I had the delight this evening of participating with Dean Shareski, David Jakes, and students in a course Dean is teaching via an Elluminate Live session to discuss Digital Storytelling. Dean shared the following quotation from Joe Lambert, who is a co-founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling:
Digital storytelling begins with the notion that in the not [too] distant future, sharing one’s story through the multiple mediums of digital imagery, text, voice, sound, music, video and animation will be THE PRINCIPAL HOBBY OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE.
The fact that the iPhone has a YouTube button which permits people to directly watch YouTube videos directly on their phone is really amazing, IMHO, but I think it reflects the continuing manifestation of the above prediction by Joe Lambert.
Just listening to Dean and David share during our virtual class this evening, I learned about a BUNCH of great digital storytelling examples and tools I hadn’t seen or heard about before. I saved most of these to my social bookmarks and YouTube playlists, but briefly, some of the highlights were:
Digital storytelling examples:
- True America: A super-powerful movie by an 18 year old student in David’s district about the meaning of freedom and the United States, created in response to a request from Barack Obama on his MySpace page for student-created videos
- Fun and powerful Apple advertisement from the late 1990s about 21st century “show and tell” via digital storytelling
- Chasing Metaphors: Great example of a digital storytelling theme or assignment for students
- A fun video Dean made of his family at Lake Michigan set to part of the song “Jump” by Van Halen
TouFee, another web-based video editing environment similar to JumpCut, and EyeSpot were mentioneed by David. Vimeo was mentioned but I think it is mainly a video sharing and commenting/social networking site, rather than an editing tool.
I have used these previously, but I did specifically save and tag David’s excellent PhotoStory3 tutorials and screencasts as well.
Thanks to Dean for both the opportunity to guest blog here, and also join in the conversation tonight via Elluminate about digital storytelling. I learned a lot and had fun! 🙂
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