Joe Lambert is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Digital Storytelling located in Berkeley, California, and will be a keynote speaker at the SITE 2006 conference in Orlando in 2 weeks. Today, Dr. Michael Searson, the Dean of the College of Education at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, posted a 36 minute podcast interview with Joe Lambert focusing on digital storytelling, CDS, and the potential for K-16 educators to utilize digital storytelling for both literacy development as well as community advocacy. Joe also previewed some of the issues he’ll touch on in greater depth during his keynote speech at SITE 2006.

I found Joe’s comments about working with the “generation of the screen” (our digital natives in the parlance of Marc Prensky) to use the tools of the television to end the era of television (in terms of communication and literacy) very interesting.

Joe also mentioned a Canadian digital storytelling effort called Murmur Toronto, online at The idea of “mapping place and story” is a fantastic concept. The [murmur] website provides links to maps where you click on place-based digital stories. According to the [murmur] website:

[murmur] is an archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations, told by Torontonians themselves. At each of these locations, a [murmur] sign with a telephone number and location code marks where stories are available. By using a mobile phone, users are able to listen to the story of that place while engaging in the physical experience of being there. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path through a place, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze.

Joe also mentioned the Memory Grid Archive of the Australian Center for the Moving Image. What a great resource! And how exciting to see how many people around the globe are getting together around the ideas of digital storytelling. We’re hardwired for stories. In our informationally overloaded society, we need to be listening to more stories and taking time to tell some of our own each day.

I am a big advocate for the use of disruptive technologies, which can include digital storytelling (especially when those stories are shared to with a global audience over the Internet) to enhance student communication skills. I am really looking forward to attending SITE 2006 in a couple of weeks and hearing more from Joe Lambert as well as others on the theme of digital storytelling.

If you are interested in joining an ongoing dialog about digital storytelling in advance of SITE 2006, check out the SITE Digital Storytelling blog!

Joe’s wrap-up comment about looking forward to SITE in Orlando was particularly compelling. He encouraged us to think about the big picture of storytelling, what our roles in that picture are and might be, and how the vision of the Cape Canaveral engineers of the 1960s might be merging with the entertainment and story focus of Disney, located just next door in Orlando. I’m sure Joe will have even more great insights to share with us at SITE in a couple of weeks.

And yes, I do predict his presentation will be available later as a podcast, for everyone who can’t attend SITE in person, and those who do but want to hear his message again! 🙂

Take a few minutes and listen to Joe’s podcast interview! It’s a story worth hearing and thinking about. 🙂

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2 Responses to Joe Lambert on Digital Storytelling

  1. Derek says:

    The National Library of Australia and Picture Australia have teamed up with Flickr and Yahoo! to create another interesting type of digital storytelling project: Telling the “we story” through photographs.

    PictureAustralia has created two public groups in Flickr where “citizen photo journalists” can upload their photographs and show the rest of the world what it means to be Australian in the 21st Century.

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  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Wow, what a great project Derek! Thanks for sharing the link. I’m going to repost your comment on my main blog so more folks can link to this as well.

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