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Panamanian – Digital Storytelling

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is a way to share a life story or learning journey using a variety of media. The development of technology that allows users to edit amend and create multimedia assets easily to bring a story to life.

You can find out more by watching the following:

Where does digital storytelling feature in education?

Storytelling has been a method of teaching for generations. Many different communities have shared their experiences through stories. Therefore, digital storytelling has a place in education to help convey a message. In the UK, digital storytelling is used in both primary and secondary schools to help learners understand a topic and peoples experiences of that subject. For example, in history stories of WW2 are used to convey how different elements of the war played out.

In adult education, storytelling is used to describe experiences of the workplace to allow learners on vocational courses to learn from scenarios and share good practice.

TASK 1: watch some examples of digital storytelling and discuss these with a friend. Read more at educause

How do I tell a good story.

Good stories have a start, middle and an end, leading the reader on journey through the tale. The reader should be able to identify what the story is about and why they should invest time in reading the rest of the work. It is a good idea to set the scene first by telling the reader about the context in which the story is taking place, describing the setting or why the story should be told.

The story should flow from this initial introduction, through a themed plot and lead to an ending which should not leave the reader with any questions (unless you throw in a plot twist at the end). It is also a good idea to add a little drama in the piece by developing an issue that needs to be solved, or a bad guy that needs to be defeated.

You will want to have expressed emotion and feelings to allow the reader to create and attachment to the story or characters, so that they read until the end.

You can explore more by reading about Narrative Theory.

Tools for Digital Storytelling

A digital storyteller should have access to the following kit:

Video camera – for making moving images, careful that filesizes do not get too big

Still camera – for making still images, check the quality of your images, better quality images can be increased in size without affecting the images, though this does make the file size bigger.

Smartphone/tablet – these often combine a video camera and still camera , and the images are often ideal sizes for the web. The quality is never as good as a specific video camera or still camera

Online picture editor

Video editing software – such as Windows moviemaker or iMovie.

Cloud storage via onedrive – storing your assets in the cloud allows you to access them from anywhere to continue your story. Plus, presenting your story on a cloud based solution (see below) allows you to share your story easier.


TASK 2: identify what you need for your own digital story toolkit


Presenting your digital story

Once you have collect all of your assets (text, pictures, videos etc) there are lots of ways you can present your story. Web 2.0 has enabled lots of tools that are easy to use and develop a story. For example, you could make use of the free blogging tool wordpress to tell your story like the Hitched Hikers. Or you could use the presentation tools Sway or Prezi.

TASK 3: explore Sway and Prezi and evaluate them as tools to use to present your digital story.



Digital Storytelling task

TASK 4: Use Sway to tell your digital story of your time at Bradford College. Include as many different media as you can, while maintaining the narrative of your story. Take lots of pictures and videos using your smartphone or euipment borrowed from Central Media on 2nd floor. You should include what you have learnt during your time in the UK and what ideas, theories and thoughts are you taking back to Panama.

You will be expected to present your digital story in the next class on Thursday 3rd November at 1.30pm