Digital Storytelling: The What, Why and How of it All!

Digital Storytelling - The What, Why and How of it All

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. – Ursula K. LeGuin

It’s been there since the dawn of mankind. The need to tell stories. And to listen to those of others. Cavemen too could not stop themselves from carving on the walls to share their stories of hunting and survival. People in middle ages relied on bards to sing them lively songs and thrilling tales of wars. 

Today in this digital age, we humans are no different. We love stories. Digital stories. 

What makes digital storytelling different from storytelling of yesteryears? It’s simply a different expression, a fusion of the ancient art of oral storytelling and the latest digital tools. The 21st century storytellers are combing the power of visuals, text, audio, video, and animations to create a rich multi-sensory experience like never before! 

This new mode of storytelling is also changing the way we learn. Cary Fields, a middle school language arts teacher, strongly believes that digital storytelling is encouraging research, fostering critical thinking skills and enhancing learning and creativity in students. Watch her presentation below to learn the 7 elements of digital storytelling, get great digital storytelling ideas and examples as well as how to use digital storytelling effectively in the classroom

What is your favorite digital storytelling tool? 
There are hundreds of apps and tools out there on web to help you create digital stories. But nothing can beat good old PowerPoint (or Keynote). In just a few clicks, you can add images, text, colors, audio, videos, record narration, and rehearse timings to present your perfect story.

All great presentations are actually great stories and the best presenters are the best storytellers. Period.

Are you sharing your digital stories online? 
Take one step further and share your digital stories online with the world with authorSTREAM. Why authorSTREAM? Good question. Here’s why:

  • Multimedia Support: authorSTREAM retains all the elements of a perfect digital story: music, your audio, videos, rehearsed timings, transitions and animations.
  • Video Conversion feature: authorSTREAM lets you convert your slideshows into High Definition videos and send them to YouTube or download them to burn on DVD for playing at home or in classroom
  • Present Live to remote audience: authorSTREAM empowers you to broadcast your digital story live over the web. Invite your students, friends or colleagues to a meeting room by sharing the URL and text chat with them to gain valuable feedback
  • Track the performance of your content: You can track in which part of the world your presentation was viewed and for how long. Also track views, downloads, buzz on social media, and much more.

Check out many more cool authorSTREAM features here

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up on authorSTREAM today and share your stories with the world.

About Author
Anuj Malhotra

A potter maniac, I live in a world inhabited by wizards and Marvel's superheroes. Writing is my defence mechanism (Mr. Freud, analyze this). Presentations are my new found love.

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