Although I have not created my own Digital Story before, I do see how there is potential in its use for education. Teachers can craft their own stories - or turn lessons into stories - which students can view for the first time or use as supplement (differentiation) or review. Students could use Digital Storytelling to present material in a way that is more creative or makes sense to them, getting them to engage with learning in a "different" way. The only drawback I would see - and this idea applies to a lot of other tech tools - is if the tool takes the place of "deeper" learning. In English, for instance, I can see students merely summarizing or retelling information, rather than, say, truly analyzing a text. As with any tool, the teacher becomes responsible for how students use Digital Storytelling in their learning, and appropriate use needs to be taught not merely left to chance.
In my undergrad program we had to double major. My double major was in Elementary Education and Media Production. I know the two are not related, but I loved both so much. Since I have a Media Production background, digital storytelling seems very similar to animatics that I made of a commercial for a competition. Animatics are pretty much digital story boards, which seems almost exactly what digital storytelling is. The only difference is that my animatics were only about a minute and not as long as these digital stories are.
Digital storytelling also very closely reminds me of social stories. In one of my graduate courses, I had to create a social story. The only difference with social stories is that they are not always in this format and don't always have to be digital. They can be digital though and the ones that are, closely resemble digital storytelling. This may be the type of digital story I make.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.