Digital Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.
- Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association
  • Why would you use digital storytelling in your teaching?
  • What types of material/content can be used?

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling

The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) in Berkeley, California is known for developing and disseminating the Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling, which are often cited as a useful starting point as you begin working with digital stories.

  1. Point of View - What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question - A key question that keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story.
  3. Emotional Content - Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice - A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.
  5. The Power of the Soundtrack - Music or other sounds that support and embellish the storyline.
  6. Economy - Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing - The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.


Digital Storytelling Overview