“Where Modern Multimedia Technology Meets Oral Tradition”
tradition, autobiographical sketches and community folklore go
hi-tech through the use of digital storytelling software used
by those who choose to capture
a moment in their lives or minds and share them with the world. MassIMPACT has
engaged a digital storytelling project that has created an excitement in unexpected
places. Both youth and adults have been involved in a statewide project to develop
and relate their own stories, concerns, perspectives, past struggles and visions
for a better future.
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the use
of integrated digital technologies to develop and share personal
stories and community histories.
These multimedia narratives
generally consist of text, voices and images that allow the individual to create
candid and/or artistic accounts of their lives, experiences and perspectives
on an arrays of topics. The horizon for the use of digital storytelling is endless
and has led to the establishment of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley,
CA in the 1990s.
Organizations and schools have adapted, and sometimes modify, the process of
integrating digital storytelling into school curriculums, after-school programs,
individual reflections, community organizing strategies and program evaluation
activities. Digital storytelling is also an excellent vehicle for fostering intergenerational
interaction between youth and elders whom we affectionately refer to as the “wise
MassIMPACT Digital Storytelling Project
3 to 4-day digital storytelling workshops, in a “boot
camp” format, that take participants through an intensive process of developing
scripts, gathering and digitizing images and videos, and editing/integrating
all media formats in a manner that tells a well-conceived and compelling story.
These workshops culminate in screenings and discussions of digital stories developed
by the participants and other storytellers. Through digital storytelling, participants
are transformed from mere consumers of media to producers of media: often arriving
to the point of seeing themselves, their communities and use of technology from
a different and enhanced perspective.
The Digital Stories gallery requires QuickTime
which is a free download for Windows and Mac.
Apply now for the next Spreading the Stories train-the-trainer workshop. More Info.