Digital storytelling, according to educause.edu, “is the practice of combining narrative with digital content.” I think that this is a cool idea that should be implemented in all classrooms. I believe the classroom is a safe place where all students should be comfortable experimenting and expressing themselves in all types of ways, not just through traditional methods. I plan to use digital storytelling in my classroom someday. I think that through digital story telling children will become more technologically literate and attain more confidence within themselves when they figure out what they want to do.
A really great source for digital storytelling is DS106. This website was created for a college course but it includes anyone who wants to participate in the challenges. There is also a place at the website that anyone can create a challenge for others to attempt and assess how it went. The DS106 site expands on digital story telling as telling your own story in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. The emotionally engaging form part is what intrigues me. I think that many times with certain projects or classes students tend to lose that emotional connection to it and they don’t see the attractiveness or the usefulness of what they are learning. When you encourage students to add that emotional connection to what they are working on, weather it is digital storytelling or any other part of your curriculum the students will be more engaged and more excited to learn. Digital storytelling is an interesting idea for teachers to start including into their classrooms, it combines creativity with multimedia, seeing what students can do when they are given a prompt and very few instructions.
Creativity is a key part in the DS106 course. The course pushes you to think outside the box, a great attribute that teachers need to be able to use in all aspects of teaching. DS106 creates a unique environment of creativity and openness that all classrooms should aspire to have. DS106 is a big collaboration of people from all over that have access to the internet. If you are involved in the course you are interacting with people you don’t know to accomplish a specific goal. That specific goal will not look the same for everyone, the end result and even the process is different for everyone and seeing everyone else’s process and end result is really satisfying and informational as a teacher.