“Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital film-making that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story.” (Wikipedia)
“Short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart.” (Daniel Meadows)
Digital Storytelling is a way of combining the classical method of telling a story with different types of media like still images, movies, soundfiles, drawings, text and many other types.
These stories can be about any topic and are usually told from an individual and sometimes very personal point of view. There are different rules of how a digital story should be created but these rules depend on the trainer and the method of how storytelling is taught or used.
A more or less typical digital story is between 2 and 3 minutes long, contains about 250 words and is told by the storyteller himself in first person. But of course this is only general advice and there are lots of different ways to tell a digital story.
The strongest points of storytelling are the ability to break down complex topics to a simple and comprehensible level and the credibility and authenticity that comes with the way of personal narration.
This makes digital storytelling a perfect choice for:
- education in schools and universities
- cultural and historical projects or chronicals
- social concerns
- dissemination of information, either general or specific, in any way.
A large number of storytellers learned the methodology of digital storytelling in workshops or advanced education and training. The workshops do not only teach the process of storytelling itself but the technical background too and impart in this way the specific knowledge of audio-, video- and photoediting and recording as well as general knowledge about using social media and publishing platforms.