Digital Storytelling as Form of Faith Formation

Citation: 
"Digital storytelling as form of faith formation,” presented to the National Association for Media Literacy Education biannual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 24, 2011.
Abstract: 

Presentation to the National Association for Media Literacy Education biannual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 24, 2011: The pace of change in current contexts, particularly around emerging digital tools, is far too rapid to draw definitive conclusions about the impact and utility of such tools when used within faith formation. Yet our experience to date is that there is a powerful and deeply constructive learning convergence at the intersection of digital storytelling and faith formation. Dynamics of learning observed in other settings suggest that digital tools are dramatically reshaping our learning contexts. Those of us concerned with faith formation ignore these shifts not only at our own peril, but at the peril of our communities of faith. It is too late to think that we can simply do “what we have always done” in faith formation. Such methods no longer function well in our pluralistic, non-established religion contexts. Yet all around us there are examples of experiential learning unfolding through the use of emerging digital tools. Digital storytelling is a particularly compelling and effective way to embody faith formation in our current contexts.

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