Digital Story: 2012 Afghanistan Deployment

For my digital story, I wanted to describe what it was like to be deployed in 2012, to Afghanistan.  One thing I was told and will never forget was, “Only 1% of the United States population will ever get to experience what you are going to”.  I also wanted to provide information about the country, its people and a few of the good things that we were doing for them.

With the “war” being at over 13 years now, I think that most Americans are tired of hearing about it or ignore anything they find unsettling and turn the page or channel.  Unfortunately for military personnel, they are mobilized at a minutes notice to anywhere, at anytime.  It’s not the war in Afghanistan that needs to be broadcast, but the bravery and self-sacrifice of our Soldiers that should be honored by all Americans.

The Personalization Principle is demonstrated throughout my story. I applied knowledge that I discovered while deployed, and included facts about Afghanistan and its people.  I also used conversational style, rather than formal speech for the majority of my story, and included polite speech with good voice quality to capture the audience’s attention.  I did not apply an actual avatar to promote learning, but I included photographs on each slide that corresponded with my narration, which would fall under the Modality Principle.  Included within the story are photographs of men and women in uniform and my story, which represents me, as the author.

I used Voicethread for my digital story, because after searching the Internet for good digital story software, I stumbled upon an article that discussed Afghan women taking part in a Technology Forum, called Take Back the Tech!  During this workshop, held in 2012, these women, “used various new and traditional media tools to express themselves and enhance their advocacy efforts to end gender-based discrimination” (Internews Network, 2012).  Their stories were short and very personal, to the point that it made me feel that my digital story was unimportant in comparison.

Google Doc: Narration


Clark R.C., and Mayer, R.E. (2011). E-learning and the science of Instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. (3rd ed). San Francisco, CA: Pfieffer.

Internews Network. (2012). Technical training for women: Workshop empowers women to end gender-based discrimination. Internews Network.



4 thoughts on “Digital Story: 2012 Afghanistan Deployment

  1. I really appreciated hearing and seeing a personal perspective explaining what deployment to Afghanistan is like. The pictures do tell the story, and your narrative finds a good balance of personal soldier and professional soldier that I can relate to well. Thank you!


  2. Thanks Gail, Our son is in Afghanistan, due to come home in July, and your presentation helped his mother and I get a basic idea of how our troops live. At first, I was bit put off in the tool you used to present, but as I was led from slide to slide I began to think how “real” this presentation is and how personal of an experience it was. This was as real as it could get, thank you for the presentation and your service.


  3. Thank You, and I am glad it gave you some insight on what it’s like over there for deployed Soldiers. Its downsized quite a bit since 2012, but I’m certain a smaller version of each area remains. I hope your son stays safe and returns home better than when he left.


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