Digital Storytelling

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Where: In preparation for Word AIDS Day 2010, Katie MacEntee and Lukas Labacher facilitated a Digital Storytelling Workshop over three days with students in a grade 8 classroom at Gobindlovu Secondary school, Vulindlela, South Africa.

What They did: Katie and Lukas used Digital Storytelling, a visually-based research method, to learn about students’ lived experiences with HIV and AIDS in their community and around their schools.

How They Did it: Students collaborated with each other into small groups, and organized their thoughts and ideas on post-it notes  about how AIDS and HIV affected them and their community. Next, students drew out their ideas on a storyboard sheet, and included captions to each section, to form stories. When their stories were drawn out, each group was given a digital camera to capture their stories on photographs. Then, their photos were uploaded to a laptop, and with the help from Lukas and Katie, students transposed their stories and images into PowerPoint presentations, where the order of their storyboard images and captions matched what they captured on their photographs. Before the presentations were finished, students added either music, or their own voices, describing how each photo represented how AIDS and HIV affected them and their community.

Purpose: A week later, students were given an  opportunity to present their presentations at a nearby community Centre to researchers, community leaders, school principals, and family and friends for World AIDS Day, and the 16 Days of Activism  against Violence Against Women.

Partners: The Digital Storytelling Project was sponsored by The Centre for Visual Methodologies and Social Change at UKZN, and was supported by an NRF-funded Every Voice Counts Project headed by Naydene De Lange, a professor at NNMU.

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