This Teenage Life 😻🎙️ 


Day 1 : 🐌 💬 🦄


Rules of Engagement

  • No meaness
    (e.g. no eye-rolling, shooting other people down)

  • Listen & ask questions

  • What's said in this room stays here.

  • No recordings shared without permission.

  • When recording, don't tap, fidget, interrupt.

  • No random air dropping.

People Cards


  • With partner, choose still photo (can be your face, an object or something you love)

Mocking up your card on hover effects


The point is to add an effect that says something about who you are or your aesthetic

Let's go through Ashlen's process of mocking up her card

Add any combo of these effects...

  • Change image Size (see Cloe)
  • Change image Color (see Taylor/Penelope)
  • Spin/rotate back and forth
  • Song/sound effect plays
  • Change image to something else:
    • same photo but different effect in Toon Camera
    • same photo but it's drawn on, so it looks like drawings magically appear
    • baby photo
    • photo of your favorite food, flower, activity, cartoon character, emoji, etc.

Ideas for Changing Photo on Hover


  • Changing into your pet
  • You turn into your favorite cartoon character
  • Your favorite food pops up
  • If you like the ocean, you modify photo in drawing app so looks like it's underwater

Modify Photo to look like Drawing


Download the "Toon Camera" App for $2 or "clip2comic" for free

Give/text/airdrop:

  • ORIGINAL photo (without cartoon effect) and name
  • Modified photo (with cartoon effect) which will be front of card
  • Image you want for the "on hover" effect
  • Mock up drawing with your name, text you want to use for back of card, and name of font you'd like (google fonts)

Back of your card — Ideas!

  • 1-2 sentences about yourself — things you like, what you care about, what you value, etc.
  • Bullet-point stats about you: Age, favorite emoji, least-favorite condiment, favorite childhood TV show, etc.
  • A haiku
  • Rupi Kaur style poem
  • Favorite quote

A first of mine...


Examples of great storytelling

Miss Divine

Details, tone, relationship of the tellers >> Greatness

Danny and Annie

Characters/relationship >> Greatness

Stories that are great because they're TOLD well.

Santaland Diaries — first 10m

Laura Buxton

Stories that are great because they're miraculous.

First Day/Trouble Stories


Go off with 1-2 other person. Talk about and record either:

  • good, horrible, embarassing, disappointing first days (e.g. school, joined team, trying sushi, got a dog, had a sibling etc.).
  • a time you got in trouble— and it was fair, unfair, funny, worth it, not worth it, because of peer pressure, etc.
  • Think of at least two stories that you may be willing to share with the group

Examples: The first time/day you...

  • Played in a [X] game?
  • Performed with your band
  • Played your favorite video game
  • Decided to speak in class
  • Did laundry
  • Went camping
  • You were an older sibling
  • First day of high/middle school?
  • First day you said something to a crush you felt shy to talk to
  • You changed X habit

Lunch (1 hr)

Rest of Day:


  • Recording as big group — firsts
  • Analyze
  • Record more

Recording Norms

Be Nice

Speak loudly

Don't Interrupt

Check your fidgeting!

Recording (45M)


Be Nice — Speak loudly — Don't Interrupt— Check your fidgeting!


  • Played in a [X] game?
  • Performed with your band
  • Played your favorite video game
  • Decided to speak in class
  • Did laundry
  • Went camping
  • You were an older sibling
  • First day of high/middle school?
  • First day you said something to a crush you felt shy to talk to
  • You changed X habit

Reflection/Looking Ahead

  • Stories you want to do and with whom doing which roles(conference room)

Day 2


  • Listen to stories
  • Break out into small groups 🎤
  • Walkthroughs and Editing
  • Lunch 🍱
  • Individual Stories/ worktime
  • Reflect 🧠

Brian Read on Action, Reflection, and Stakes...

Audacity / Garage Band Walkthrough

Editing Podcasts


  • 2 Editors: Audacity/garage band — denoise and put anecdotes in order
  • 2 Hosts:Write and record interludes
  • Music: search on creative commons or make own

Afternoon


  • Part 1: Recording individual stories and texting to me (and host) [30-45m]
  • Part 2: Working on own projects: editing, cards, blog
  • Part 3: 1 big group recording [starts at 3:15PM]

Individual stories: Dreams

  • What are some dreams which have stuck with you?
  • Record in Voice Memo or voice recording app as 90 second story and text to mj and 858-735-4076

Individual stories: Self Doubt

  • When has self doubt gotten in the way of you doing something you thought was important or meaningful?
  • Do you ever feel like you aren't allowed to have an opinion?
  • What excuses do you think of to stop you from contributing to something in a conversation? (e.g. it may be offensive, stutter, etc.)
  • Do you ever refrain from doing something because you're not sure if it's normal?
  • Record in Voice Memo or voice recording app as 90 second story and text to mj and 858-740-4354