Digital Storytelling: Day 2

Welcome Ron!

Today Ron will be helping us learn how to use iMovie. Here is his iMovie08 Tutorial.

For reference, or while you’re waiting for class to start, check out some digital stories from past students:

5th grade mathematics
High School Chemistry
Special Education

Using your brainstorm map/ideas from last week – it’s time to create your digital story.  There are so many tools available for you to use.  In the past, EDIT 2000 students have used PhotoStory, MovieMaker, VoiceThread, Storybird, and iMovie to create their stories.  I imagine you could even use Jing – but I’d rather you didn’t for this task since that’s a tool you’ve already used this semester. I’m leaving it up to you – but I’ve created a chart to help you select your tool. My preference is for you to select a tool you’ve never used and one that will best tell your story. You can select a tool not on this list – just run it by me before you start.

Tool Mac/PC Download or web-based Still or video Allows narration Can add music Ease of Use
Photostory PC only Download still images Yes difficult beginner
MovieMaker PC only Download (or already on PC) both Yes difficult intermediate
VoiceThread both web-based both Yes no beginner
StoryBird both web-based illustrations on Storybird site No no beginner
iMovie Mac only Download (or already on Mac) both Yes easy intermediate

Now that you have an idea of what each tool will do, here are links to tutorials for each.  You’ll want to browse through these to see which one best suits your needs and ability level – then you’ll get started on your story (make sure to review the requirements listed on last Tuesday’s blog post).

Photostory has been the most commonly used tool in our class for creating digital stories. It’s a free download for PC – unfortunately, it doesn’t work on Macs and you’ll need Windows XP. Other resources you might need:
1. PhotoStory Tutorial
2. Blank slides to use for title slidesVoiceThread is an option for both Mac and PC users. More and more EDIT 2000 students are choosing this. You can create a free account and create up to 3 videos at no charge. While VoiceThread is designed primarily to allow others to comment on video and/or photos that you upload – you can use the comment feature to add narration to your video/photos. Here’s an example of a VoiceThread created by 1st grade science students. You can access a tutorial for VoiceThread here. Or you can watch the tutorial made by an EDIT 2000 student. Or you can print an 8-page step-by-step tutorial here.
If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about MovieMaker– you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial.Storybird is also an option. It’s a free tool that can be used on a Mac or PC (it’s web-based). It does not allow original images or narration. A former student created an example/tutorial for Storybird you may find helpful.

You’ll use original still images or video that you’ve captured for your story. If you’re using Storybird, your only option is to use the illustrations within the Storybird website. Please avoid using images from Google and other sources if at all possible. If you want to use photos from the internet, make sure you are using creative commons images that allow you to copy and use. Flickr’s Creative Commons site is a great place to start. Cite your sources if you are using them from other locations. If you don’t have access to a digital camera or video camera and you’re in the Athens area, you can check them out from OIT in ROOM 232, Aderhold. The checkout is for 5 days and you’ll need your Student ID to sign them out.

We’ll spend time in class today getting started on your stories. They are due on Friday, October 14th at the beginning of class.


1. Continue working on your digital story. During Monday’s class, we will have Ron back with us to talk about using Movie Maker.

2. Digital Stories are due Monday, October 17.  Monday’s blog post will contain information about how to add your story to your portfolio.

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