What is digital storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid colour to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Leslie Rule, Centre for Digital Storytelling

Most people love telling stories. It is very important part of our humanity and culture. Some of us are natural storytellers while others freeze at the thought but we all have stories to tell.
Digital story telling is a way of recording personal experience with the storyteller owning the process and the end product. The process helps people to find their story and create it in a form – images and voice – that is very powerful. It is a form related to current technology that has its own fascination and challenges. It taps into the power of the new literacy – information and communications technology.

What can digital stories be used for?

• Creating learning resources
• Reporting creatively
• Preserving community and personal histories
• Producing, promoting knowledge products
• Engaging, inspiring, motivating learners
• Displaying eportfolios, authenticating assessments
• Mentoring in the workplace
• Celebrating achievements and events
• Creating visual learning memories for people with short term memry issues

Why use digital storytelling?

• because digital storytelling encapsulates so much of what adult education and lifelong learning is all about – it is fun, it involves the community and it celebrates talent!
• to create promotional, educational, inspirational and motivational multimedia resources quickly
• to make the best use of free PC software
• ability to be easily shared via CD/DVD, internet, intranets, on websites, in online courses, on PDAs

For which education groups?

ESL and literacy groups
promotes conversation, exploration, writing and oracy
great for a group project and/or independent learning, improves communication skills
Indigenous groups
• for cultural awareness, retention of community lore and knowledge, advocacy and information sharing
People with a disability
promotes conversation, organizational skills, creates an avenue for self expression
Older people
• to share family stories, creates stories related to our cultural heritage
Community capacity building
Organisations and community groups who wish to record key events, programs.
Generic skills development
ICT literacy and skill development.

How will you use Digital Storytelling?

Client Group?


  • Introduce concepts and delivery models
  • Identify process
  • Identify technology requirements
Minimum Pentium III 600mhz 128MB RAM 2GB Hard drive
CD/DVD burner
Windows XP
• For graphics eg MS PhotoEditor, freeware Paint.net
• For audio eg Audacity
• For digital story eg PhotoStory 3 or Moviemaker
Do I need print based resources?
• Plenty available through Digital Storytelling Network: check with Mary Schooneveldt
Remeber to encourage reflection and application

What makes a good digital story?

• narrative
• dramatic question
• emotional content
• gift of the voice
• power of the soundtrack
• economy
• pacing

DST online session in Live Classroom

Josie Rose SMR ACFE
Mary Schooneveldt SMR ACFE
Sally Dusting-Laird Coonara Community House
Manrico Moro Flemington
Chiemi Jardine Flemington
Junita Lyon CCEG
Waye Burrell Werribee CC

Thanks to everyone who attended and shared so generously in terms of progress and tools - an excellent session. Particular thanks to Mary Schooneveldt - Smith who stood in for Clint who is as we speak relaxing in Greece and eating birthday cake!
Everyone found the online tutorial very interesting and had lots of tips and tricks to share.
You can catch up by accessing this link to the archived session:

Here is a taster of the story Mary produced as part of the tutorial.


1. Digital Storytelling Network – is an amazing group with links to everything you need to know about digital storytelling includes links to manuals and free software http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=107 (also try the Digitales Wikispace, which came from the same network of people.)

2. Designing e-learning Photostory - quick guide with storyboard.

3. Check out the fabulous NSW LearnScope tutorial on using Photostory 3 at:

4. Free Microsoft Windows XP download for quick and easy digital stories
Photostory 3

5. You may also need some supporting files if they aren’t present on your computer eg Windows Media Player 11
Free Microsoft Windows XP product that should already be loaded on your computer – check you program list. But if its not…

6. Free SoundForge program to use if you wish to create more complex sound tracks

7. Check out Wayne from Werribbee CC's step-by-step notes for his students on his wiki at:
Just look into the attachments section to find the 3 weeks of notes to download. Thanks Wayne for sharing your resources