Week 12: Response & Reflection

Our article this week is “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling”.

1.         What are your main insights and ideas from the given reading? I think the seven steps is awesome. The first one “Owning Your Insights” is so powerful and speaks to point of view, voice, and the conflict that makes for a good/great story. Then the author talks about the emotions behind the story. The story needs to be tied to both the emotions of the storyteller and the emotions of the audience. Step 3 looks at that moment of change that makes for a powerful story. Step four is about “Seeing Your Story”. This is where the author begins to incorporate the digital aspect of digital storytelling. It asks the questions “how do you show your story to the audience?” Step five incorporates the audio part of the story. This can include voice, sound effects, music, etc., sounds that help to convey the story. Step six is where you pull all of the elements together. And finally, in step 7, you share your story. One of my biggest take-a-ways are that in every step of the process, you consider the story you are trying to tell as well as your audience; each element of the story is an important part of connecting with the story and having the story connect with your audience.

2.         What unique terminology, jargon, buzzwords, and other concepts appear in this reading that require your careful attention and definition? What are your interpretations of these words and concepts? There didn’t seem to be any unique terminology, etc, in this piece. I guess what makes this more unique than some of the other pieces about the steps to creating a digital story, are the titles the author gives the steps, and how they break the steps out in 7 components.

3.         How does this reading challenge/expand/contradict your definition of (digital) storytelling? At this point, I feel that we have read so many different articles and pieces about digital stories that there isn’t much new in this chapter. It is about doing the steps, and creating the connection.

4.         Having engaged this reading, what are you now curious about?  What questions are you asking, particularly about (digital) storytelling? I guess, I’d like to question more on whether or not a digital story always requires an audio track. It seems that these steps limit you to both visuals and audio tracks in order for it to be a digital story. But I would think that a digital story could also consist of one or the other. Especially when you take into consideration deaf or blind audience members. The steps in this book limit you to both a seeing and a hearing audience. Now, I might try and look for writings on digital storytelling in the deaf or blind communities.

5.         What additional scholarship, popular media, teaching resources, or other media are related to your developing understanding of both (digital) storytelling and this reading? I don’t have any additional reading to add this week.

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