Baseball Trip 2001
Quick Animoto show created in a couple of minutes in a digital photography class.
Short version is that it the use of multimedia (images, video, audio and text) to tell meaningful stories that illicit an emotional response beyond the fact based presentation of ideas. Some stricter definitions stress the use of all these media, however, I'm a bit more loose in my definition to include any stories that include 2 forms.
This is the way we best communicate. Purpose and Audience are essential ingredients for storytelling. Web publishing is an intergal part of digital storytelling. Sharing with the world beyond your classroom and including personal connection brings motivation and meaning to student work.