Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Digital Story that Tugs at your Heartstrings

While I was creating my own digital story, I couldn't help but remember a video that one of my students posted in our class blog during my internship. I asked my students to each create a blog post to the following questions: "What does peace mean to you?" "If everyone wants peace, why is it so hard to attain?"  I was quite surprised with how many well written responses I received back, but what blew me away was a video one student embedded in her post to go along with her response. Most of the students wrote great responses but seemed to just type in "peace" on youtube and embed the first video they found. This particular student however, posted a very emotional video that you wouldn't find by simply googling the word peace.

Looking back on it now, I believe that this video is more than just a simple youtube video and actually an alternate form of digital story telling.  To me, this type of Digital Story Telling is extremely powerful because there are absolutely no images in this story and only vocal tracks.  The video tells the story of a young girl speaking to her father who was killed in the 9-11 attacks.  Throughout the story she tells her father about all the important moments that have occurred in her life since he passed away. This story is truly powerful because as you listen, you feel as if you are actually watching this young girl grow up, while at the same time also experiencing the pain she feels.
Here's the story:

What do you guys think? Do you think this is another form of digital story telling as well? What was your impression after listening to this young girls story?


  1. Wow! This is very powerful indeed. I do think it is another form of story telling. As I listened, I could picture the girl, her emotions, the events she is talking about and I can see her growing up. Without visuals I think this really makes the audience focus on the words and the message of the story she is sharing and I feel that the video possibly is more meaningful because of this.

    1. That's exactly what I was thinking! Without the visuals we are truly forced to concentrate more not only on what she is saying but also the way she is saying it. It's amazing!