Digital storytelling: Hobby of the present and future

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:

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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  • I’ll be giving a talk in Boston flippantly called “Why Scotland’s been blogging for 5 million years” which is all about oral storytelling, and how it’s really as old as the human race is. Storytelling is our means of pleasure, of survival, of learning, of destroying. It’s hugely powerful and part of who we are. What social media is allowing us to do is get those oral tales out to more people faster. What I wonder is whether the stories will change more than traditional tales have done over hundreds of years, because it’s so easy to remix from any point in the world, not just by following the “Chinese whispers” way of story evolution that we’ve been used to for, say, 5 million years (give or take a few million 😉

  • Ewan: I think it’s a good bet the speed of change in our digital stories will far surpass the rate of change in the past of non-digital stories! I love the title of your session… A great way to make your thesis cleverly clear before you’ve even started talking! 🙂

  • Judy

    The 30th Annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival is happening this Saturday and I’m thinking about how these hundreds and hundreds of students who have submitted films to this festival all these years have been making digital stories. Right? Their medium progressed from Regular 8mm to Super 8 to video to CDs to DVDs. They pretty much only had a chance to share their stories if they were chosen as winners or finalists and with their friends and families. “Filmmaking” as it is/was known never really caught on that much in schools even though for many students it has been their ticket for their future or their respite. So it seems to me digital storytelling is going to be an answer for students both in school and out.

  • Ronda

    Dean’s story to “Jump” was uplifitng and got us engaged and wanting to make our own story. The guest speakers were amazing.

    I can relate to Ewen McIntosh’s that oral story telling has been going on for thousands of years. Just ask the First Nation’s people.

  • Jane Delmage

    I was fortunate enough to participate in the Elluminate session last week for Dean’s ECMP 455 class. It was a great opportunity to listen to how and why Digital Storytelling is such an educational tool. I left the session feeling “pumped” about creating my own story! Thanks!!!

  • Interesting…it almost sounds like we’ve come full circle. In the old days we sat around glowing campfires telling stories. Now we sit around glowing monitors, video blogging.

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