Digital Storytelling: A beginning

The Looking Glass

What will you see when you look inside yourself?

I am beginning a course, and perhaps a significant portion of my career, in digital storytelling.  This blog will display my efforts and chronicle my learning.  Digital storytelling has tremendous implications for the publishing and entertainment industries.  Its potential impact in education is extremely exciting, for both teachers and students.  For me, as both a writer and as a teacher, digital storytelling seems to be a culmination of my previous educational and professional experiences. 

Digital storytelling can help give an audience to those who have never even considered themselves as storytellers.  For example, the Center for Digital Storytelling at the University of California at Berkeley is, “a community art center for new media based on the premise that everyone has a story to tell.”  In the process of creating their personal stories, participants improve skills that carry over into other areas of literacy, skills that they may have struggled with previously.   Using a process of traditional composition, storyboarding, and editing in simple video editing software to include images and sound track, the author can identify problems of plot consistency, flow, grammar and description.   And perhaps most important for my ESL students, the reality of the audience comes alive when the participants consider the possibility of their words becoming available on the World Wide Web, accessible to the whole world (Sylvester and Greenidge 287-291).  

 My husband is reading Roald Dahl’s The BFG  to our son at bedtime.  It’s just like a grandmother who tells her grandchildren the stories of the old ones to connect them to their heritage, or a teenager who logs on to an interactive story and starts to play out another version of the latest novel from Steven King.  Storytelling touches our lives in many ways.  The advent of the personal computer and the Internet has expanded our ability to create, collaborate on and consume stories in more ways and with more people than ever before.  This expansion has created an enormous upheaval in the business of storytelling, and in the way writers craft those stories.  This blog will explore the methods and practices of digital storytelling, both through discussion of theories and examples of practices.  Please let me know what your reflections are! 

Works Cited

Sylvester, Ruth, and Wendy-lou Greenidge. “Digital Storytelling: Extending the Potential for Struggling Writers.” Reading Teacher 63.4 (2009): 384-395. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.