Archive for April 21st, 2006
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting emails from a bunch of people interested in digital storytelling. There still isn’t one place on the web where students, teachers or anyone interested in creating digital stories can meet to share ideas, works-in-progress, get advice on guiding students through a DS project. I have a prototype for an idea. It’s a redesign of the StoryLink site, which was abandoned after funding fizzled for the project. I’ll post that later. In the meantime, it seems there’s been some great progress in the area of helping people combine images and text to create a digital story. These tools would have been helpful last year when I was writing my thesis. They all focus on the technology aspect of creating a digital story and not so much the actual story process. That’s still the main problem in the edu-tech digital storytelling field. There’s very few people discussing how can we help students/people tell better stories. Instead, it’s how can make tools to make it easier for people to combine images, text, and/or video with their voice.
Although these tools help with the production part of creating a digital story, they are making it easier for teachers using DS with students to spend more time helping students craft their stories instead of helping them become more adept iMovie users.