What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital storytelling is the process of writing about a story, and adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and music to create a visual story.


See http://www.21centuryconnections.com/videocontest for all the details

21st Century Connections Multimedia Contest for Students K-12
Offered by Lenovo, Intel, Adobe, and Futurekids; hosted by Technology & Learning

What: The 21st Century Connections program invites K-12 students to participate in the launch of its first multimedia video contest. The competition, open to all K-12 students, challenges you to make 21st century technology a movie star in your own public service announcement. Students who create the most compelling videos win a laptop from Lenovo featuring Intel® Centrino® Pro processor Technology and Adobe Digital School Collection software.

How: Enter the best possible video that showcases why digital learning tools are important to your school or curriculum. The video should be between 2 - 3 minutes (nothing longer than 3 will be accepted), and it must focus on digital technology in today's schools.

Who Can Submit:
The contest is open to all K-12 students who submit a video between July 15, 2007 and October 19, 2007. Fill out an entry form for each video and be sure to include your description of why technology is important to learning on the entry form. Videos must be received by midnight, October 19, 2007.

Submission process:
Along with uploading your video, you will be asked to write:
  • A short, 50-word description explaining why technology is important to education
  • A description of what kind of software you used to edit your video. For tips and help on digital video - see "Introduction to Digital Video." <http://www.21centuryconnections.com/node/128>

How to Submit:
All-Star Video materials must be submitted electronically - Stay tuned for more information about how to submit your video.

Teachers may submit classroom and/or individual videos OR students may submit their own individual videos. If videos are being submitted over the summer, either parents (for young students) or students may submit referencing their grade level and teacher from the recently completed year.

Winners: 12 winners will be named, with 1 first place and 3 second place winners in each of the following categories: elementary, middle school, and high school.

First place winners receive a Lenovo laptop and Adobe Digital School Collection. Student's school wins a technical assessment from Futurekids and up to 25 licenses for Adobe Digital School Collection. Second place winners receive Adobe Digital School Collection. Student's principal will win airfare, accommodations, and admission to an upcoming 21st Century Connections event. Prizes awarded to US and Canadian residents only.

Ownership Rights:
While the videographer retains ownership and copyright of the videos, entry of your video in the contest gives Technology & Learning and the 21st Century Connections partners the right to reproduce and display the video and stills from the video (in multiple media, including techLEARNING.com, Technology & Learning magazine, the 21st Century Connections Web site, the 21st Century Connections partners website and promotional materials) for promotional and educational purposes.

We will not be able to return videos.

Consent Forms:
The video must obtain all the necessary consents and authorizations from persons videotaped. Please download the appropriate forms, have them signed, and submit via fax (650.238.0263) or regular mail to: Jared Stearns, Technology & Learning magazine, Be a Video All-Star, 1111 Bayhill Drive, Ste 125, San Bruno, CA 94066. While we recommend that entrants include permission forms with their entries, they need not accompany submissions to be considered for the contest.

21 Century Connections - Digital Storytelling

DigiTales: The Art of Digital Storytelling

What 21st literacies/skills does digital storytelling advance?

  • Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
  • Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
  • Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
  • Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
  • Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
  • Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  • Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
  • Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms

Software Tutorials (Windows Movie Maker & iMovie)

Open-Source Video Editors

Open-Source Image Editors

Online Digital Video Services

Online Resources

Audacity (Sound Editor)

Pinnacle Systems Studio DV

Citation Resources and Copyright Information**

Storytelling Ideas

  • PSA – Public Service Announcement
  • Breaking News or Olds Broadcasts
  • “Movie” Trailer (book, article, historical era or event, etc.)
  • Reenactment / Living History
  • Oral History
  • Documentary or Docu-Drama
  • Virtual Tour
  • Story told from the perspective of an object