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2015-2016 Workshops: Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

Co-facilitated by the Library and Academic Technology Services, this session will introduce faculty and staff to the digital storytelling techniques of blogging, podcasting, storymapping, and timeline creation.

Storytelling can serve as a dynamic and engaging communication method for the classroom, office, student work, and your professional brand. Come learn about its value and how it can benefit you.

Tuesday, December 15: 11:00-12:00 or 1:30-2:30

Digital Storytelling in Education

There are several ways to incorporate digital stories into education:

  • Incorporate existing stories into your curriculum or department.
  • Create stories for your student or professional audience.
  • Ask students to create stories of their own.

What is Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. In general, digital storytelling revolves around the idea of combining storytelling with a variety of multimedia, including graphics, audio, video, and web publishing.

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The Power of Stories

Whether it’s in traditional oral or digital format, storytelling is a powerful teaching tool because it:

  • Grabs and retains the ones attention
  • Engages and provides an emotional connection
  • Enhances discussion, problem posing, and problem solving
  • Gives opportunities to share their personal experiences
  • Can change beliefs and thinking
  • Facilitates remembering

Digital Storytelling Skills

By implementing digital storytelling in your classroom students practice the following skills:

  • Research: Students do extensive research on the topics they have chosen.
  • Resource Selection: The most appropriate images, video clips, and other media, to convey targeted ideas are chosen, as well as the best media for the presentation (digital magazine, movie trailer)
  • Script Writing: Writing skills (a critical part of the digital storytelling process) are improved.
  • Voice-Overs: Narration of the script adds authenticity to the videos and improves public speaking skills.
  • Technical Skill Development: During the many hours spent editing videos, students have to decide when to zoom, which image is best, when to add voice-overs, etc. Learning these technical skills enables students to create progressively more interesting and engaging videos.
  • Collaboration: By working in groups, students are active in the learning process and practice social skills.
  • Presentation: Students might deliver their presentation to a real audience. They learn not only from their own digital storytelling productions, but also from those of former and current peers.
  • Creativity Expression: The creative use of technology is perhaps the most interesting aspect of digital storytelling.

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