Digital Storytelling

Now you may be asking yourself, what exactly is digital storytelling? Wikipedia describes digital storytelling as the new practice of ordinary people who use digital tools to tell their 'story'. Digital storytelling is the modern extension of the ancient art of storytelling, now interwoven with digitized still and moving images and sound. They use mutlimedia that combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text and often are narrated. Digital stories can be very interactive. Gone are the days of boring slideshows that every student 'creates' but they are all the same. Now they can use screenr, voicethread, blabberize, glogster and forty six other different kinds of Web 2.0 tools that can be used. During this class I learned of a great creator by the name of Allan Levine or cogdog who has a wonderful website with 50 + 2.0 Web tools to help you decide what you and your students could use. Take some time exploring how students could create their stories.

Levine has orgainized the different 'genres' of storytelling into categories like slideshows, storybooks, collages, maps, audio, video etc. Under each category are examples of Web 2.0 tools that you and your students can explore. One example of how to begin using these tools in your classroom is to try out Tell a Story in 5 Frames using Flickr. It is a group in flickr where users can share photos and in each story there consists only a title and 5 photos - no captions or explanations.


"Tell a Story in 5 Frames has two important parts. The first part is creating and telling a story through visual means with only a title to help guide the interpretation. The second part is the response of the group to the visual story." From the group description-- Tell a Story in 5 Frames has two important parts. The first part is creating and telling a story through visual means with only a title to help guide the interpretation. The second part is the response of the group to the visual story. The group response can take many forms such as, a poetic or prose rendering of the visualization, a critique on the structure of the story, comments on the photograph, or other constructive forms of response. Telling and enjoying stories should create entertainment for the group as well as offer insight into the universal elements that help create a story for an international audience. The more people who respond , as either story tellers or respondents, the greater the reward for all. (http://www.flickr.com/groups/visualstory)



Enjoy this youtube video that Allan Levine created using many of the different Web 2.0 tools mentioned on his website.