Out of Time is a young adult time travel adventure story currently in screenplay, Twitter serial story and novel.
Author and creator Robin Stevens Payes envisions expanding beyond novels, interactive Twitter story experiment and screenplay to support informal interactive learning through the use of story. She is looking for help to create educational tools around this story.
Looking to use this class to start a conversation and gain feedback from teens and teachers on ways to use the story, characters and time travel to supplement classroom and textbook with games, resources, quizzes, and exercises for writing, arts, history, STEM and others.
Participants in the class will also gain insights into how to follow and direct an interactive storytelling experiment, and how followers have already begun helping shape the story on Twitter.
Robin Stevens Payes has written a YA time travel adventurescreenplay, "Out of Time", about a teen genius and da Vinci-wannabe Charley Morton who adapts modern technology to travel to 1492 Florence to meet her Florentine idol, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo is fascinated by this visitor from another time, but others fear her powerful magic. Her illuminated “slate” reveals unimaginable mysteries that defy the wisdom of even the most enlightened among them. Hunted for witchcraft she must either divulge secrets that will change history or be burned for heresy and, worse, miss winning her school science fair.
Along the way, it became apparent that Charley and her friends were not content to wait to be adapted to the big screen to share their story: they are now tweeting and inviting engagement from teens and adults alike @OutofTimeMovie (https://twitter.com/OutofTimeMovie).
She is also working on the novelization of the screenplay as part of a YA series that examines different cultures and characters through the lens of history, science, arts and technology. I'm also in the process of developing a Web site that she would like to use to promote interactive informal learning based on Charley's travels and adventures.
It would be very useful to have seasoned educators, elearning and ed tech specialists involved in the design, implementation and engagement through these various technologies. Robin Stevens Payes would also love to recruit a "Teen Tweet Team" to regularly engage in the Twitter conversation and help direct the adventure going on in that space, and to offer feedback in developing online educational materials to allow teens to learn "deeper" about time periods and these subjects.
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, &#224; 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.