What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component. Sophisticated digital stories can be interactive movies that include highly produced audio and visual effects, but a set of slides with corresponding narration or music constitutes a basic digital story. Digital stories can be instructional, persuasive, historical, or reflective. The resources available to incorporate into a digital story are virtually limitless, giving the storyteller enormous creative latitude. Some learning theorists believe that as a pedagogical technique, storytelling can be effectively applied to nearly any subject. Constructing a narrative and communicating it effectively require the storyteller to think carefully about the topic and consider the audience’s perspective. [Taken from 7 Things You Should Know about Digital Storytelling, by Educause]
If you are interested in using digital storytelling in your courses or programs, contact the ITT group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Digital Storytelling Resources
Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS)
An international nonprofit training, project development, and research organization that assists youth and adults around the world in using digital media tools to craft and record meaningful stories from their lives and share these stories in ways that enable learning, build community, and inspire justice.
50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story
A great site for free web 2.0 tools to help tell a story. Includes reflections on using them.
Digital Storytelling Working Group (DSWG)
Exploring Multimedia Narrative in the Liberal Arts is a group blog by educators around the country who share expertise and passion in Digital Storytelling, a methodology of creating short video stories rooted in the personal voice of the storyteller.