Storytelling has been around since the dawn of time. People have always shared stories with each other. Cave drawings, oral storytelling around campfires and during family time, writers creating stories with written word, now, people are moving into using digital mediums to share their stories.
People are using the internet to share their stories in a variety of ways; writing blogs to share with family about their children, writing blogs to share ideas, tweeting, updating status’ on facebook, creating videos on youtube and websites, using various software products to create stories with photos and videos. The use of Web 2.0 tools and other software to tell stories in a multimedia format has been growing and will continue to grow as software makes it easier to create. Alexander and Levine, state, “web 2.0 storytelling is a useful composition platform whenever story- telling is appropriate”. (2008, p. 52)
The students in my middle school class enjoy incorporating photos and videos to enhance their stories. The students chose events in Canada’s history that were important in a specific region they were studying. They wrote scripts and found creative commons photos. They used Garageband to record the scripts and then added the photos. The project was very rewarding to them and gave them a different sort of outlet to share the information they were learning. Currently they are working on iMovie’s about a favourite field study trip they have taken this year. Some are approaching it as an interview, others as a travel advertisement – I can’t wait to see the results! I plan to share them with my next year students as we are planning some of our field study trips.
Reading a couple of articles this week about place based storytelling has given me something to think about over the summer. Dyck, 2005, defines place-based storytelling as, “as adaptation of digital storytelling that combines digital mapping tools with the power of the narrative”. In our school, where we are out of the building a minimum of 2 times per month with our students, we spend a fair amount of time in the community where the school is located. She spoke about using the Community Walk Web Site to create a story using a map, photos and stories about certain locations. I think it might be interesting to start a story about our community that others in the school could add on to as they are out and learning.
Have your students begun to use digital storytelling to help tell their stories yet?
Dyck, B. (2005) Using place-based storytelling to teach geographical thinking. Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/dyck/dyck018.shtml
Bryan, A., Levine, A. (2008) Storytelling: Emergence of a new genre. Retrieved from http://digitalstorytelling.umwblogs.org/files/2010/01/web2.0_storytelling.pdf