How does being digital enable new aspects of storytelling? What can digital storytelling Do?
- Digital stories are casual and easy to read.
The idea is that users can kind of tell a story about their entire day in a narrative manner through stories. It’s supposed to be used to give friends a brief look at what interesting things a friend has done in the past 24 hours (Moreau, 2019).
2. Digital stories are interactive.
To further engage your audience while using Twitter live, users can comment and send in hearts to react to your content. This lets you do a Q&A type video and gain feedback on the parts of your story that resonate with your audience the most (Twitter, 2018).
3. Digital storytelling makes an impact on student literacy.
Technology isn’t something we should be avoiding, in fact, it’s something we should teach responsibly in our classrooms. What we need to do is use it to help children re-engage with stories through the digital world. This, in turn, will encourage literacy and reading (kemp, 2018).
Digital storytelling appears to have many advantages, as the points above indicate.
It occured to me earlier in the week, that high schoolers might really relate to storytelling as it pertains to mediums they use on a regular basis: Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook. I was thinking “tweet-sized” instructions or stories would be an effective new way of interacting with my students. I looked it up and I found a story consisting of 600-something tweets. I found that very interesting. I couldn’t find a Snapchat example (obviously, they get deleted within 24 hours). I even turned my building neighbor onto Twine and she did a non-linear story with her students on Thursday and Friday last week.
Google is full of sources one can visit to learn about storytelling as an effective marketing tool, and even a good charitable (fundraising) tool.
In addition, the prolific amount of digital storytelling mediums indicates that there is a great demand for such tools: Periscope, Hatch, Adobe Spark, Twine, etc.
But, who is the audience? It wasn’t me or any of my friends before I started this journey. No one I knows shares digital stories on FaceBook or has ever mentioned digital stories. It isn’t my peer, Erika Horn. In reference to one of our sources last week she stated, “I think that I prefer storytelling in the traditional sense.” Me too, Erika. As I looked at Periscope, I thought, this is YouTube. I have never gone to YouTube to browse; I only ever go there with a purpose. If I want to read, I pick up a book. I do not even click on shares I scroll across on my FaceBook newsfeed, because the are mostly garbage and time-suckers anyway.
I have to admit, Adobe Spark was pretty cool. The user interface was so simple and fun. That being said, I have no plans to go listen to anyone else’s stories; I only watched 2 of the examples on the Story Center website before I started my activity. I just wonder, how ARE charitable foundations making money with digital storytelling? I can’t tell you the last time I clicked on a video link, watched a pitch, and donated money. So, who is?
Just because something is new and innovative doesn’t mean that it is better. Many times these sparks fizzle out before they can turn into a substantial blaze. I think the digital medium has its place, most likely advertising. But, I don’t think the stories (long, short, video, interactive) that are told digitally will ever reach the market the way books do in the traditional sense. I entertained the idea of doing another Adobe Spark in place of this blog, but it seemed like too much work.
- Kemp, C. (2018, December 13). How Digital Stories Are Making An Impact on Student Literacy. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://mrkempnz.com/2018/12/how-digital-stories-are-making-an-impact-on-student-literacy.html
- Moreau, E. (2019, January 24). Here’s What You Need to Know About Posting Stories on Snapchat. Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-snapchat-story-3486000
- Twitter Storytelling Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2019, from https://blog.twilert.com/2018/05/twitter-stories/