Sharing Canadian Culture. Creating Digital Stories.
Unit Progress:

Digital Storytelling via Video

YouTube is full of examples, but if you look at the website for North York Community House (an immigrant service agency in Toronto), we think you’ll find some fine examples.Take a look at 2 or 3 and return here.

Digital Storytelling at North York Community House:

YouTube is full of examples. I personally have my favourites. Some videos by vloggers and other YouTube personalities totally fit with the idea of digital storytelling. Casey Neistat comes to mind. Have you ever seen his videos? (If you do check out his channel the best place to start is with the “Best of” playlist).

Casey Neistat’s work embodies many of the best traits of digital storytelling. There’s use of video, audio recording, music as a soundtrack, lots of DIY aesthetic, and always some creative titles (often hand drawn or rendered in some lo fi manner).

For a sample I suggest watching “Draw My Life.” It’s a simple concept for a video, and Casey tells the story of his life.


Casey Neistat’s “Draw My Life” documentary at YouTube:

Digital Storytelling via Audio

At Ancestry Project we believe that audio should be the focus and capturing audio is most important than software.

Soundcloud is a fantastic tool that allows anyone to upload an audio file and share it with the world. WSKG Public Broadcasting Youth Media in Binghampton New York, use Soundcloud to host student work. Their motto is “Empowering Youth Through Media & Education.”

Sincere Williamson, Grade 10 student from Binghamton, NY, shares his voice as part of the WSKG American Graduate project: “I want to graduate high school so I can be the third person in my family to graduate! I want to follow in my brother and sister’s footsteps.”

Here’s a screenshot of Mr. Williamson’s voice recording, hosted at Soundcloud:

screenshot digital storytelling at Soundcloud

Note that it’s possible to add imagery to the track, and give your player a customized appearance. In this case we see a photo.

Listen to the student track here:

If you click on the link to “wskg youth voice” you will see dozens of audio files from their program participants.

Of course, I also gave an example in the previous section from my own Scots to Canada project. That link was:

The audio for Scots to Canada was recorded in my home office using a portable Zoom handy recorder (H2) and edited in Adobe Audition. (More on equipment in the “Tools and Technology” section and in the “Introduction to Recording Audio” course).