Practical uses of digital storytelling

According to the authors storytelling is a good way to engage students in both traditional and innovative ways of telling a story. So combine traditional means of telling a story with different types of digital multimedia as images, audio, and video. They are very interesting tool that helps establish concepts of literacy and that can be combine with more traditional methods of teaching, according to Brown. Rodriguez (2007) lists some of the characteristics of digital aesthetics introduced by Holtzman (1997) who argues that nonlinearity, discontinuity, and autonomy are the key differentiators of digital media from the physical, analog world, which can also be said of all storytelling techniques. The center for Digital Storytelling has identified 7 elements present in all digital stories that are: point of view, a dramatic question, emotional content, the gist of your voice, the power of soundtrack, economy, and pacing. Steven Holtzman talks about creating digital worlds that are : digital literacy, global literacy, technology literacy, visual literacy, information literacy, research skills, writing skills, organization skills, technology skills, presentation skills, interview skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, assesment skills. Barret (2006) argues in favour of introducing digital storytelling as part of the ePortfolio for several reasons as: the voice, legacy, memoirs and biographies, trasition, direction and reflection, reflection only, benchmarking development and change over time, artifacts, documentary, record of experience. Integrating the old and the new, the creators of a digital story have to follow a number of steps in order to create a satisfactory product as: script development, record the author reading the story, capture and process, combining different types of media such as audio and images, present or publish the finished version of the story. Finally, Bendt and Bowe (2000) draw up a list of ten reasons why storytelling should be paid more attention: dedication, creativity, problem solving, diversity, attention, interest in writing, group dynamics, different learning styles, positive classroom climate, multiple intelligences.

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