Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time—it’s been present in every culture and civilization, and has been used as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and more. It predates writing and has taken many forms, from cave wall paintings, carvings and tattoos to oral narratives, music and dance.
Storytelling of today exists much in the same way, only now it takes on new forms and mediums, including video, audio, social media and blogging. Digital storytelling in the classroom can empower students to share their ideas in fun and engaging ways that go beyond the walls of school, increasing reach, impact and learning.
Benefits of digital storytelling
Digital storytelling is simply using digital tools to present a story or idea, but its impact spreads far and wide. Digital elements can inspire, engage and compel, spicing up the dullest of topics. Other key reasons to encourage digital storytelling in your classroom include:
Digital storytelling can be a great means for students to explore and better understand ideas and concepts. Promote it for your classes’ next presentation and watch the learning unfold.
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