Digital storytelling

When using a storyline approach to education, it is important to reify – make a product – as a concrete result of the learning process. A digital story can be a very efficient reification, individually as well as for a group.

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of telling stories. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving another dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitall  (Leslie Rule).

My experience so far indicates that students or workshop participants become very eager and active once they get the grip on the technology involved and understand the approach to storytelling. Digital storytelling engages; the participants take initiative themselves, they quickly learn to assess and evaluate each other’s as well as own contributions critically. When working in groups they learn by dialogue and by trying out. They do research for a clearly defined task. They keep on doing critical editing until they are all content and proud of the product.

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling

A digital story as a rule has seven parts:

  1. Point of View – what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – a question that will be answered by the end of the story.
  3. Emotional Content – serious issues that speak to us in a personal and powerful way.
  4. The Gift of your Voice – a way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.
  5. The Power of the Soundtrack – music or other sounds that support the storyline.
  6. Economy – simply put, using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer with too much information.
  7. Pacing – related to Economy, but specifically deals with how slowly or quickly the story progresses.

Source:  Robin: The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Some points that might be worth considering or avoiding when you construct your stories:

1 Response to Digital storytelling

  1. N says:

    I heard about a great MOOC (free university online courses) entitled “The future of storytelling”, and I wanted to share the good news with everybody interested in storytelling.

    This MOOC will be about :
    – storytelling basics,
    – serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond),
    – storytelling in role-playing games,
    – interactive storytelling in video games,
    – transmedia storytelling,
    – alternate-reality gaming,
    – augmented reality and location-based storytelling,
    – the role of tools,
    – interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

    The course starts on October 25th, 2013 (so it’s time to share this news…)
    To discover the course and/or enrol, it’s at this URL :

    May be I’ll meet other readers of this blog in the MOOC?!

    Liked by 1 person

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