Ebb & Flow: Ipswich schools digital stories project

27 June 2011 in digital fiction

Over the past year I’ve been involved in helping to set up and facilitate ‘Ebb & Flow’, a collaboration between five Ipswich secondary schools, five digital writers, USC, and artsroute, an innovative arts-in-schools project based in Ipswich. 

‘Ebb & Flow’ took shape slowly, starting with a boattrip down the River Orwell with all the kids last autumn, to collect digital assets - photos, videos, sounds, etc - for the project.  The project then continued with digital story workshops run by digital writers Tim Wright, Chris Meade, and JR Carpenter.  I helped run two further workshop days to begin to pull the project together, before Andy Campbell of One to One Development Trust stepped in to design and create the fabulous website for the project. 

Tony Newman of artsroute and I have learned a lot from creating ‘Ebb & Flow’ - in fact we might have learned more about how not to run a schools digital stories project then anything else.  However, we are both incredibly pleased with the outcome, with the wonderful stories and images you’ll find on ‘Ebb & Flow’, and for the way that students, teachers, and writers worked together to think about new ways of telling stories. 

For those of us who are interested in such things, Andy has also created a version of the project that is viewable on smartphones - just go to the project url using your phone’s browser: http://www.ebbflow.co.uk/  .

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