Digital Storytelling in Curriculum

 Prior to the advent of the writing systems, storytelling was the only tool available by which individuals within their communities could pass down their beliefs, traditions, and historical culture to future generations. After the invention of the printing press in 1450, storytelling became even more important to society because printed stories became more available and accessible to many people who could learn from the historical stories and pass down their knowledge and heritage to future generations.

As the oldest form of education, storytelling contributes uniquely to children’s language and literacy development. However, storytelling is found in all types of teaching as an instructional strategy or a learning tool. Regardless of the story-telling format, a common element identified in the storytelling is its educational nature—to distribute knowledge and share understanding among people across different cultures.

Digital storytelling uses new digital tools to help ordinary people to tell their own real-life stories,is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component, and can be instructional, persuasive, historical, or reflective. It can be effectively applied to nearly any subject.

For more information, please view the following materials.

  1. Integrating Digital Storytelling into Teaching and Learning (PPT Slideshow in PDF format).
  2. Tutorial on Creating a Digital Story with Windows Movie Maker (pdf).
  3. Tutorial on Creating a Digital Story with Windows Live Movie Maker (pdf).
  4. Tutorial on Creating a  Digital Story with iMovie (pdf).
  5. Tutorial on Creating a Digital Story with Photostory-3 (pdf).
  6. Tutorial on Creating a Digital Story with Storybird (pdf).
  7. Tutorial on Uploading a Video Clip to Youtube (pdf).
  8. Tutorial on Screen Capture with Jing (pdf).