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"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 color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitally."Bold text - Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association

Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. Digital stories contain computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length from two to ten minutes. Students can build stories from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe.

Digital Storytelling can be done on the internet through several Web 2.0 sites or through several software applications.

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PowerPoint is an application that has been used to tell a story or create an application. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, remember to save to a lower version of PowerPoint in order to send to another person or use the Pack and Go feature to send to anyone so that they can open and view your PowerPoint.

Photo Story is another application that is easy to use to tell a story. PhotoStory is a free download from Microsoft at Photostory for Windows. You can also add voice and music to the story. The motion of the photos can create the illusion of a video. It takes a few steps to create a blank slide for credits, information, etc., in Photo Story. However, step-by-step directions ( Adding Blank Slides to a Photo Story.doc or Adding Blank Slides to a Photo Story.pdf) showing how to insert a blank slide along with a web page to assist has been created to make this easier for the user.

A great site to see some of the Web 2.0 Applications that create digital stories is from Alan Levine. He has a wikispace that has links to over 50 sites in which he uses each site to tell the same story of his dog, Dominoe. The site is CogDogRoo. Great to see how the same story can have a different feeling due to the application used. Other Digital Storytelling Links:

Center for Digital Story Telling Dr. Helen Barratt's site on Digital Storytelling in Education, Family and International Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Tech Head Stories--Digital Storytelling The Elements of Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling--Using Technology to Tell Stories Digital Storytelling Examples of Digital Stories Digital Storytelling Examples Digital Storytelling Rubric Example UMASS Digital Storytelling Rubric Example Rubrics for Digital Storytelling--Includes storyboard, final digital story, sountrack and reflection activities