For my study, my driving question is: Does using digital storytelling impact student achievement in reading? One seminal person researching in the area of my driving question is Joe Lambert. Joe Lambert founded The Center for Digital Storytelling in the 1990s. When he started he said he wanted to make expression on video the "typing" of the 21st century. He goes around the world teaching Digital Storytelling. Lambert feels that the world is starting to see the importance of creativity and digital storytelling is part of that. He believes that people should be telling the story of their lives to make them a complete person. Another person is Daniel Meadows. He was an English photographer and teacher. He turned his photos into digital stories. He taught a class called "Digital Storytelling and Photography." He has also lectured widely about digital storytelling. Both of these men are associated with the website: http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/index.cfm. On their website they give example stories of Digital Storytelling, promote digital storytelling software, and give a step by step instructions on how to create digital stories. According to the website, Samantha Morra came up with these eight steps to create a digital story:
I feel these steps work with any program and give a good guide to digital storytelling. I will use these steps in my work with my driving question. This website gives a lot of good information especially for teachers who are interested in starting digital stories with their students. My students will be retelling a story using digital storytelling.