What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital storytelling is the creation of stories using electronic and digital media. Digital stories center on a particular theme and include a specific point of view. They include images, video, music, narration, and text, and are computer-generated. While they vary in length, the general guideline is three to five minutes, no more than ten. Topics often include, but are by no means limited to, personal narrative, remembrance of historical events, scientific research, or an introductory tale for a community. While fiction is an option, use of this medium for educational purposes lends itself better to nonfiction for assessment and content standards.

Enhanced Podcasts

Enhanced podcasts are a blend of imagery and narrative. They are a good tool because they are usually simply made, melding a montage of images with music or narration. These differ from digital storytelling in that they are simpler and easier to create.

Photo Essays
Photo essays are a collection of images that tell a story with a minimum or no text. We create photo essays when we put our vacation photos to music. These are a great tool because they engage the viewer by allowing him/her to make inferences about our meaning through arrangement, selection, and music choice.

Digital Storytelling

When we engage in digital storytelling, we create a richer, multilayered experience that offers a deeper meaning and personal investment for both the creator and the viewer.

Our favorite example of digital storytelling in DPS:

Digital Storytelling in Plain English