“To address the most important issue first: there is no such thing as digital storytelling. There’s only storytelling in the digital age. . .Digital is not the difficult part in digital storytelling. Storytelling is.” ~ Jasper Visser
Bella & Jules
After developing and facilitating a digital storytelling exploratory course for middle schoolers for nine years, I am rejoicing in the fact that digital tools have been getting easier and easier to use. I began by using Pinnacle Studio on a standalone desktop PC–not connected to our SLOW school network. I liked it but always ran into issues with rendering…crashing, taking FOREVER, formatting, etc. Eventually, we bought Flip cameras and were able to also purchase Adobe Premiere Elements and a new, much faster desktop PC. What a difference! The only problem is that we only had one editing computer in the school and of course each of the groups of students I was working with needed that one computer at the same time. This was always frustrating because I only had the students three times a week for 30 minutes each day. I was eager to learn about new online editing tools and applications through #etmooc Topic 2 Digital Storytelling and took the opportunity to explore several of them, along with some other digital storytelling options, which I am sharing below.