Digital Storytelling for Students with Learning Disabilities
Digital storytelling combines the tradition of storytelling with digital technology. Creating digital stories invites students to utilize multiple forms of media to tell their story. It provides students with the ability to do research, explore innovative technology, and collaborate with peers to tell a story.
Digital stories are typically a few minutes long (e.g. 2-5 minutes long) and have many purposes: narrative, informative, instructional, or telling personal events or stories. Creating digital stories can serve students with learning disabilities who may experience difficulty with telling a story through writing. These individuals typically struggle with the various stages of writing, which include selecting a topic and planning out their writing piece, revising their work, and completing the piece of writing to meet requirements. Many students with learning disabilities have difficulty putting their thoughts to writing and/or lose focus while writing down their thoughts, due to the physical act of writing.
Digital storytelling opens up opportunities to scaffold traditional literacy for students with learning disabilities in order…