Workshop Blog - Session One
WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?
Hi all! Welcome!
It's just possible that I'm as nervous here as I would be if I were standing at the front of a tutorial room doing the intro session... doesn't feel that different (I've just made a long list of things I must remember to say!!).
However, because we're working in a written medium, I'm going to endeavour to keep it short, simple and sweet!
This is session one of ten that will take place over the next five weeks. Whilst members of the Digital Storytelling workshop will be actually CREATING stories, the rest of you (mentors, facilitators, researchers, designers etc) are invited to actively participate... I'm hoping you'll all make an effort to get to know one another, just as you would if we were all in the same room. To help this happen - please join whatever groups you're interested in and 'friend' as many interesting people as possible. From time to time I'll be posting questions and activities 'tailored' for each groups interests, in an effort to lure you into forum discussions. If you've got something you want to talk about please feel free to start your own thread.
Right! Enough housekeeping!
Firstly, have you downloaded the overview manual? DO IT NOW!
'How do I make a Digital Story' RFT_overview_manual.pdf
Have you watched some of the other stories on the site? They'll give you an idea of what you've gotten yourself in for : ) PLEASE, PLEASE
post comments to tell the storytellers what you thought, how their tale made you feel, whether there are people you'd like to share their story with... many of them are here in the RFT space as mentors but don't forget they are just starting on the journey of sharing their story with the world, so they're keen to hear from you!
You may also like to have a look at digital stories on some of the sites in the 'interesting links' forum... and if you find some favourites let us know!
Session One Activity
Tell a story about your name
... how did you get it? Did you get hassled at school because of it? Have you made your own modifications?
Ultimately the point is: like our identity (gender, sexual, metaphysical etc) we don't normally have a lot of control over how we are labelled... however, we can
choose how we'll live with our names, just as we choose how we'll define ourselves...
If doing this gets you thinking more about identity
you might want to post some thoughts on the 'GLBTQIA'
You might also like to add a few sentences on why you're here... what you're hoping to get out of the whole 'Rainbow Family Tree' experience ; )