Everyone has stories to tell, including our students. Stories come from a variety of places, from a person’s past to their imagination. Some can be funny, some can be painful, but all are personal. Digital storytelling is the process of writing about that story, and adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and music to create a visual story (Jakes & Brennan).
A digital story needs Seven Components:
- the author's perspective and opinion,
- a dramatic question,
- issues that speak to the heart of the listener,
- powerful narration through voice,
- images and sound,
- and a solid structure and pace to keep interest high.
In the process, the digital story author learns how to be independent, creative, meaningful and emotional, enhances digital literacy, practices critical thinking, and focuses on the message. With the use of technology.
The author will need to take pictures, create images and video sequences, record the narrative, write music, or search for these items on the net and import them to the story. He will need to structure the content so that it makes sense, edit it, experiment with different versions of it, share it to get feedback, present it in a way that takes advantage of its full potential and does its content justice.
Surprisingly, in my experience with different age groups, the device that can make it all happen quite seamlessly, the device that provides all the possibilities mentioned above, the device that is friendly to users between 5 and fifty five years of age is an iPAD. In addition, there is an application which is available for free that enables you to include all the components we mentioned and manipulate them accordingly: Book Creator. At your fingertips, every time, everywhere. Literally!
Furthermore, it works well for all ages and the end product looks professional while it reflects your age and sophistication. It can make your product visible when you upload it to the dedicated site for iBooks. It allows for different groups from the same class or from different parts of the world to work on the same project if you so wish. It is patient with time, forgiving with mistakes and tolerant when you are uncertain what to do next. The latter is true for all electronic devices but it is an added bonus when you create as you go. Pun intended!
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