There is a metric TON of info coming at us all the time and as you probably already know, we use narrative to make sense of stuff. It’s a way we cope with overload and get the heebeegeebees out of our guts (Alexander, 2011).
So what is a digital story? Well, they are a little like a swiss army knife. In their best form they should be multimodal, meaning there are different methods and media used to communicate the message. A digital story should be short, about two minutes or so. The content should have a specific focus and there should be a dramatic arc, just like any good book has (Chase, 2016).The content should be emotional and personal to the creator. What it doesn’t have to contain is the truth (Alexander, 2011; Chase, 2016). Muwahahahaha…..the possibilities are endless.
I think digital storytelling is the funnest thing a teacher could bring into the adult classroom and I think that to know one is to do one. Try creating your own digital story. Why not make one for others to use as a resource or simply to explore something going on in your own life? TALK about a good time. Am I right?
Alexander, B. (2011). The new digital storytelling: Creating narratives with new media. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from http://www.viu.eblib.com.ezproxy.viu.ca/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=678297&echo=1&userid=jXCORa5oP4U%3d&tstamp=1465009867&id=042FB0AF3910A896CC0C4F21B94F762C8C31259A
Chase, D. (2016). Digital Composition, Storytelling & Multimodal Literacy: What Is Digital Composition & Digital Literacy? Retrieved June 7, 2016, from http://guides.library.stonybrook.edu/digital-storytelling