What's a Digital Story?

 

A short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.

There are several things that are important:

     1. A question to be answered.

     2. An interesting story to be told.

     3. Pictures and video that explain.

     4.  Audio to support the narration.

     5. Keep it short and simple.


            Here's an example of a digital story


There are different types of digital stories

  • A personal narrative where you share something about yourself, an opinion or something that happened in your life.  
  • A historical documentary where you examine something that happened in the past, like the American Revolution.  
  • Stories that inform or intrstruct, such as how to play the piano or create a webpage.

 

 Here is a narrative video created in iPhoto and Garageband and converted to a movie.

 

 

To create your own digital story try these tools:

  • A program to create pictures: like Tuxpaint, KidPix, or an online paint tool like sketchpad.
  • A microphone to record your voice and maybe add music.
  •  A program to combine your images and voice recording like Moviemaker, iMovie, or Garageband.

Then, just get started. 

Make sure you know what type of story you want to tell and what question it answers. It is important that you create a script to read if you are adding the audio to your story. Take time to think about what you want to say and then start working on your pictures and script. Have fun!


To learn more about digital storytelling, explore these weblinks

Resources:

Center for Digital Storytelling

The Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling