Joan Giampa

Digital storytelling is a method of telling a story utilizing multimedia technology as the medium.  Multimedia can include, voice, music, text, photography and video.  The stories are generally short and powerful emotional messages written and narrated by the person or situation in process.

Digital storytelling can also convey different kinds of messages such as stories about survival, memoriam, adventure and accomplishment.  There are seven elements to a digital story:

  1. Point of view
  2. example
  3. Emotional content
  4. Voice
  5. Pacing
  6. Economy
  7. soundtrack

The most important element is point of view as it should answer the dramatic question which threads throughout the content of the storyline.

The most important issue with digital storytelling is the quality of the script.  The script should be written with the phrase in mind that less is more.  The story is carefully planned and crafted and then like all art forms becomes a public statement no longer in ownership of the maker and takes on a life of its own.  The content is important, but the process of making the film is equally important.  Good craftsmanship can make or break a digital story and when done properly, allows the viewer to engage without the technological medium impairing the story.

In short this method of storytelling has many advantages to the educational system of our society as a whole.  New technologies and websites such as You Tube are great ways to promote you story and there is free software available for anyone to be able to capture their story and digitize it for the world.

Category: W2: Digital Story
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