“So if you’ve got a story to tell, you can afford to start dreaming…”
The abundant access to information and resources online is incredible. I think back to when I was in college for my undergrad and how limited internet accessibility was. I certainly didn’t have the ability to search so rapidly and gain information so quickly. The ways in which people connect and communicate is so different and digital storytelling is one example of this. We have approached a time that vulnerability and sharing more personally is the norm. Whether our actual truths live online or not is another story. This access and drive towards sharing lead to digital storytelling becoming a fruitful art.
“While traditional reading and writing will continue to be a major component of higher learning, digital storytelling promises to offer students a richer palette for communicating their ideas.”
We are consistently striving for authenticity in education. We want to know that students are engaging in learning that is personally meaningful and that has application into the world outside their classroom walls. Tapping into student interest and daily function through the use of digital tools is one way that digital storytelling can be successful in education. Rather than having students write letters on paper that others don’t often get to see, these students are instantly gaining an audience with authentic audiences who can critique their work. Our stories become sustainable, rather than just turned in for the teacher’s eyes.
“Today’s stories still serve the same purpose that stories always have–to entertain, inform or arouse their audiences.”
The purpose of our stories may still be the same, but I would imagine that we are growing the audience that is accessing them or engaging in creating stories. Digital storytelling has given a listener a chance to be a creator through a user-friendly design and access to examples. Just look at how many kids are creating YouTube videos today because they know they can do it – anyone can!