The ILTA Digital Storytelling SIG has been created in order to facilitate communication, collaboration and resource exchange with Irish and international colleagues interested in digital storytelling in education. This page serves as a repository for digital storytelling resources. Please join our discussion forum to ask questions about or to exchange your ideas on and experiences with digital storytelling in education.
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Digital storytelling originated in the early 1990’s from workshops developed for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, given by Joe Lambert and Dana Atchley. Their work eventually led to the creation of the Centre for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California. The CDS has been holding digital storytelling workshops for the past fifteen years with diverse community groups and all levels of educators (Lambert, 2009).
Digital storytelling is a great way to sneak writing in under the radar. Students who resist the writing of an essay set about the planning and writing of a digital story with gusto. (Ohler, 2008) “Digital stories combine traditional and emerging literacies, engaging otherwise reluctant students in literacy development.” (Ohler, 2008, p. 11) Beside the content understanding and technical skills students employ in the creation of a digital story, such as image, video and audio editing, they also develop planning skills that are usable and transferable.
An excellent paper on the use of digital storytelling in the primary grades can be found here:
- Digital Storytelling in the Language Arts Classroom from the site Digital Storyteller
- The World of Digital Storytelling, from Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling website
- The Art of Digital Storytelling, by Bernajean Porter
In an age of shrinking budgets, one of the advantages of digital storytelling is that the software needed to create a digital story can be accessed for free. Video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker for PCs, and iMovie for Macintosh, are free with the operating system. Audio editing software, such as Audacity and Aviary.com’s Myna, can be sourced free from the internet.
The creation of a digital story usually incorporates the following steps:
- Brainstorm/come up with a story idea
- Write a first draft, 500 words or less
- Learn basics of story structure, narrative structure
- Create a ‘Storymap’ to map out major parts of the story
- Share your story idea with peers – story circle
- Take feedback from peers and rewrite/edit story
- Distil story down to a script
- Create a storyboard for your movie that incorporates script, images and sound/music used
- Source images, sound, music for your DST
- Produce digital story using ‘movie editing’ software, iMovie or Windows Movie Maker
- Share digital story:
publish on the web
(Ohler, 2008; Porter, 2004)
Bonnie’s Digital Storytelling Delicious Site: While researching digital storytelling, I’ve been adding DST and related sites to this Delicious site. Some of these sites are listed categorically below.
Center for Digital Storytelling: When it comes to resources, this is the first place anyone should look when investigating digital storytelling.
Integrating DST Into your Classroom
Teachnet.ie Digital Storytelling Lesson Plan
David Jakes Digital Storytelling Website
Digital Storytelling Website
Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators (free, downloadable book)
University of Houston’s Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling website
Digital Story Telling Projects @ the University of Gloucestershire
Digital Storytelling at the University of Wisconsin
Georgetown University’s Digital Storytelling Media Archive
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Capture Wales (some videos not available in Ireland)
Digital Storytelling Cymru Network
Digital Stories of Coming to Learn
Patient Voices (digital storytelling in healthcare education)
Digital Storytelling Cookbook
Several articles by the University of Gloucester’s Pathfinder team
Capturing Stories, Capturing Lives: An Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling: Supporting Digital Literacy in Grades 4 – 12
Action ICT Framework (Irish ICT website)
BBC Wales- Guide to Digital Storytelling
CTE Digital Storytelling Program
7 Elements of Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling Conferences
“Create, Share, Listen,” the 4th International Digital Storytelling Conference, was held in Lillehammer, Norway, in February, 2011. Papers and presentations from the conference can be accessed from the Program section of the conference website.
This SIG is being facilitated by Bonnie Long from the School of Education in NUI, Galway. Bonnie is an Education Technologist and Galway Doctoral Research Fellow studying the use of digital storytelling with pre-service teachers in NUI, Galway. Bonnie has been an educator for over 20 years. She started her career in education as a Math/Science/Technology Middle School Teacher in Lennox, California. She moved to Ireland with her Irish husband and family in 1998, and has been working as an Education Technologist in the School of Education for over 10 years. She completed the MSc in Technology and Learning at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2008, and started her PhD in Education Technology in 2009.
Bonnie’s paper and presentation from the Create, Share Listen, 4th International Digital Storytelling Conference in Lillehammer, can be accessed from theSession C3 section of the conference website.