The BS of Storytelling

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) annual conference • June 19, 2015 • Denver, CO.



Storytelling, you know the metaphors- cave paintings, campfires. There are all kinds of ways I could describe them, and the BS is not the BS you may be thinking of. Rather than defining, constraining storytelling, I share my experiences of creating digital stories and teaching to others of what "works" as elements, with suggestions how you can think of it as more than just a magic spice you sprinkle on your work. Like most, I have my own internal conversation-- "I'm not a storyteller". A hook of interest, the shape of a narrative, a character to care about, suspension of belief, using less, media metaphors are story techniques that you can integrate into your work as educators.

Video Archive (session starts about 20 minutes in, but John Mayer's opening is worth watching)

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URLs Mentioned (and a few more for kicks)


Alan's Storymaking Cards


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