Learn Digital Storytelling
One of the most popular initiatives we have had in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology has been Digital Storytelling (DST). As part of our learning philosophy at the CTLT, each of the liaisons has produced a DST of our very own. I will share mine with you in a moment.
But first, some of you may be asking yourself, “What is digital storytelling?”
According to the Center for Digital Storytelling, a digital story is a short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Joe Lambert, one of the pioneers of this project-based multimedia activity, describes digital storytelling as a process that infuses new media and technology tools with a compelling written narrative. Jason Ohler, an advocate of multimedia pedagogy in the classroom, indicates that digital storytelling is the ideal vehicle for blending traditional (reading, writing and speaking) and emerging (information technology) literacy development. In order to understand the composition of, and ultimately produce, a digital story, Lambert provides a conceptual framework of seven elements that serve as a guide throughout the production process. They include: point of view, a dramatic question, emotional content, the gift of your voice, economy, pacing and the power of a soundtrack.
Some fantastic student made DSTs can be found at: http://learndst.richmond.edu
To better understand the the 5-step process (writing, recording, searching, producing, and publishing) of digital storytelling, liaisons Hil and Matt created DSTs of their own.
Without further adieu…
“Despite popular misconceptions, our students’ online social networks closely align with their offline social networks.”
“My digital story interprets when I was eight or nine and my father arrived home early one day with the first Polaroid Land Camera we had ever seen. And the world changed.”