Digital Storytelling: A Multidimensional Tool in Education

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Monica E Nilsson
Title: Digital Storytelling: A Multidimensional Tool in Education
Translated title: Digitalt berättande: ett flerdimensionellt pedagogiskt verktyg
Book: Handbook of Digital Information Technologies: Innovations, Methods and Ethical Issues
Year: 2008
Editor: Thomas Hansson
ISBN: 1599049708
Publisher: Information Science Publishing
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The aim of this chapter is to discuss digital storytelling in the context of education. Two questions guide the study: What is a digital story and what is a good digital story? What is the motivation for making a digital story? I have examined short multimodal personally-told digital stories published on the Internet. As a theoretical framework for the discussion I have compared digital storytelling with storytelling traditions in, what Walter Ong calls, the oral and the written culture. The result implies that the definition of a (good) digital story depends on what is considered a narrative. By transcending what has traditionally been considered narrative and by defining narrative in a broader sense, digital storytelling is an innovative tool and serves as a promising activity facilitating learning and development in the post modern society.
Summary in Swedish: Kapitlet bygger på en studie där digitala berättelser publicerade på URs Rum för Berättande analyseras med syftet att förstå innebörden av digitalt berättande. En diskussion förs om digitalt berättande som ett pedagogiskt verktyg.
Subject: Education\General
Keywords: Digital storytelling, education, narrative, multimodality