Digital Storytelling: Stories Are Important, Providing Us with a Voice in Time and Place about Our Heritage

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Digital Storytelling: Stories Are Important, Providing Us with a Voice in Time and Place about Our Heritage

Joseph, Linda C., Multimedia & Internet@Schools

LEAVE a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital storytelling. Stories are important, providing us with a voice in time and place about our heritage. Rich digital stories can be created using many different technologies, such as iMovie, Moviemaker, Photo Story 3, and BubbleShare. Stories can then be published or broadcast over the Internet. To construct a lasting record, stories should also be preserved in print on acid free paper and both the digital and print copy should be donated to a repository such as a local library or museum.


American Folklife Center

Your first stop should be the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The wealth of material available is superb. Browse by subject or geographical area. Be sure to read "A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms" by Paddy Bowman, coordinator, Network for Folk Arts in Education. The entire document is available online and will provide valuable tips for gathering information for your digital story. For the serious teacher or student who wants to learn how to collect ethnographic materials, conduct interviews, and preserve information, read the booklet, Folklife and Fieldwork, by Peter Bartis. Then, explore the online collections such as Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier, Voices from the Dustbowl, FolkSongs of America, or Tending the Commons.

Center for Digital Storytelling

Visit the Digital Storytelling Center for valuable information about its programs and workshops. Workshops generally are 3-4 days in length with up to 15 participants. Contact the Center for details. Be sure to read the Digital Storytelling Cookbook listed under resources. It will serve as an excellent guide for developing your own lesson. The following topics are included in the booklet: Stories in Our Lives, Seven Elements, Approaches to Scripting, Storyboarding, Digitizing Story Elements, Introduction to Photoshop Elements, and Introduction to iMovie.

Digitales--The Art of Telling Digital Stories

Digitales presents seven steps to creating a 3- to 5-minute digital movie. Specific directions are provided for each step. Elements for writing the narrative or script provide direction in giving a story personal meaning. Story planning templates are included to assist in planning the project. Directions for planning digital folders are given. Even if you have had no experience with voice overs, these directions will assist you in completing the task. Gathering and preparing media resources offers students the opportunity to be creative and unique. Putting it all together provides helpful hints for thinking about the purpose and impact of the story.

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Bernard Robin from the University of Houston has developed an easy-to-follow guide for the uses of digital storytelling in the classroom, including a PowerPoint presentation. He also provides goals and objectives, step-by-step tutorials for technology tools, an evaluation rubric, and links to resources.

How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom

Lights, camera, action. Become the executive producer of student work using video. This site is helpful in discovering the many applications for using digital storytelling. Two teachers who use and encourage digital storytelling in the classroom offer advice that will be valuable for teachers new to this genre. In addition, there are examples of student work that show the power digital storytelling can provide for student organization, communication, and learning. The concept of collaboration and student teamwork is evident in these amazing student productions.


America 24/7

Tens of thousands of Americans had the opportunity to create a national family album during one ordinary week. More than a million digital photographs were submitted for inclusion in this amazing look at America.

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