Often times digital storytelling is used to tell a personal story of a student that is related to what is being taught in the classroom. A great example of this is having students present their family history using pictures and videos while narrating their past as it relates to history. A great website that shows digital storytelling is http://storiesforchange.net/. This website contains an assortment of personal stories told through digital storytelling to motivate and inspire people. Please check it our and maybe you can find something to use in your classroom.
When I was student teaching, I had my students create podcast interview of a famous abolitionists from the mid nineteenth century. For the most part, my students created great and insightful podcasts. A couple of my students, however, decided to go above and beyond and create a digital story. They added images of their abolitionist, put in symbols, and even put in multi-media. It was very engaging and fun to watch. After seeing some of my students create a digital story, I realized the potential of using this kind of assessment in all classrooms. When presenting a science project, students can introduce their topic with a quick digital story of work done outside the classroom. There is a lot that can be done and I will let you all know the cool things I find out throughout my research this semester!