What is digital storytelling?
It’s reading, writing, listening, speaking, singing, presenting, recording, mixing, drawing, designing, acting, directing, videoing, songwriting, editing, planning, reviewing, deciding, improving, participating, collaborating, thinking, creating and learning.
Handy skills to have – in school and beyond.
Digital storytelling can be simple and small or vast and varied. What’s more it’s fluid and adaptable and gives children opportunities to work together and to shine.
Writer and teacher Jim Cullinane stumbled into it by accident. Teaching in class, he discovered simple interactive media like sound effects and quizzes gave many kids the much needed hook into a story, especially for reluctant readers and writers.
So he became a digital generalist with a good ol’ Kiwi DIY ethic. Having previously worked in the film and advertising industries, he began writing children’s stories and songs and taught himself how to make animations, eBooks and iBooks.
He now promotes this Digital DIY approach in schools with live performances and iPad Labs – workshops on the many simple apps making stories, music, videos and eBooks to help our children become great iPad creators – not just great iPad consumers!
There’s now a multitude of new ways to entertain and engage in literacy and learning. Yet for all its bells and whistles, you still need the good ol’ fashioned writing and communicating skills, perhaps more so now than ever to cut through the information overwhelm. That means combining our literacy skills with the best digital platform for the job. That’s true digital literacy.