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digital story lecture notes

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Outline of my digital story lecture (early version)


New entry about digital storytelling and education to be placed near the BBC and digital journalism.  How can this be just so amazing to do in your class?  Or it might go near the multimodal literacy stuff?


CDS' Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling

1. Point of View What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
2. A Dramatic Question A key question that keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story.
3. Emotional Content Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the story to the audience.
4. The Gift of Your Voice A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.
5. The Power of the Soundtrack Music or other sounds that support and embellish the storyline.
6. Economy Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.
7. Pacing The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.


Daniel Meadows   http://www.photobus.co.uk/?id=1

(the guy on the bus from the BBC)


Story Circles



These folks have a great web site with tons of information, I need to include on my site.  Also has a great section on integrating these into the school:  Digital Storytelling in the Classroom  this is a new section for my 586 lecture.


Story circles are a place where you can share your story with others. These circles are used to create a home for storytellers to express their most personal stories and create a mentor like space for those dealing with hard issues. In story circles people can learn to listen and learn to empathize with others. Story circles are also places where people can practice or share their stories and receive feedback. The story circle is essentially like a screening of a video or video segment used by movie producers to find out how audiences are responding to their story and how they can make it better.  The feedback is as much on how the story is being told as on the content of the story.  But along the way some practitioners are finding that in focusing on how the story is being told, the listener is sometimes able to overcome their prejudices towards the content of story and truly begin understanding what the teller is trying to really say.   The listener will try to connect the story and the experience of the storyteller to themselves and a similar situation they have encountered. The feedback comes in the form of another person being in a similar situation to you and their personal insights into the subject. This creates a healthy dialog and gives the storyteller new insights into their story. This feedback is what helps the storyteller reexamine their place in history and gives them a chance to recreate their story and their place in history.


Story circles help storytellers organize their thoughts and help sort through sometimes uneasy feelings. Story circles are therapeutic and can encourage people to analyze events and relationships and put them into perspective. They are an agent for personal change. They help the storyteller learn the meaning of their story by giving a different view on the story. Story circles can help turn a negative story into a positive one which can lead to personal change. The teller can recreate their story by helping them to find, shape and change their place in history. The ultimate concept of the story circle is: you can’t change what happened, but you can change where you stand in relation to that story.

Even if the stories never go beyond the story circle step, they are of great value.  But the story circle is a critical interim stop in shaping an effective story which is then digitized to reach a broader audience.

For more information on this topic, please see:

Digital Storytelling Manual: http://dsi.kqed.org/index.php/workshops/about/C66/

Story Center Manual: http://www.storycenter.org/cookbook.pdf

Aline, Gubrium. “Digital Storyteling: An Emergent Method for Health Promotion Research and Practice.” Health Promotion Practice 10.2 (2009): 186-91.


Narrative from Roland Barthes:

The narratives of the world are numberless… able to be carried by articulated language, spoken or written, fixed or moving images, gestures, and the ordered mixture of all these substances; narrative is present in myth, legend, fable, … epic, history, tragedy, drama, comedy, mime, painting,… cinema, comics, news item… narrative is present in every age, in every place, in every society… narrative is international, transhistorical, transcultural: it is simply there, like life itself. Roland Barthes, 1980, Image, Music, Text.




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