Digital storytelling is the application of technology to the age-old experience of sharing personal stories. What’s unique from traditional storytelling is the growing availability of sophisticated digital tools to help us tell and share our stories. Digital storytelling entails combining narrative with digital media such as images, sound, spoken word, music, text, and video in order to tell a story (Robin, 2008). In digital media storytelling, the same elements of traditional storytelling style apply – you should focus on a particular topic and have a beginning, middle, and ending. Therefore, the technology is secondary to the narrative.
Central to digital storytelling is the notion that by examining our own experiences and stories, we can come to better understand ourselves and the world we live in. As a result, digital storytelling can be a catalysts for personal and community change. For academics, digital media storytelling can help “humanize” research questions and findings that are often too complex or dry for the wider audience.
This Digital Story-Telling Guide by Adobe Systems offers a good starting point to helping you plan out your digital media story.
In digital media storytelling, technology should be secondary to the narrative.