3 News Las Vegas: UNLV creates ‘story time’ resource for children & families

3 News Las Vegas: UNLV creates ‘story time’ resource for children & families. “UNLV has created a ‘story time’ resource for children and families amid the coronavirus outbreak. The university’s College of Education is creating read-aloud videos to recreate storytime for kids virtually while libraries and schools stay closed. An online library of nearly 50 stories is available, along with other videos and resources for parents and teachers, with new videos uploaded daily.”

EurekAlert: Storytelling can reduce VR cybersickness

EurekAlert: Storytelling can reduce VR cybersickness. “A storyline with emotionally evocative details can reduce virtual reality cybersickness for some people, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that storylines that provide context and details can help users feel immersed in VR experiences and can reduce feelings of nausea, disorientation and eye strain, depending on a user’s gaming experience.”

The Guardian: The cultural pioneers bringing oral storytelling to the next generation

The Guardian: The cultural pioneers bringing oral storytelling to the next generation. “For millennia, Indigenous Australian communities have been passing down histories, knowledge, language and customs, largely through oral storytelling. But in a world of digital addiction, where even the most remote parts of the country are being infiltrated by smartphones, telling stories via screens is the new necessary: a way to both preserve tradition and reach out to the young.”

Hongkiat: How to Improve Writing Quality with Data Storytelling

Hongkiat: How to Improve Writing Quality with Data Storytelling. “In our interconnected, globalized world, there’s a more significant need than ever for the kind of human connection and understanding that storytelling can convey. New technologies such as the big data revolution, data visualization, and data analytics tools allow us to raise the quality of our stories by backing them up with relevant data.” Ends abruptly — will there be a part 2?

The Conversation: Science needs myths to thrive

The Conversation: Science needs myths to thrive. “What helped me develop as a researcher was reading stories about those who came before me. For scientific research to be successful in the long term, I think researchers need a strong set of values, including an unwavering commitment to the truth, and a drive to test any idea to destruction. Though they may seem opposed to the ideals of the rigorous scientific method, the best way of instilling these values is, as ever, through the stories and myths that we tell ourselves.”

University of Calgary: Blackfoot Oral Stories Database brought to life by ii’ taa’poh’to’p grant

New-to-me, from the University of Calgary: Blackfoot Oral Stories Database brought to life by ii’ taa’poh’to’p grant. “These stories have helped us to understand the underlying structure of the language and the ways in which it is similar to and different from other languages. But, as we did this work, it became increasingly clear to us that we can and must use our linguistic training to share the stories as they were intended — with members of the community. With this understanding, in 2016, Dr. Heather Bliss, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures created the Blackfoot Oral Stories Database, an online repository of oral stories. Since that time, the database has grown to include over 100 stories told by more than 20 storytellers.”

Library of Congress: Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling

Library of Congress: Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling. “The following is a guest post from Library of Congress Labs Innovation Intern, Charlie Moffett. In the course of crafting data-driven narratives with digital collections, he created @govislandbot and an open-source mapping tutorial. Below he shares his processes, some of the challenges he encountered, along with the code.”

The Next Web: One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

The Next Web: One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction. “Numerous esteemed authors have previously relied on Twitter to tell original Flash fiction, but one talented storyteller is pushing his tales way beyond the 140 character limit to create interactive scenarios that put you in charge of the story.”

Learn Storytelling from Pixar Via Free Course

Now you can learn about story telling from Pixar — for free!. “Pixar Animation Studios has launched the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, led by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio. The new series is available for free through online-education platform Khan Academy.”

Quartz: Storytellers make the most influential scientific researchers

Quartz: Storytellers make the most influential scientific researchers. “The vast majority of climate science research published goes unnoticed and is rarely if ever cited, leaving gaps in our shared knowledge. But researchers who tell a good tale, using narrative elements rather than expository writing, prove an exception to this rule and are more influential as a result, according to a study led by ecologist and lawyer Ryan Kelley of the University of Washington College of the Environment, published on Dec. 15 in Plos One.”

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Now Has a Digital Archive

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies now has a digital archive. From the site’s About page: “The Salt Story Archive contains almost 16,000 images, 495 radio stories, 849 writing projects, 251 short documentary video projects, more than 500 articles in 56 publications, and 3 books created by over 1,000 Salt storytellers who have attended The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies since it began in 1973. Within all of those files almost 3,000 subjects fields have been tagged so that they are fully discoverable on this site…. Take a look around and you’ll find yourself jumping from a tale of lobstering in the ’70’s to a story exploring the lives of new immigrants looking to call Maine home. You’ll discover work documenting everything from the back-to-the-land movement, rural poverty, boatbuilders, hunting and migrant farmers to gender diversity, alleged alien abductions and cold-case crimes.”