Leave a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital storytelling. Stories are important, providing us with a voice in time and place about our heritage. Rich digital stories can be created using many different technologies, such as iMovie, Movie-maker, Photo Story 3, and BubbleShare. Stories can then be published or broadcast over the Internet. To construct a lasting record, stories should also be preserved in print on acid free paper and both the digital and print copy should be donated to a repository such as a local library or museum.
Getting Started with Digital Storytelling
American Folklife Center
Your first stop should be the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The wealth of material available is superb. Browse by subject or geographical area. Be sure to read "A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms" by Paddy Bowman, coordinator, Network for Folk Arts in Education. The entire document is available online and will provide valuable tips for gathering information for your digital story. For the serious teacher or student who wants to learn how to collect ethnographic materials, conduct interviews, and preserve information, read the booklet, Folklife and Fieldwork, by Peter Bartis. Then, explore the online collections such as Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier, Voices from the Dustbowl, Folk-Songs of America, or Tending the Commons.
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