Don't just tell your stories ~ create them!
The older we get, the more stories we have to share about our life experiences. There are many ways to share those stories – in a journal, book, video, collage, audio, to name the most common – but in most of these cases, the sharing is one way. The storyteller does the writing or recording or art, or is videoed, and the audience sees or hears the story. In these formats the storyteller typically engages with just one artistic format that provides for sharing in a semi-passive role.
Both of my parents wrote autobiographies, typed on their computers while in their 70s; in the photo that's my Dad's on the left and my Mom's on the right. I cherish their stories, and have shared them with my children, and it is their typed documents that sparked my idea. Scratch provides a way to realize this idea. Please scroll down for more information!
What is Scratch?
Scratch is a dynamic storytelling environment that contains tools for crafting interactive, animated stories complete with audio, text, pictures, animation and video. The storyteller is able to craft the format for how they share their story, while creating a story that the audience can interact with as it unfolds. This is active (interactive) storytelling at its best!
At the left is a picture of my Scratch story. You can try it out here.
Learning something new that presents a challenge is one of the best ways to promote brain health!