Lesson 12 - Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Learning Objectives

  • to define digital storytelling
  • to describe the differences between digital storytelling and other multimedia productions.
  • to formally evaluate a digital story.

What is Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories.


Computing Tools


Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between 2 to 10 minutes.




British photographer, author, and educator Daniel Meadows defined digital stories as “short, personal, multimedia tales told from the heart.” The beauty of this form of digital expression, he maintained, is that these stories can be created by people everywhere, on any subject, and shared electronically all over the world.

The 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling

  1. Point of View
    What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question
    A key question that keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story.
  3. Emotional Content
    Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the audience to the story.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice
    A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.
  5. The Power of the Soundtrack
    Music or other sounds that support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy
    Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing
    The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.