I recently had the opportunity to participate in a 3-day Digital Storytelling Workshop in NYC with the StoryCenter.
I went in with the goal of learning how to use digital storytelling with students. I wanted to work with students to help them better share experiences they’d had while traveling abroad with the school and while volunteering with organizations in our own city. My idea of digital storytelling was a collection of videos and photos with a voice over. I thought I would be going to learn the technical ins and outs of how to create this digital product.
What I came away with was so much more. We did learn the technical ins and outs, but I was happily surprised by how in-depth we went into the story writing process. We discussed the purpose and structure of telling stories. The emotions of a story, how to tell a story from the heart instead of simply retelling an event. We learned to question ourselves. Why this story? Why now? And how to add to a story so that we create visuals without necessarily using explicit images. The instructors did a fantastic job; sharing the process of creating digital stories and empowering the participants to believe in themselves and in the power of their story. And best of all, we created our own digital stories! Feel free to take a look at my digital story. The workshop provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to begin working with students on their own digital stories, and I cannot wait to see what they create.
If you are interested in Digital Storytelling, I highly recommend the workshops and webinars through the StoryCenter.