Down and Dirty with Digital Storytelling

There was a time, not too long ago, that very few educators had ever heard the term “Digital Storytelling.” Now, many conferences feature over a dozen presentations on the topic. While many educators are now aware of the theory and concepts, a number of people are apprehensive about taking the plunge into DST because they are not sure about the specific “nuts and bolts” of coordinating a project for students. Through trial and error, I have found a set of strategies that streamline the process and permit students to achieve the best results.
“Classic” DST focuses on seven elements for creation: Point (of view), Dramatic Question, Voice, Pacing, Soundtrack, Economy, and Emotional Content (Lambert). While most teachers easily recognize these elements, the true challenge emerges: how to get students to display them in their own stories. The first step a teacher must take is to develop a sequential set of steps, and promote specific expectations for each step. Click each of the following links to find out more.

Developing Story topics

Writing the story


Supplementing images from the web


Digital editing

Recording voice over

Choosing a soundtrack


Production and presentation

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