We’re proud to present our newest and youngest digital storytellers! Download for free on your iPad the imaginative and worldly storybook apps created by children ages 8-13 at our Digital Storytelling Summer Camp!.Take a journey to Egypt, India, Canada, the Bahamas, China, Spain and England. Part of Startup Summer Institute, held at the Howard University School of Mathematics and Science, the workshop blended storytelling, global adventures, world cultures, interactive technology, app development, and creativity. One camper described her story as a “roma” – a romance and drama.
Held the last two weeks of July, the first week focused on storytelling, designing, illustrating, writing, visual presentation and character sketching. Campers had to choose a country in the world, create a character from that country and write a story about that country with text, audio, video, photography and illustration. Our illustrator Alison Nicola stopped by that week to help the campers polish their character sketches. They started their illustrations on Procreate app. The second week, using the Demibooks ComposerPro authoring tool for the iPad, each child was able to take their work and make their own storybook apps. ComposerPro is an app that helps make apps – easy to use for the kids but also giving them critical programming logic skills, user interface experience and animation skills.
“…you didn’t have GOOGLE in high school? That’s like a different dimension!” – Camper
Storytelling is age old. In Mali hired storytellers come to weddings and other celebrations to entertain and engage with tales in animated and exciting ways. We have put much emphasis on storytelling at the Global Sleepover. Our stories are rich in content and adventure. We wanted to replicate this experience and way of relating to the world for our campers. We discussed everything from the traditional story arc, to character development, to work makes a good and bad story. We also discussed the wonderful and creative multimedia options easily available to us today to tell a story. Is there something that is better related to the video then through text?
“And to see so many young black males so enthusiastic about writing interactive story books and the skills required to make the books is remarkable. This experience also afforded the students to be exposed to other parts of the world which they incorporated into their stories. We see how these books written by young black youth could encourage other young black youth and others to read more especially since the books have interactive features and real live characters. These digital books can be easily shared widely and globally.”
– Parent of Startup Summer Institute Camper
To download the interactive storybook apps on your iPad generation 2 or higher:
- Download Demibooks Share App from the App Store (http://bit.ly/DemibooksShare) or search for “Demibooks Share” in iTunes.
- Install the app. The app launches in “Store” view. The Startup Summer Institute Digital Storytelling projects will be at the top of the Store.
- At any time you can also find the books created under the Startup Summer Institute Digital Storytelling Camp by touching the school’s logo in the “Featured” section or using Search-Schools.
- Press download to download any book. The book will download to “Library.” Touch the book icon after download to read the book. Once done reading, touch the red X icon on the top right of any page to exit the book.
- Once you have read a book you can comment, rate and share in Book Details. Touch the book icon in Store to go to Book Details. We encourage everyone to leave comments, rate and share!
- Isaiah King, Captain Kid, Egypt
- Conflicting Story of a Bollywood Romeo and Juliet
- David Hill, Wipeout, the Bahamas
- Mandy Uris-Chambers, Raining in Spain, Spain
- Aminah Martin, A Royal Pain, England
- Jeremiah Heath, Bruce Lee The Chinese Warrior, China
Go here for Kristin Reiber Harris’ blog about teaching ComposerPro to the campers the second week!This blog post was written by Geeta Raj with support by Alison Nicola, Rafiq Ahmed and Kristin Reiber Harris. For a Digital Storytelling Workshop at your school, organization or camp, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org