What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital storytelling is the process of writing about a story, adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and music to create a visual story.

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What Makes Up a Good Digital Story
  • Voice
  • Still Frame Imagery
  • Video
  • Music
  • Additional elements such as black space, text, transitions, title slides

Six Elements of a Good Digital Story
  1. Living in Your Story
  2. Unfolding Lessons Learning
  3. Developing Creative Tension
  4. Economizing the Story Told
  5. Showing NOT Telling
  6. Developing Craftsmanship

Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling
  1. Point of View - An underlying theme, lives on beyond the
    story itself
  2. Dramatic Question - Does the guy get the girl?
  3. Emotional Content - Add depth and meaning, connect with
    others through the addition of emotion
  4. The Gift of Your Voice - It's you, and it makes it your story...
  5. The Power of the Soundtrack - Another opportunity to connect emotionally
  6. Economy - Can you illustrate and tell your story
  7. Pacing - Having rhythm to sustain interest

Types of Stories

  • Everything you always wanted to know about getting into college.
  • How the United Way supports our community.
  • Careers for the 21st century
  • Tree to table: the process of making maple syrup
Investigative report
  • What’s behind the increase in student activity fees?
  • Does our town need a BMX track?
  • Should our school switch to block scheduling?
  • Should the school store sell healthy foods instead of candy and pop?
  • Track and field day at Monroe Middle School
  • Homecoming week
  • The Governor visits our school
  • All-school reunion week
  • The story behind the old 1st National Bank building
  • How the lumber industry shaped our community
  • Our town’s Civil War heritage
  • How immigration changed the face of the county
  • A talented local artist and her work
  • Famous graduates of Central High School
  • New teachers at our school: their hopes for the future
  • Principal Martinez on the new attendance policy
Fiction: comedy
Satires or parodies are often easiest for your audience to relate to. Saturday Night Live does a lot of parodies of things like movie scenes, TV commercials, game shows, and talk shows. One of the best parodies I’ve ever seen on TV was a take-off on the Beatles, called The Rutles: All you need is cash. You might be able to rent it at the video store. Of course, if you’re not familiar with the original, a parody won’t be all that funny to you!
Fiction: drama
One of my students once wrote and produced an interesting teleplay about teenage drinking and driving. You might also try a retelling of a fable, myth or tall tale.
Music video
These can either be representations of live performances or they can visually tell a story that is suggested by the lyrics. Matching the visuals to the beat of the music is very important. Your local garage band will love it if you make a video featuring their best song!
Promotional / Motivational
Products, services and events are all things that might benefit from a promotional video. Schools and non-profit groups are often looking for help in promoting their programs and events.
Video can be a great teaching tool. A “how to” video could be useful anywhere groups of people have a need to be trained in some procedure.
Video montage
In a video montage , selected images centering on a specific theme are sequenced to convey a particular mood or meaning. A montage is often, but not always, accompanied by music. The montage might be related to a poem that would be read on the sound track. For example, a montage entitled Signs of Autumn might include pictures and sounds of colorful woodlands, leaves falling, people raking leaves, birds migrating, kids waiting at the school bus stop and high school football games.

Examples of Digital Stories

Creative Narrations
I Can
The Center for Digital Storytelling
50 Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story
3 Words Video Example - from Good Morning America


Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Bernajean Porter - DigiTales
Jennifer Dorman's Digital Storytelling Wiki


Tools for Digital Storytelling
Animoto for Educators

Free Sound, Music and Graphic Resources

  • Free Play Music. It's an amazing site; you can choose music based on type, mood and length.
  • Bravenet. Lots there.
  • GarageBand. Specializing in new music by new artists.
  • Microsoft Office Online. A good source of images and music.
  • Free Images. A good source of photos, other images.
  • Pics4Learning - A copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
  • Creative Commons. An interesting web spot where you can post your original work and use original work created by others. It is a portal with many, many free graphics, pictures, photos and more.
  • Open Source Archives