Digital storytelling tells a personal story or other related narrative using video, images, music, and spoken word combined in a short video. This method allows students to learn about video editing tools and how to use them while also expressing themselves creatively and engaging viewers with the subject of their film.
Students use many of the same skills involved in writing a paper through the creation of their digital narrative. In this process, students identify a topic, gather their resources, storyboard the videos, create a script and then produce a short digital story.
In general, successful digital storytelling assignments include a clear Rubric with defined criteria. In addition students should:
- Be brief – usually digital stories are less than 10 minutes; more often either between 2-3 minutes or 5-7 minutes;
- Be prepared – generally consider at least one hour of editing per minute of footage;
- Be resourceful – there are many media tools available including music, video, pictures, drawings, text, verbal narratives, software;
- Be critical – approach this assignment with the same critical thought as a paper; be concise, clear, relevant and thoughtful about the details of the final project before submitting;
- Be sure to plan along the way – take the time to script, storyboard or outline your video before you start and edit as needed.
Many tools are available to the Tulane community for creating assignments using a digital framework. Tulane subscribes to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Students can access Adobe Creative Cloud software from the Howard-Tilton Learning Commons computers.
Commonly Used Digital Storytelling Tools
- Adobe Premiere
- Garage Band