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Digital Storytelling

This guide provides the information and resources to create your own digital stories.

What is digital storytelling?

"…digital storytelling combines the best of two worlds: the "new world" of digitized video, photography and art, and the "old world" of telling stories. This means the "old world" of PowerPoint slides filled with bullet point statements will be replaced by a "new world" of examples via stories, accompanied by evocative images and sounds." - Dana Atchley, Digital Storytelling pioneer

Creating a digital story

Digital storytelling refers to short videos, usually two to three minutes in length. A Digital Story can be made from a range of audio and visual elements. The backbone of a Digital Story is a written script - approximately 250 words long. Your script is turned into an audio voice over and combined with visuals such as photos, drawings, diagrams, video, and animation to create a Digital Story.


It is essential you read the copyright information before starting your digital story. You may fail the assessment if you do not follow copyright regulations.

Examples of digital storytelling

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