Friday, March 27, 2009

Article Assessment 5

The World of Digital Storytelling

With use of a good story, planning, and some easy to use technology, Jason Ohler describes how to lead students through the process of telling an interesting story. Having gone through the process of creating a digital story with Jason, I have learned how true it is that the story is the most important part of the project.

Jason has developed a series of checkpoints that students must get to before they even start to worry about the technology involved. He states that students need to create a story map including three key components
  1. Call to adventure
  2. Problem-solution involving transformation
  3. Closure
Ohler describes a process of story mapping, a visual display of the tension-resolution throughout the story. This must be approved before the process of creating the digital story can ensue. By using this process, students are more likely to create an effective story.

The process of digital story telling can be tied into many different types of curriculum. You can change the requirements of content, or require more writing elements to the creation of the story, depending on what you want the students to get out of the project.

Another use of digital story telling is to create a medium for students to discover the power of bias in the media. Students can be shown, or discover through experience how camera angles, music choices, and lighting can make a more convincing story, and therefor how the media today uses these techniques to influence their audience. One of the goals of education is to create critical thinkers. The ability to discriminate the valid information from a bias heavy video is an effective way to see how we are influenced in our every day lives.

Using the techniques described by Ohler, digital storytelling can be an effective tool in many different academic fields. By making sure that the story is one that is engaging, telling a story using easy to use technology can engage students in ways that were recently thought to be out of reach.

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