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What is Digital Storytelling

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What is Digital Storytelling?



"Alan Kay describes the tension between storying and critical analysis succinctly by comparing theater and political rallies. While they appear very similar in terms of activity and production values, they make two very different demands upon the viewer as learner: theater demands we suspend our disbelief, while political rallies demand we critically analyze everything we see.



Our challenge as educators who want to use digital storytelling across the curriculum is to harness the tremendously persuasive power of the story form through a process that imbues it with reflection, problem solving and reasoned thinking. That is, we must use the story form as a vehicle for learning and critical thinking, while not relinquishing its ability to engage and inspire".


Ohler, J. (2006).  Digital and traditional storytelling. www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/#Stories_vs_reports Retieved March 24, 2006.






  1. First and foremost, a well-crafted, concise narrative (250-375 words).
  2. Visual media:   Typically, personal photos that are Photoshopped to adapt for screen projection and short video clips, images that represent story elements metaphorically.


  3. A recorded "voice over" in the storyteller's own voice.
  4. A musical soundtrack.
  5. DIgital editing using multi-media software that allows control over transitions, "motion" , special effects, placement of story elements in the timeline.



Seven Elements of Digital Stories:


  1. A First Person Point of View
  2. A Dramatic Question that sets up a tension
  3. Emotional Content
  4. The Gift of Voice
  5. The Power of a Soundtrack
  6. Economy
  7. Pacing

adapted from J. Lambert, The Center for Digital Storytelling







Editing in Final Cut Express




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