Digital story telling

Digital story telling is the combining of the art of telling stories with some mixture of digital graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and or photographs and music to present information on a specific topic. They often revolve around a theme and contain a particular viewpoint. Digital stories are typically just a few minutes long.

Types of digital stories

  1. Personal narratives
  2. Examination of historical themes and events
  3. Stories that inform or instruct eg deliver instructional content

In teaching and learning

For teachers digital stories can:
  • Be used to stimulate interest
  • Integrate multimedia into the session
  • Make difficult content more understandable
  • Facilitate classroom/online discussion
For students they can facilitate the development of the following skills:
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Organisation
  • Technology
  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Interpersonal
  • Problem-Solving

Some examples

Personal narratives

Almost paradise

Digital story telling - Getting started

Follow these simple steps:
  1. Write a storyboard or script.
  2. Collect images/video. Open source photo editor
  3. Import images/video Photostory Moviemaker Free Moviemaker tutorials You may also need Windows Media Player.
  4. Using Flickr photos
  5. Align images/video with script
  6. Add music and/or voice over. See podcasting for free music sites

More resources

More Tools for digital story telling.
Digital Story Telling Network

If you do not have access to a server space, to put it online follow the same steps you would to upload a vlog. or try Google video

Workshop presentation at Community Services Health Tourism and Recreation Curriculum Centre Conference 29 June 2007