Technology of Digital Storytelling

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Digital story telling helps students master the use of different multimedia tools to succinctly share a part of their world and open up dialogue with an international online community. At the same time, students develop their skills in visual, audio and written communications. This article covers the creative process and the technology used to create “The Road to San Vicente.” Using video interviews, pictures, and research data gathered while in the village of San Vicente de Nicoya de Guanacaste Costa Rica, the author goes through the process of flowcharting, storyboarding, scripting, video editing, creating voice-overs, animating, and publishing a digital story. Digital story telling gives voice to many groups who are not commonly heard. Additionally, digital stories entertains and educates the viewer about diverse subgroups within cultures. In the process, the multimedia student learns how to work with multiple technologies and develop their visual literacy along with creative writing and production skills.


Keywords: Digital Story Telling, Multimedia, Visual Literacy, Adobe Creative Suite
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Linda Wright Smith

Professor, Depatment of Multimedia Design, Cameron University
Lawton, Oklahoma, USA

Dr. Linda Wright-Smith is an Associate Professor at Cameron University in the Department of Multimedia Design. She lived and worked with the villagers. She also photographed and conducted video taped interviews with the people of San Vicente de Guanacaste Costa Rica in the summers of 2006, 2007. She is using this data to provide a digital social anthropological record of the villagers’ daily life. Presently, her main interest is in digital animation and storytelling.

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