an easily accessible single point of storage for our efforts, than it appears to have been to try the new tools. So we have a Vimeo group, a Google group thanks to @newgradlibrarian and then all your own various blog sites. For the latest offerings just search twitter for #octshowntell

Anyway in the interests of keeping some sort of record for the future I’m going to list as many of the efforts as possible here too. Please just add a comment with any new ones you try.


Week 1.

Jo at http://storybird.com/books/four-day-weekend/

Tony at  http://animoto.com/play/zplIYseCt6LH1PH0umWgwQ or http://bonitoclub.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/october-showntell-octshowntell/

Jaygee at http://jmcgblogging.blogspot.com/2010/10/october-show-and-tell-challenge.html

HaikugirlOz at http://haikugirloz.com/storybird-digital-storytelling-tool-octshowte

Sally at youtube.com/​watch?v=psLIT786zJA or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgMoATMOWZI&feature=youtu.be

Ceridwyn at http://prezi.com/js8coo04jcfs/the-copyright-story/

bookgrrl at http://storybird.com/books/if-music-be-the-food-of-love-play-on/

Greengecko29 at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/?comix_id=2983763C313427

MissSophieMac at http://misssophiemac.blogspot.com/2010/10/digital-storytelling-with-voki.html?

KatieTT at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/?comix_id=26532238C313409

Greengecko29 pixton.com/​uk/​comic/​lz04c3u4

restructuregirl at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCR11bwsgjg

David at http://animoto.com/play/AwfDzcUjfRf0Vbnyu01ulQ

pmcgowan at http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=2183953

Peta at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU6Lbk4et-w


Intro to vlogging – http://twitcam.livestream.com/24a1t orhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Z7OJxnSoQ

Digital storytelling tools – Storybirdanimotoxtranormalglogster,voicethreadanimashermakebelievecomicsvuvoxprezi
Example : http://prezi.com/7okmswx_ex40/power-of-storytelling/

Copyright approved music you can use –

Also new resources have been trialed:

pixton.com or toondoo.com for making your own comics

Tell us a story – #Octshowntell

30 Sep

October’s learning challenge from the Flexible Understanding Now Network (FUNN) has had a fair bit of commentary. Ideas included vlogging, crafting QR codes and Inbox Zero strategies. Then cutting edge @MissSophieMac scooped the pool with the idea of digital storytelling. For those of you (like me) who’ve never heard of this visit Wikipedia on the topic. It has the benefit of allowing people who are not yet comfortable with flashing their face on the web a cloak to screen themselves.

So the challenge for October is at present #Octshowntell – 1 a week (4 in total).
Tell any story you like (can be work related, pets, recipes) with visual (show) and audio (tell).

5/10 Vimeo groups works now (unlike YouTube groups)
so please add your stories to
(to join choose restructuregirl as a contact & I will add you to the group!)
or show and tell on your own blogs and twitter the link with the tag #octshowntell

Now the important question is DO I HAVE ANY TAKERS?

Keep in mind that I rely on FUNN for entertainment these days, so if I don’t get enough tweeps playing this I shall nag you all into a variant of @flexnib’s reading challenge ; with a designated weekly reading on library studies with expected reports for discussion online from all.

For those who like the details:

Intro to vlogging – http://twitcam.livestream.com/24a1t or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Z7OJxnSoQ

Digital storytelling tools – Storybird, animoto, xtranormal, glogster, voicethread, animasher, makebelievecomics, vuvox, prezi
Example : http://prezi.com/7okmswx_ex40/power-of-storytelling/

4/10 #Octshowntell first entrants

Jo at http://storybird.com/books/four-day-weekend/

Tony at http://animoto.com/play/zplIYseCt6LH1PH0umWgwQ


9 Sep

QRcode, originally uploaded by restructuregirl.

This is a QR code that could be used to direct people to the #piratehatsWednesday Flickr group.

Learning through fun.

And now for some fun – with pirate hats

9 Sep

Yesterday Mal Booth got a little restless up at the UTS library. He chatted to some colleagues. He decided to do something silly just because he could. Discussions with his staff and his Twitter group led to a challenge for next Wednesday 15 Sept. We’re spreading the challenge through social media and seeing how it goes. For those of you who are asking, the reason we are doing this is #noparticularreason The reason it’s in a library is because some of us are librarians or work in libraries. It’s really simple and it is about having fun : – )

Wear a pirate hat next Wednesday 15 Sept in a library.

Then share your frivolity, silliness, playfullness with the world, by exploring social media and using the tag #piratehatsWednesday

You may want to put up a blog post or make a statement on Twitter/Facebook/Myspace

You may choose to add a photo of your or other’s hats to the Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1472829@N25/ or get carried away and do a Youtube video or a quick video snapshot on http://12seconds.tv/

You might get inspired and bake pirate hat goodies (all contributions for tasting can be sent to Mal Booth, UTS, Sydney)

Instructions on how to make pirate hats can be found here and here and here

This activity already has celebrity engagement (although we’re happy to hear about more)