Digital storytelling is an art form that involves telling our stories, recording and editing with software, and sharing with friends, family and the world via the web. The primary technical elements are: capturing voice, editing audio images and video clips, and editing with digital media tools. DS project stages include: planning, writing, discussion, recording and production.
Typically a participant begins with choosing a topic, brainstorming and writing. Optionally group work can be employed for practice and refinement of ideas. Often digital storytelling takes places in a community or educational environment and sessions are facilitated by teachers, trainers and workshop specialists.
An additional but useful step would be walking through the process and sharing examples. Participants can then see what’s gone before, and potentially model their work after favourites.
This course emphasizes a DIY approach that encourages educators and self-starters to get digital storytelling programs up and running quickly. Expertise is not necessary. Anyone with motivation can accomplish a great deal on their own or working in a small team.
Here’s an article at Medium which talks about digital storytelling in some detail:
Thaddeus writes “Remember: It’s the story, not the container that matters.” Do you agree?
We’ll discuss more about formats in the next unit “Formats: Audio, Video, Slideshows.”.