Digital storytelling: Reinventing how learners communicate

Lynne Schrum and Barbara Levin explain how digital storytelling can bring an important new dimension to teaching and learning autumn

DIGITAL STORYTELLING IS A BLEND of media (photographs, graphics, video, music, text, narration) which can be used to create a narrative, demonstrate knowledge, or explore and share ideas and concepts in new ways. Digital stories can be quick and simple, or sophisticated and complex. In education, they can be used by teachers as teaching tools, created and shared by pupils to represent their learning, or utilised for CPD.

What we know
● Learning with digital storytelling can encourage multi-dimensional ways for pupils to “tell their story” and express knowledge through creative classroom activities; these promote learning, collaboration, and interactivity.
● Digital storytelling accomplishes all this and more; learners explore new ways to express their experiences in various formats, and then share these with classmates, families, and even the world.
● Pupils learn to design and present their stories using video, voice, still photos, and music.

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October 2010