Digital Storytelling

Mini oral histories

There is an exciting development that started in the USA and is quickly gaining practitioners in the UK. It’s called Digital Storytelling and it’s giving people the chance to share their stories, their views and feelings with others through multimedia enhanced oral histories that are shared over the World Wide Web.

Digital stories are short (2-3 minute) videos that comprise a story, with an accompanying musical sound track, illustrated by photos and/or clips of video or film, etc.

How you may use digital stories

An organisation might use these stories in a range of ways:

  • to show the range of personalities of those who work for them, explaining the motives and values they bring to their work
  • to tell stories about the organisation’s history and development thorough an employee’s eyes
  • to reflect on the organisation’s values and how they are reflected in those who work for it, to encourage employees to envision a new future

Such a product might be used as a marketing tool, because it can be easily compressed to be made accessible on a website, or sent via email, as well as being able to be played ‘large screen’ in public presentations.

Training and team building opportunity

The process of producing such stories can be a great training and team-building opportunity, with participants also learning new creative ICT skills.

Living Archive can provide the training for your to create your own digital stories. We will provide all portable equipment that can be brought to your training room or you may choose to work off site at Living Archive’s training room in Wolverton. Completed stories will be produced as a compilation in DVD format and in a format suitable for distribution on the web. Contact Mel Jeavons by phone on 01908-322568 or email to discuss your requirements

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