This blog is a course blog for AFRO/GWSS Digital Storytelling at the University of Minnesota, Spring 2011.
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Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory, writing history, learning, entertaining, organizing, and healing. Digital stories are short, first person video-narratives created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Digital storytellers are those who have a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. In this course students learned how to make digital stories and become digital storytellers. Our specific focus was to construct stories about "sociological ghosts," the strong but usually invisible and unexamined forces in our lives that limit our thoughts and actions; students engaged their sociological ghosts in order to remix identities, construct new meanings, and expand connections with others and the world. Students also produced a digital story on "My Place at the University of Minnesota," and a third project was either another digital story or a group mini-documentary.