Digital StorytellingDigital Composition Sampler PresentationMarch 21, 2012Amy GoodloeDigital Composition CoordinatorProgr...
Preface   What follows is a very brief version of my COLTT presentation    on digital storytelling, which I created to de...
Screen shot from a student’s digital storytelling project
Overview              Define digital storytellingReview its many uses in civic and educational contexts       Identify ben...
What is Digital Storytelling?
"Digital Storytelling is the modern expression ofthe ancient art of storytelling. Throughouthistory, storytelling has been...
Stories can be... imaginative              educational   fiction, comics, TV      documentaries     shows, movies     ...
We like stories because...They hold our attention• John Medina’s Brain Rule #4: “We don’t  pay attention to boring things”...
What makes a story “digital”?composed with multiple forms ofdigital media: photos             sound effects graphics   ...
What makes a story “digital”?viewable only on digital devices• computers, tablets, smartphones• typically video or present...
What makes it “digital storytelling”?The phrase means more than the sum of              its parts Just because it’s digita...
These are digital storytelling projects    photo essay documenting an immigrant’s    adjustment to American life      vide...
These are notCNN story on the “Sissy Boy Experiment”  20/20 segment on identity theftHistory Channel show on the Roaring 2...
Digital Storytelling is Grassroots  • Amateurs using consumer-end tools  • Purpose is to explore, enlighten, move, or    p...
Who’s Using Digital Storytelling?
 Public Health              Advocacy Groups                                Sustainability Social Services             ...
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Digital Storytelling in Education All levels   K-12 schools   undergraduate and graduate classes   research projects  ...
Potential Uses by FacultyConvey course material using a wider array ofcommunication tools than text aloneShare research in...
Topics for Faculty StoriesMemories of:• Learning to read and write (and study)• Navigating a computer for the first time• ...
Potential Uses by StudentsResearch projects• Historical: using archival footage• Contemporary: using footage captured by  ...
Potential Uses by StudentsService learning projects• Raising awareness about social issues or  communities• Encouraging ac...
Paper Supplement or Replacement?    Consider: why do we ask students to write    papers in the first place?      • what do...
Learning Benefits
Main Benefit to StudentsEngagement!Projects have real and lasting value• continue to work on projects even beyond  semeste...
AuthenticityDigital Storytelling allows students to   work on authentic assignments   develop their personal and academi...
Critical AnalysisWe already teach students to critically analyze thedigital media they regularly consumeBut the act of com...
Writing SkillsBeing asked to communicate in the “newlanguage” of multimedia brings students a greaterawareness of the comp...
Writing as a ProcessMakes clear the value of approaching all acts ofcommunication as a processCan’t produce a rhetorically...
Digital Literacy SkillsHelps students identify deficiencies in digital literacy skillsand remedy them while working on a m...
What about drawbacks?  Fairly Easy to Address          Less Easy, but Doable Privacy                      Intellectual h...
Approaches to Digital   Storytelling
Common Approaches photo essay       mini-documentary audio essay       short film comic strip       skit animation ...
Animation made with GoAnimate
Remix made with footage from archive.org
Portion of a comic book made with Comic Life
A kinetic typography personal narrative
Getting Started
Overview of Composing Process1. Brainstorm Topics      5. Apply Effects2. Gather Assets          6. Export Rough Cut*3. Bu...
For more info… For a longer version of this presentation, aswell as other materials on digital storytelling,              ...
Brief Intro to Digital Storytelling
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The presentation defines digital storytelling, reviews the learning benefits for college students, and offers sample projects and approaches.

For more info, such as links to playable versions of sample stories as well as other versions of the presentation (including one that has over 20,000 views!), see:

