There’s a reason it’s called show and tell and not just tell. Computer-based images. Video clips. Text and graphics. Audio narration. Music and sound design. It’s all available. It’s all easy to use. And there’s no doubt that it can all take storytelling to the next entertaining, compelling level.
Digital Storytelling applies computer-based tools to traditional storytelling using images, music, video, text, and narration to express a point of view. Rooted in the foundation of the storytelling process, digital storytelling allows the author to further express his or her story in a digital medium. Just as a playwright tells his or her story on a stage, or a writer creates a story to be told on film, digital storytelling is an extension of the writing process.
From the beginning writer to the advanced storyteller, if a student has a story to tell, he/she can create a digital story. To assist with digital storytelling, there are many computer-based tools available that range in technical complexity. For suggested video, image, and audio editing tools appropriate for all experience levels of storytellers visit Tools & Resources.
Digital Storytelling allows for meaningful use of digital resources and authentic content in the classroom. A good source to learn more about integrating digital storytelling into your classroom can be found at www.digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu.
In addition, there are a number of key benefits: