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Digital Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling is a method where 2-5 minutes long short clips are created that consist of photographs and voiceovers. The method was developed by the StoryCenter Berkley (USA) and is a popular life-narrative technique that combines the ancient art of storytelling with digital media. To create these clips, accessible and affordable technology is used, for example Power Point or free apps such as ShadowPuppet.

7 Components of Digital Storytelling

1) Self Revelatory – The stories feature a sense of discovery dna immediacy.

(2) First Person Voice – The stories are personal reflections on a subject and feature the authors’ voice.

(3) Lived Experience – The stories are about lived experiences and are told as a moment in time.

(4) Photos more than moving Images – The stories are predominantly created by using still images and less moving images to create a relaxed pace combined with the narration.

(5) Soundtrack – Music can be used in the stories to support the plot.

(6) Length and Design – The stories should be around 2-3 minutes long, max. 5 minutes.

(7) Intention – The process of the creation of the story is more important than the product. The storyteller owns the story and this informs all choices of participation, production, distribution as well as ethics.

(Lambert 2010, 9-25)


Lambert, J. (2010). The Digital Storytelling Cookbook. Berkley: Digital Diner Press.

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