http://digitalwriting101.net/content/presentations-on-digital-storytelling/

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Brief Intro to Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Digital StorytellingDigital Composition Sampler PresentationMarch 21, 2012Amy GoodloeDigital Composition CoordinatorProgram for Writing and Rhetoric, CU Boulder
  2. 2. Preface What follows is a very brief version of my COLTT presentation on digital storytelling, which I created to deliver at a Digital Composition Sampler presentation for PWR faculty on March 21, 2012. Most of what I cut out of this version focuses on the process of composing digital stories, as that’s more relevant to those who are ready to begin composing their own. I also removed the playable video clips that serve as examples of different types of digital storytelling because they can’t be uploaded to SlideShare. If you’re interested in working on your own digital storytelling project, please consider participating in the week-long workshop I’ll be leading this summer. Contact me for more info!
  3. 3. Screen shot from a student’s digital storytelling project
  4. 4. Overview Define digital storytellingReview its many uses in civic and educational contexts Identify benefits to faculty and students Illustrate approaches and process
  5. 5. What is Digital Storytelling?
  6. 6. "Digital Storytelling is the modern expression ofthe ancient art of storytelling. Throughouthistory, storytelling has been used to shareknowledge, wisdom, and values. Stories havetaken many forms. Stories have been adapted toeach successive medium that has emerged, fromthe circle of the campfire, to the silver screen,and now the computer screen." (Leslie Rule 2009)
  7. 7. Stories can be... imaginative  educational  fiction, comics, TV  documentaries shows, movies  persuasive informational  call to action,  histories, political, activism biographies  and more...
  8. 8. We like stories because...They hold our attention• John Medina’s Brain Rule #4: “We don’t pay attention to boring things”They move us• Stories are often more engaging than other kinds of information
  9. 9. What makes a story “digital”?composed with multiple forms ofdigital media: photos  sound effects graphics  audio narration video  music animation  text
  10. 10. What makes a story “digital”?viewable only on digital devices• computers, tablets, smartphones• typically video or presentationshareable across online socialnetworks• easily distributed to friends and family• potential for global audience
  11. 11. What makes it “digital storytelling”?The phrase means more than the sum of its parts Just because it’s digital and tells a story,that doesn’t make it “digital storytelling”
  12. 12. These are digital storytelling projects photo essay documenting an immigrant’s adjustment to American life video reflection on overcoming a learning disability multimedia presentation on the slippery nature of gender identity
  13. 13. These are notCNN story on the “Sissy Boy Experiment” 20/20 segment on identity theftHistory Channel show on the Roaring 20’s
  14. 14. Digital Storytelling is Grassroots • Amateurs using consumer-end tools • Purpose is to explore, enlighten, move, or persuade, not to sell • Often focuses on personal growth or social change • Enables us to move from being consumers of digital content to producers
  15. 15. Who’s Using Digital Storytelling?
  16. 16.  Public Health  Advocacy Groups  Sustainability Social Services  Diversity Community Organizations  Social welfare Business  K-12 Schools Local Governments  Colleges & Universities Museums and Libraries
  17. 17. Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
  18. 18. Digital Storytelling in Education All levels  K-12 schools  undergraduate and graduate classes  research projects  student services Across all disciplines Composed by students, faculty, and staff For a variety of audiences and purposes
  19. 19. Potential Uses by FacultyConvey course material using a wider array ofcommunication tools than text aloneShare research insights with broader audienceCreate your own to serve as an example of the kind ofproject you’d like students to develop
  20. 20. Topics for Faculty StoriesMemories of:• Learning to read and write (and study)• Navigating a computer for the first time• What led you into your field of studyAn event that was:• Embarrassing but educational• Perspective-shifting or motivating• Particularly relevant to a concept in your discipline
  21. 21. Potential Uses by StudentsResearch projects• Historical: using archival footage• Contemporary: using footage captured by students or from fair use sourcesVisual argument• Persuade through multiple modalitiesCritiques• “Talk back” to pop culture through creative remix
  22. 22. Potential Uses by StudentsService learning projects• Raising awareness about social issues or communities• Encouraging action on behalf of organizationsPersonal narratives relating to class topics• Literacy narrativeReflections on learning & engagement• Self-reflective essay
  23. 23. Paper Supplement or Replacement? Consider: why do we ask students to write papers in the first place? • what do we want students to learn? • can that be learned through a digital storytelling project instead of a traditional paper?
  24. 24. Learning Benefits
  25. 25. Main Benefit to StudentsEngagement!Projects have real and lasting value• continue to work on projects even beyond semesterReal audiences and purposes• friends, family, prospective employers• service learning partners
  26. 26. AuthenticityDigital Storytelling allows students to  work on authentic assignments  develop their personal and academic voice  represent knowledge to a community of learners  receive situated feedback from their peers.Due to their affective involvement with thisprocess and the novelty effect of the medium,students are more engaged than in traditionalassignments. (Oppermann and Coventry, 2011)
  27. 27. Critical AnalysisWe already teach students to critically analyze thedigital media they regularly consumeBut the act of composing in digital genres gives themgreater insight into the rhetorical strategies at work inthese genres
  28. 28. Writing SkillsBeing asked to communicate in the “newlanguage” of multimedia brings students a greaterawareness of the component parts of traditionalwriting.Digital storytelling helps students develop astronger voice and helps students more accuratelyand firmly place themselves in relationship to thearguments of others. (Oppermann and Coventry, 2011)
  29. 29. Writing as a ProcessMakes clear the value of approaching all acts ofcommunication as a processCan’t produce a rhetorically powerful digitalstorytelling project the night before!Requires planning, research, collaboration, problem-solving, drafting, feedback, revising
  30. 30. Digital Literacy SkillsHelps students identify deficiencies in digital literacy skillsand remedy them while working on a meaningful projectAlso helps deepen their appreciation for the rhetoricalpower of multimodal communication
  31. 31. What about drawbacks? Fairly Easy to Address Less Easy, but Doable Privacy  Intellectual honesty (copyright, plagiarism) Access to tools and equipment  Student resistance Technology as potential  Assignment design in light distraction of articulated criteria Availability of tech  Assessment support
  32. 32. Approaches to Digital Storytelling
  33. 33. Common Approaches photo essay  mini-documentary audio essay  short film comic strip  skit animation  remix  Xtranormal  assembled with “reusable” rather than original  Go Animate content
  34. 34. Animation made with GoAnimate
  35. 35. Remix made with footage from archive.org
  36. 36. Portion of a comic book made with Comic Life
  37. 37. A kinetic typography personal narrative
  38. 38. Getting Started
  39. 39. Overview of Composing Process1. Brainstorm Topics 5. Apply Effects2. Gather Assets 6. Export Rough Cut*3. Build Storyboard* 7. Revise &Polish4. Assemble Assets 8. Export & Share* * Get Feedback (recommended)
  40. 40. For more info… For a longer version of this presentation, aswell as other materials on digital storytelling, please visit:http://digitalwriting101.net/content/tag/digital-storytelling/

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