Creating digital stories helps to preserve history for others. Since digital stories are created using media based tools, these oral histories can be preserved online. For those who want to share their story online for others to hear, it can be used as a tool for learning. Oral histories and speeches are used in classrooms for children to learn firsthand stories of the past. Children are engaged with digital storytelling because of the interactive media that goes along with the story. Children learn from these stories and can begin to learn history through digital stories.

Digital stories are preserved so future generations can learn from these stories, such as something personal that was expressed through a digital story. Future generations will be given these stories to learn about their past, and see things from an other’s point of view. By preserving and telling stories others learn to see, hear and perceive the world in different ways. Without multiple views on events that have taken place in history, voices can be lost or overlooked. By sharing and preserving these stories from every walk of life, history will form from more than a single story.

One repository that preserves the oral histories of others is HistoryMakers. This is the largest known archive collection of well-known and unsung African Americans. This archive has over 8,000 hours of digital stories from African American voices. This archive serves as an accessible archive for students, teachers, scholars and documentary producers. This collection teaches history through the voices of those who were there. They have videos available for others to listen to so their history will never be lost and others can use this archive to learn about their history.

For more information on this topic please see:

Story Development:

Haven, Kendall F. Story Proof: the Science behind the Startling Power of Story. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

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