Brianna Howarth is a 22-year-old who writes stories that vibrate with eerie tension. In one, a babysitter suddenly discovers that the children she’s sitting have vanished; in another, several teenagers break into their school to pull a late-night prank, only to find something seems to be hunting them. Classic YA horror, right?
Except these tales are told in a newfangled style: as a series of SMS messages. All of Howarth’s stories appear on Hooked, an iPhone app that lets anyone compose—and read—stories made entirely of texts, traded back and forth by the characters. “It’s like how we talk in everyday life,” Howarth says, “but with a new edge to it.” And it’s a glimpse into how technology, once again, is giving birth to new literary forms.
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@skipvia You may be interested in this app I found for #digitalstorytelling! Very cool. #ONID #ONID677 https://t.co/VdbYDS8lzy
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How to Make an Augmented Reality Book. #onid677 #onidar #ar #augmentedreality https://t.co/TX2qDHX8fZ
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Examplary Storify acthive with a message: Ode to Ada (Lovelace) @nvmischenko https://t.co/pYUIi3ngMA #onid #ed677 #onidcult
Please join us in creating a #twitterfiction story together. Retweet this! Thanks 2 @haileydbarger 4 pic. #onidts16 https://t.co/14lYuGXBs7
– D'Arcy Hutchings (poindekster) http://twitter.com/poindekster/status/704735606774095872
Ti instinctively opened her phone and was surprised to see this. She didn't recall having read it before. #onid16 https://t.co/Z7w0Tq2Fjs
RT @poindekster: New blog post: Elements of Digital Storytelling (or, My Journey to Understanding #DigitalStorytelling) #ONID… https://t.co…
New blog post: Elements of Digital Storytelling (or, My Journey to Understanding #DigitalStorytelling) #ONID… https://t.co/wbsuNrv3nA
– D'Arcy Hutchings (poindekster) http://twitter.com/poindekster/status/695364646161678336
#bryanalexander Thoughtful post from one of my Digital Storytelling grad students with references to NDS: https://t.co/GD5JFnXW9R
A fun and quite comprehensive guide to teaching online. #elearning https://t.co/GFenS9KqJP
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Storytelling has always been a significant part of history, but the means through which the stories have been told has evolved with each civilization. From the oral histories presented by bards in ancient courts, to the works of scribes during the Renaissance, to newspapers, CNN, and now the Internet, personal narrative has been used to communicate the events of the past. Digital media now combines tradition with technology and allows students to tell stories through voice, text, images, audio, and video.
Digital stories allow students to take a linear series of events and turn them into a multidimensional experience. It encourages them to communicate, collaborate, and research as well as to infuse media into the process. A plethora of tools and apps exists to create these projects, and all of them enable students to gain a deeper understanding of history as they explore the most effective way to retell it. Visit our digital storytelling apps page for recommendations for any device.
Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. The media used may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), animation, stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.