Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. The media used may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), animation, stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.1 There are many forms stories may take and many tools that may be used to create them. Most stories include an audio narrative. There are three main parts to creating a digital story that may be seen in the image below (left).2
This page and those that follow contain information and resources for helping you to create a digital story. As you plan out your story keep the storytelling process on the right in mind. Doing so will help you have the best product at the end. Following these simple steps can help you stay organized and create the best project possible.
Each of these steps may occur at the same time - they are not linear or chronological. There is interplay between each. They all must be juggled and may overlap during the creation of a project.