Thursday, May 22, 2008

e-Learning Summit Breakout Session: Creating a Common Vocabulary in Digital Story Creation

Heather Wells from TIES presented on creating a common vocabulary for digital storytelling.

She started by defining digital storytelling as one that incorporates media and visual images.

  • Beginning
  • Middle
  • End

Digital Story
Content, storyline, soundtrack, narration, editing, plot, ...

Most important: Visual Literacy

She used some of the writings of Dr. Anne Bamford
Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework-Part III discusses this.
Visual Literacy Toolbox has some good info.


  • Light and Shaddow
  • Color
  • Scale
  • Symbolism
  • Balance-Symetrical and Asymetrical
  • Context-Who created it?, In what context is it seen?
  • Intended Audience
Elements of Media Arts
  • Image
  • Sound
  • Space-Rule of Thirds
  • Time
  • Motion
  • Sequence

Copyright- Use Creative Commons guidelines for images and video. In order to use an image from say, "Flickr", there are 3 types of licensing- Copyright, Creative Commons-which allows for varied levels of sharing capability, and Public Domain. Using the Advanced Search in Flickr, you can check a box to only show images that can be used and altered.

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