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The way humans tell stories has changed over the centuries.

Stories that were once only passed on from one person to another were eventually written down in books.

And in our more recent history, the dissemination of stories has gone global through radio, television, and movies.

Now, the newest method of sharing stories - digital - has opened new worlds to those wishing to share their stories.

Emily Medalin reports on a class at Minot State University that's teaching digital storytelling.

With today's technology, even the simple act of telling a story has been given an interesting twist. Digital Storytelling uses pictures, videos and audio recordings and turns them into a 3-5 minute video. Creating a digital masterpiece requires as little as a computer, video camera, and the latest iMovie program. The instructor of the class knows firsthand what the importance of these stories can be.

(Aimee Duchsherer, Digital Storytelling Coordinator and Instructer) "I made a video of my maternal great grandmother, and kind of a story about her life and her importance to our family even to this day. Family stories are really popular, and of the workshop that I'm teaching right now a lot of my students have been talking about personal or family stories."

Tuesday night classes are being held at Minot State University. One of the students in the class says she is excited to show her family her personal video story and learn new career skills.

(Valerie Stadick, Student in Digital Storytelling Class) "I can see where I could use this for a lot of tools in my business, and I have a son graduating from high school this year, and it'd be great if I could make a video for him and video for families would be fun."

(Emily Medalen, KX Reporter) "If you're worried about your lack of experience with computers, don't be. This class offers hands on help to anyone who is willing to share their story."

(Aimee Duchsherer, Digital Storytelling Coordinator and Instructor) "I've seen cases where children and grandparents do it together as a way to tell a grandparent's story, and the children are so tech savvy that they can really, you know, get in there and help with that. But anyone can do it. I have a wide range of students right now in the course."

This digital photo album not only organizes old photos, but gives a new spin on passing down stories to the next generation.

At Minot State University, Emily Medalen, KX News.

Minot State is hoping to begin new class sessions in the near future.

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