Introducing Digital StorytellingDigital Creativity, RSC London 23rd May 2012Why are stories important?Stories play an important part in learning as well as life in general. Stories are:Universal – we seem to have an innate understanding of story which makes them a good tool forcommunicating, especially between different groups.Social – stories are meant to be told. In doing so they enhance communication between people, buildrelationships and create opportunities of social constructive learningSense Making – we use stories to make sense of a complicated world. For millennia we’ve used myths,parables, fables etc. to communicate highly nuanced messages in a simple way. Telling stories helps usto explain ourselves or what we have learnt.Memorable – remembering abstract concepts is difficult but by presenting ideas in stories we deliverthem in a package that someone can easily remember and recall later.Entertaining – stories should be about getting an audience to respond emotionally.What is digital Storytelling?Simply, it is the telling of the story by combining various pieces of digital media. That’s all there is to it.The idea was first developed in the US by Joe Lambert and Dana Atchley at what would become TheCentre for Digital Storytelling (CDS - http:// http://www.storycenter.org). They saw the possibilities ofusing simple technology to help people tell their stories without having the skills to use the complicatedequipment and software professional media producers used.So long as you are telling a story through digital means it qualifies as digital storytelling. Here are a fewof the more common formsNarrated slideshowsThis is the most common view of what DS should be. It’s the model that was developed by CDS. Usingsoftware like Moviemaker or iMovie you can layer images on top of a recorded piece of narrative and addin other elements like text, sound and music. Traditionally, these tend to be around 2-5 minutes long anddon’t use video, just still images.