Written stories, from features in National Geographic to blogs on Wordpress, are the bread and butter of the science online community. There's a staggering amount of diversity within that textual world, but many stories can bust out of pure text. They can live, and grow and be way more awesome when you add a little something extra. Maybe that's a podcast, or a graphic that explains what's going on. Maybe it's a slideshow, or an animation. Maybe it's a simple timeline, to clear up the order of events. Maybe it's taking that tiny nugget of the story and turning it into a cartoon. The same is true of lectures, videos and podcasts. You have words in the script, yes, but there's also lighting, sound, intonation and even the pauses between -- all powerful and vastly underutilized tools for communication. Whatever it might be, this session hopes to help you think about building out - beyond text and into the magical non-textual world. Participants will discuss examples of where build outs have worked and failed, and be able to brainstorm their own projects. The session will be predominantly theoretical, but tools to accomplish those build-outs will also be touched upon. Session attendees will walk away with a sense for the possibilities that are out there for giving their text some miracle-grow.
- You story is really cool, but it could be cooler. How can you push your story further? How do you think beyond text?
- You wrote a story. Yay! Now what about the data, graphics, interactives, podcasts, slideshows, interpretive dances and more?
- We have roughly 2500 years experience with stagecraft (at minimum). How can we apply that to science lectures?