This webinar is hosted in English
Transmedia Storytelling: Learning through Narrative Engagement Out of Time www.outoftimemedia.com with Robin Stevens Payes
A sequel to Interactive Online Storytelling Out of Time Out of Time: Story Sets the Stage for Memory, Sustained Learning. While the flipped classroom has disrupted traditional learning models, what if that outside-in model could further improve learning through story—where young people identify, interact and actively direct the outcome. Out of Time Media is the outgrowth of a young adult time travel adventure story, Out of Time: two STEM-smart teens build a time machine that takes them to the distant past to encounter the superheroes of history amid the trials and tribulations of learning a culture not their own. A screenplay and novel, our girl hero is a self-proclaimed modern Renaissance genius who is determined to prove she can, in fact, “know it all”, like her Florentine idol Leonardo da Vinci.
This transmedia, interactive storytelling adventure—designed to unfold in film, book, Web and social media—is taking Khan-style learning to a new level of resonance by allowing teens to engage through the eyes of two strong and compelling characters: a feisty, modern teenaged girl, Charley Morton; and the mysterious, talented and mesmerizing Leonardo. Out of Time Media brings them together in one online place (www.outoftimemedia.com), where flipped learning, social learning and storytelling can map to the Common Core beyond STEM, and even beyond STEAM (+ arts integration) to a new level of broad MASTERS Learning (Math + Arts + Sciences + Technology + Engineering + Reflective/Social and Emotional Learning, plus Language Arts, History, critical thinking, writing and society).
Why storytelling as the framework? Stories tap into a deep universal need for understanding and making sense of our place in the world (Joseph Campbell on The Hero’s Journey). Today, researchers are also uncovering the biologically-driven mechanisms of building self-identification and meaning through story by measuring brain response and variations in memory to fact-based learning vs. story-based learning (Paul Zak, Empathy, Neurochemistry and the Dramatic Arc).
Nowhere is this impulse towards identity building stronger than among adolescents, for whom building an identity outside the family and within their peer society is now seen to be a biological—and perhaps even evolutionary—imperative (Laurence Steinberg interview, “Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different,” New York Times, 2009). And though teens may not want their entertainments mixed in with teaching, they do want their learning mixed with entertainment. Out of Time provides the perfect mix.
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I am a consultant in social marketing specializing in education and health. I am also parent to three great kids. I drove a lot of carpools back in the day (1993-2010 was the apex of my career as the chauffeur mom in the silver Volvo station wagon—ancient history yet ever-present), and relished spying on the candid conversations playing out in the back of the car.
My passion is storytelling. So I started surreptitiously jotting down some of the backseat banter and, as my kids grew up, noted how their language, ideas and attitudes transformed along with their bodies and brains. It was a complete anthropology lesson in teen social psychology that, as a mom, I found exasperating, but as a writer and science interpreter, I found fascinating.
The result was a flight of fancy from childhood—out of time. Literally. Begun in 1997, I have recently completed writing a screenplay, “Out of Time”, whose protagonist, Charley Morton, is a 13-year old middle school girl and self-styled Renaissance Genius, à la her Florentine Idol, Leonardo da Vinci.
I am founder and principal of WordsWork Communications where I draw on the science of storytelling to work with companies, educational institutions, nonprofits and government agencies to strengthen their brand and tailor messages to effectively reach audiences through strategic social marketing and behavior change communications. I am co-author with Richard Payes of a suspense novel, Satan’s Mortgage.