Here is my first venture into digital storytelling. I constructed a simple six word story about a realization as a writer. I used a few tools to help me accomplish this image. First I used photosforclass.com, which helped me search for an image that went with my story, with the copyright condition that I could edit it. I used picmonkey to edit the image. I added the text for my six word story and used a texture tool to brighten the spot around the text and fade the rest a bit to make the writing visible.
I really appreciate all of the resources and platforms available for digital storytelling in education. As an English major, learner and writer, I not only love storytelling of any kind, I see wonderful importance in the sharing and communicating of ideas through stories. Digital storytelling adds more possible layers to the practice. Learners can be creative in how they tell and showcase their stories. Learners can connect and collaborate with others, and an important part of learning is belonging to a community of learners. Digital platforms expand that community. Digitizing stories, can get students considering their audience and final product with more interest/investment if they know a large number of people could possibly view their work. It also differentiates how they can possibly tell their stories. Learners can use their own voices, images, computer animation, etc.
Digital Storytelling fits into the English Language Arts curriculum in many places, including:
CC A10.1: Compose and create a range of visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts that explore:
- identity (e.g., Foundational Stories);
- social responsibility (e.g., Destiny and Challenges of Life); and
- social action (agency) (e.g., Human Existence).
CC B10.1: Compose and create a range of visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts to explore:
- identity (e.g., Diversity of Being);
- social responsibility (e.g., Degrees of Responsibility); and
- social action (agency) (e.g., Justice and Fairness).
CC 20.1: Create a range of visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts to explore:
- identity (e.g., Relationships with Family and Others);
- social responsibility (e.g., Evolving Roles and Responsibilities); and
- social action (agency) (e.g., The Past and the Present).
CC A 30.2: Create and present visual and multimedia representations including using photographs to explain a range of contemporary course-related perspectives or landscapes.
Digital storytelling is a great way to have learners create visual, multimedia, oral and written text, and is therefore a good tool to help learners to reach these outcomes and become engaged in the communication goals of the language arts curriculum.
What do you think of digital storytelling? Can you identify any other ways it could be helpful or tools that could be used in the activity? Have you used digital storytelling in your learning and/or teaching?