This week we explore Digital Storytelling and how it could be used in our classrooms and we are reflecting on the question:

How does this new form of storytelling differ from forms in the past?

There are a few different definitions out there for “digital storytelling” but most of our readings agree that a digital story is a story that is told through the use of images, videos, animations, or music, and with a voice-over that narrates the story. This article from Educase outlines seven things we should know about digital storytelling and I think is a great starting point for this week. These two videos below align quite well with the Educase explanation

Thinking about these explanations and descriptions of digital storytelling, how could you use (or how have you already used) this kind of project in your classroom? Here is a whole host of resources (from Lee Watanabe-Crockett) that you could use to create digital stories with your students. I would love to read about projects that you have already done or projects that you are inspired to do.

Creating a digital story is likely to be more challenging than a written story so why do you think that it would be a worthwhile task to invest in?

While we are here I think it would be a missed opportunity if we didn’t take a moment to look at some variations of the digital story and how major publications have made a shift in storytelling because of the advance of technology. Finding Home tells the story of Heln and her family as they seek asylum in Europe, Back In Touch looks at Love, loss and reconnection: Stories of life in Sierra Leone after Ebola, and Snowfall recounts the avalanche at Tunnel Creek. While they might move beyond our earlier definitions of Digital Stories they are certainly making powerful use of digital media to engage readers in their stories.

By the End of Week 4

  • Four blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet (Last week there was a typo that said two instead of three – sorry!)
    • For GET Certification you should complete this week’s task with a Trainer lens: how might you use digital storytelling in an upcoming training?
  • Four comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more but only log one per week.
  • Start (or continue) to think about your project for this course. If you wanted to propose a project that isn’t listed please let me know!

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