Digital Storytelling engages students, teachers and really anyone who wants to tell their story visually by combining a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video, animation, and publishing online. Daniel Meadows, creator of Photobus, defines digital stories as "short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart... and that these stories can be created by people everywhere, on any subject, and shared electronically all over the world." He also sees digital stories as "multimedia sonnets from the people" in which photographs discover the talkies, and the stories told assemble in the ether as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a gaggle of invisible histories which, when viewed together, tell the bigger story of our time, the story that defines who we are."
Telling our stories is easier now with the tools we have at our fingertips. Here are some results:
- Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project
- Digital Clubhouse Network
- Digital Stories
A digital story, if planned well, can engage any audience. Digital storytelling works for individuals and groups. Just imagine a group of students planning their story, storyboarding what will happen when, and who will be responsible for what. It is project-based learning at its best.
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