Planning and Preparing a Digital Storytelling Project

Benefits for Participants

There are a number of benefits to being involved in a digital storytelling project. Project participants will have an opportunity to:

  • express and share their experiences through group discussion and storytelling with other participants whose parents are residential school survivors;
  • engage in story-based and arts-based healing processes;
  • create a video about one of their own life stories that will be theirs to keep, and it will be their decision whether they want to screen their videos publicly, or keep them private;
  • learn the techniques of creating a video story, so they can produce more digital stories in the future, and they can teach others how to make digital stories.

The digital storytelling project is participatory in several ways. In addition to being the ones to decide on how their digital stories will be used, shared or disseminated (resources permitting), the project participants are the ones who generate the digital stories.

The project teaches participants how to use digital editing software, so they are the ones editing their own videos, rather than having a technical support team to do the technological aspects of the project for them. Nevertheless, this is an option for the project facilitator and participants to consider, when planning the digital storytelling project.