Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. A great resource website that describes digital storytelling is called, The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling. This site has helped me learn more about digital storytelling and why it is useful in education. I also encountered digital storytelling in my undergraduate classes in an education technology class that I took. According to the resource website, "other terms used to describe this practice, such as digital documentaries , computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc." are helpful to new educators who are willing to learn about digital storytelling and using it in the classroom. From a personal point of view, I really enjoyed working on a digital storytelling project with a partner in my undergraduate classes at SUNY Cortland and it helped us share a story to students in a technological and innovative way. Digital storytelling is a great interactive tool to use as an educational resource because it connects educators with their students in a new digital way with storytelling and keeping up with technology.
Most of the digital stories last anywhere from two minutes to ten minutes in length of time. This particular resource, The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling is an excellent source of information for educators because it also includes educational materials such as: lesson plans, evaluation and assessment, copyright and educational fair use, digital storytelling workshop resources, and digital storytelling E-books. I wanted to explore these resources myself, so I viewed each one and they led to me to some informational links that would help with my teaching. They were very useful guides to help use digital storytelling in the classroom in different ways! I really enjoyed using this resource website and I will most likely be using this source in my classroom with my students in the future. It is important that we keep up with technology in the classrooms everyday and connect with our students in a digital manner.