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Digital storytelling: Military community and its schools

October 28, 2010

My digital story is a retelling of one of my husband’s military experiences. It gives the proper version of events, not what an outside reporter or third party believes occurred. I immediately thought about how many stories military members and their families have to share. It may even be therapeutic for some service members to share their experiences, and wouldn’t it be great if these men and women were able to work together with their families to create living memories that have personal, cultural and historical importance? I envision this being an excellent cross-discipline educational project for Department of Defense Education Activity school libraries within the US and abroad. There’s a lot of literature on the value of digital storytelling in schools and libraries, but check out San Diego Public Library’s Digital Storytelling Station to see how libraries actively encourage community members to partake in interactive storytelling.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon permalink
    October 28, 2010 8:50 pm

    I love the idea of using digital storytelling to both capture the reality of military experience and give military members and their families a way to share and express their experiences. This generation of military members are certainly experienced using digital tools for communication so this provides them with a way to share that is relevant to their lives. I think this echos the importance of serving our communities in a way that meets them where they are, using modes of communication that allow for information exchange in as organic a way as possible.

  2. jbrasch permalink
    October 28, 2010 8:52 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I agree that storytelling can be therapeutic for the storyteller. As a listener, I am also drawn to personal stories and narratives. Some of my favorite radio shows and podcasts of the same vein. This American Life and The Moth to name a few.

  3. October 28, 2010 10:42 pm

    You might really be on to something with this idea. Digital storytelling might even be a new avenue to help treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some soldiers might find it difficult to talk to a counselor or face to face with another person about a traumatic experience, but might find it tolerable to tell their story digitally. In the end it may not help treat PTSD, but I am sure some very interesting and historically relevant material would come out of it.

  4. toverduin permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:57 am

    It is really exciting to think of the impact this may have on people; not only military personnel and their families, but all kinds of historically valuable stories may arise from library promotion of this service. The library could play a huge part in not only collecting information available in published documents, but in publishing information themselves through digital storytelling. I hope that more libraries will catch on to this valuable service that could prove very historically significant.

  5. Nicole Branch permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:37 pm

    The military storytelling project is a great idea. I’m looking forward to viewing your story this week! Thanks for the San Diego storytelling link– that also looks like a great project. I like the detailed process they have outlined. Nicole

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