"Digital Storytelling refers to using digital tools so that ordinary people can tell their own real-life stories” (Wikipedia, 2009). This emerging form connects storytellers and technology through the power of imagery, voice and video resulting in short digital narratives. This digital format gives students the opportunity to enhance their communication skills by exploring storytelling through multimedia platforms.
The Educause Learning Initiative has published a great article titled 7 Things You Should Know About…Digital Storytelling.
The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling serves as a resource for students and teachers interested in integrating multimedia into technology-based projects.
Center for Digital Storytelling is an international organization committed to helping people tell meaningful digital stories.
The Elements of Digital Storytelling website explores five elements essential in each story: action, media, context, relationship and communication.
DigiTales provides resources for schools, families and organizations ready to use digital tools in the storytelling process.
Camilla School has great multimedia applications available for digital storytelling projects:
• Photo Story 3
• Windows Movie Maker
Tech 7 students were introduced to Photo Story 3 for Windows in October and asked to create a visual story of the four seasons. Photo Story 3 software was new to students as well as the concept of digital storytelling, so they were eager to explore the digital possibilities of this project. All of the images used in the four seasons presentations were collected from the Microsoft Office Online free gallery. Specific technical and communicative elements outlined in the development of this story included the use of:
• Title frames
• Customized motion
• Cropping, visual effects
• Transitions and timing
• Conclusion collage
Wikipedia (2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_storytelling
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