Digital Storytelling

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Digital storytelling: “refers to short videos, usually two to three minutes in length. A digital story can be made from a range of audio and visual elements. The backbone of a digital story is a written script – approximately 250 words long. Your script is turned into an audio voice over and combined with visuals such as photos, drawings, diagrams, video, and animation to create a digital story.” University Wollongong Australia

StoryCenter – Listen Deeply. Tell Stories (Web site)
“In 1998, the San Francisco Center for Digital Media moved to Berkeley and became the Center for Digital Storytelling, and in 2015, the organization became, simply, StoryCenter. StoryCenter has worked with nearly a thousand organizations around the world and trained more than fifteen thousand people in hundreds of workshops to share stories from their lives. Through our wide-ranging work, we have transformed the way that community activists, educators, health and human services agencies, business professionals, and artists think about the power of personal voice, in creating change.”

The Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and How Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take It by Maria Popova (Web page)
“The most remarkable part of the story, however, is that this was an image Lange almost didn’t take: At the end of that cold and wretched winter, she had been on the road for almost a month, with only the insufficient protection of her camera lens between her and the desperate, soul-stirringly dejected living and working conditions of California’s migratory farm workers.”

Community-based Indigenous Storytelling with Elders and Youth by Judy Iseke and Sylvia Moore (Journal Article)
“The struggle is not just to tell a good story but also to tell the story that the community or Elders intend to share based on the collaborative dialogue between the digital storyteller and community members regarding the intention of the video project. It is easy to disrupt the story that the community or Elder is telling and to supplant it with another story that the researcher, writer, or editor wants to tell. If the filmmaker is involved in a real way with the community and has a sense of the story, it helps keep the story that was negotiated with the community or guides the evolution of the project in new directions that can be renegotiated.”

Indigenous Stories by the University of Victoria, Centre for Youth and Society (Videos)
“These stories were documented as part of the research project Residential School Resistance Narratives: Significance and Strategies for Indigenous Youth.”

The New Digital Media: Creating Narratives with New Media by Bryan Alexander, 2nd Edition, 2017 (full ebook via VIU Library with login)
“We’ve been telling stories with digital tools since the first computer networks linked nodes. This assertion is surprising in some contexts, especially if one does not associate narrative with computer hardware, much less digital information. It’s even more startling to recognize just how far back digital storytelling goes historically and to grasp that it has a lineage, with all the implications that follow.”

DS106 – Digital Storytelling Course, University of Mary Washington (Website)
Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that happens at various times throughout the year at the University of Mary Washington… but you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer, a hardy internet connection, preferably a domain of your own and some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster.

Literary Jukebox by Maria Popova (Website)
Quotes from beloved books, each thematically matched with a song.

The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen by Hans Rosling (Video – Ted Talk)
“You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called developing world.”

A Story of Mixed Emoticons by Rive (Video – Ted Talk)
Performance artist and storyteller Rives has been called “the first 2.0 poet,” using images, video and technology to bring his words to life.

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling by University of Houston (Website)
“Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are a wealth of other terms used to describe this practice, such as digital documentaries, computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc.; but in general, they all revolve around the idea of combining the art of telling stories with a variety of multimedia, including graphics, audio, video, and Web publishing.”

Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo by Liesel Knaack. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Boats, Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (L.Knaack)