Digital Storytelling, Then and Now: From Academic Tool to Social Empowerment

ID: 51737 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Julie Springer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCEducation Division, United States

Thursday, June 28 4:10-4:30 PM

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This reflection on digital storytelling traces the variety of educational roles it has served over the last two decades, from its origins as an academic tool for technology literacy, to a powerful vehicle for personal growth and community building Digital storytelling has swept the globe impacting academics, corporate life, healthcare, and human rights advocacy It has documented countless histories of individuals and social groups Today it is used as an instrument for social justice, capitalizing on the power of story to connect lives, cultivate empathy, and inspire storytellers and listeners alike Digital storytelling allowed educators to teach much of the content and skills established by their curricula while putting into play the learner-centered teaching methodologies that were gaining in popularity It was cross-disciplinary and multi-modal—visual, auditory, kinesthetic—thus offering many different approaches to learning Digital storytelling also dovetailed with recent findings in cognitive science and social and emotional learning Today digital storytelling is used worldwide for socially responsive learning Sharing meaningful stories can be theraputic It connects people and reminds them that what they have in common may be far more important than what divides them Digital storytelling has become an important modern medium for an age-old practice—one that is humanistic and more relevant globally than ever before


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