The pandemic has spurred me to explore digital storytelling. It was daunting at first. I had to train myself to look into the camera as if I was having eye contact with my audience. I soon got used to it and imagined my audience behind the camera hole. Then, amazingly I found out I could create different backdrops for my storytelling and so I can have many change of scenes to transport my audience from the jungle to the river to the insides of an elephant's mouth and back to the jungle. All with the click of a finger!
I could still interact and involve participation for the children as long as there is a good microphone on their side. But if they don't, there is the chat function!
The human brain is creative and it is up to us the push boundaries and explore the new territory of the digital world.
I have experiences storytelling on Zoom, Facebook LIVE and have made videos of storytelling performances for schools and organizations.
This is a National Arts Council-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) that provides preschool students with access to quality arts education experiences.
Asian Folktales are steeped in Asian culture and history. Many of them carry good morals that can be imparted to our young. Through games, songs and audience participation, the children will gain a multi-sensorial experience of the stories told and thus appreciate the sound of the language. Through structured play, the children will build emotional literacy and learn to get along with their peers as well as learn good character values. After listening to the storytelling, the children can participate in an extended activity of art and craft that will hone their motor skills and promote creativity.