“Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.”
“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn.
Tell me a truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story & it will live in my heart forever.”
“Digital Storytelling is the modern
expression of the ancient art of storytelling.
Digital stories derive their power
by weaving images, music, narrative
& voice together, thereby giving deep dimension
and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences,
Comic Life is a program you can create comics with but it can be used in so many different ways that you may not have considered . Classes at Dickinson have used it for storyboarding, lab manuals, presentations and of course comics as well. It is a program that is easy and fun to use and allows students to be creative by having so many options available to customize their final piece. It is located in the Bosler Microroom (020) and the Media Center. It can also be downloaded from plasq.com to use as a trial version although it will leave a watermark on anything printed from it.
Faculty & Students
Instructor Led-Hands On
30 Minutes – In Class Time
Learn to organize project into outline
Migrate outline into visual form
Understand fair use and where to locate Creative Commons images
Understand basics of good graphic design and layouts
In this English course Professor Ball has his students read a series of graphic novels and create one page comics in response to the reading. This class has been taught 3 times with a blog associated with each one to display the comic responses.
Professor Humphreys had her students create one or two page comics describing common practices students must know to use equipment in the lab. The comics could then be combined to format a reference manual to use when doing experiments.
Professor Tom Arnold-Biology
Each student in his class on Metabolism was assigned a metabolic disorder that they had to research and present on. Half of the grade for the project was based on a 5-6 page manuscript with a detailed review of the chosen topic. Comic Life was used to create a graphic illustration to describe the disorder and used as the basis of the presentation. The presentation and graphic were each a quarter of the grade for the project.