What is Digital Storytelling?


Digital Storytelling is a short form of telling a story, an event or an experience in a digital way. This form combines the art of telling with various tools offered by multimedia, such as: text, image, graphics, audio, video, music etc.















The competition "Ask Your Grandparents" invites young people to ask their elder, the parents and grandparents, about the communist past and present this information as a digital story. Besides personal stories, you may convey a certain idea coming after reflecting about the country's communist past, present or future. As such, your entry can be an interpretation or explanation, as follows:

  • A short video with sound
  • Only audio
  • Some electronic photos
  • Sounds stored on tape or disk
  • Preserved old movies
  • Another form of non-physical media
  • Etc.

British photographer, author and educator Daniel Meadows defines digital stories as "short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart." The beauty of this form of digital expression, he notes, is that the stories can be created by people everywhere, on any subject, and shared electronically all over the world. Meadows says that digital stories are "multimedia sonnets from the people" in which "photographs discover the talkies, and the stories told assemble in the ether as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a gaggle of invisible histories which, when viewed together, tell the bigger story of our time, the story that defines who we are."

Researcher and digital culture consultant John Seely Brown describes digital storytelling like this: "I'm particularly interested in Digital Storytelling, in new ways to use multiple media to tell stories and in the ability of kids, who are now growing up in a digital world, to figure out new ways to tell stories. They have the ability to build interpretive movies very simply and to lay sound tracks around the content. They condition or 'sculpture' the context around the content. The serious interplay between context and content is key to what film—and rich media in general—are about."


What is the process of creating a digital story? (Jakes & Brannon, 2005)

  • Writing
  • Script
  • Storyboarding
  • Locating multimedia
  • Creating digital story
  • Sharing


What are the types of digital stories?

Digital Stories can generally be categorized into three major areas:

  • Personal stories
  • Stories that instruct
  • Re-telling of historical events


What are the elements of a digital story? (Lambert, 2003)

  • Point of view
  • Dramatic question
  • Emotional content
  • The gift of your voice
  • The power of the soundtrack
  • Economy


Recommended links on Digital Storytelling:

What is Digital Storytelling?


The Center for Digital Storytelling teaches thousands nationwide how to edit videos and make sense of their stories, by Autumn Stephens:


Story Center (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling):



Examples of Digital Storytelling videos:

A daring escape from Albania:


A story about comparing one's educational experiences with those of her grandmother who graduated from high school at a concentration camp for US citizens of Japanese descent during WWII:


First prize, Mylligan: A Digital Storytelling contest:


My life as a writer, by Cameron Kimpson:


More examples here:



Tutorials about Digital Storytelling and making videos:

This short video gives insight into digital stories:


The 7 elements of Digital Storytelling:


What does Digital Storytelling include?


Digital Storytelling tutorial:


Digital Storytelling in elementary classroom:


Students' perspective on Digital Storytelling:


An overview of a third grade Digital Storytelling project:


Digital Storytelling: Animated Powerpoint tutorial:


Digital Storytelling and how to make yours better:




The power of Digital Storytelling:


More on Digital Storytelling:



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