Digital storytelling: A multimodal wonderland




Harrison, Janie B.

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In the 21st century, what it means to be literate is evolving. This project examines digital storytelling as one way to incorporate multiliteracies into the traditional literacy skills of writing stories. Included in the project is a guide designed to support students’ learning as they create digital stories. The guide provides instructors with the information needed to work one on one with students aged 11-18 to generate digital stories. A digital story uses digital technology to tell a story with words, images and sounds, producing a multimodal text. Professional literature reviewed for this project revealed that authoring and viewing digital stories provide a link between traditional and new literacies. Further dimensions researched were the elements of linguistic design, auditory design and visual design suggested by the New London Group’s A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies (1996). Thus digital storytelling can be a valuable tool to bridge the old with the new.



storytelling, multimodal, multiliteracies, one-to-one, literacy, visual design, auditory design, linguistic design, digital storytelling