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Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling Margaret Vass ICT Curriculum Support Officer Falkirk Council Education Services
  2. 2. Introduction Falkirk Council Education Services “ Digital Storytelling” uses digital tools to help tell stories. It can be effectively applied to almost any subject.
  3. 3. More Information Falkirk Council Education Services A digital story typically begins with a script. The storyteller then assembles media to support the ideas in that script, including images, music or other audio effects and voice. Digital storytelling caters for a variety of learning styles.
  4. 4. Storytelling ideas <ul><li>Think small and stay focussed: The story should be between 3 to 5 minutes long at the most. </li></ul><ul><li>It might be: </li></ul><ul><li>A story about someone important: It could be a character story of someone who is admired. </li></ul><ul><li>A story about an event in your life: perhaps a journey, an achievement or a struggle </li></ul><ul><li>A story about a place in your life: For example, the country or town that you live in. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Starting Point <ul><li>Select a topic for a digital story. Think about the purpose – are you trying to inform, convince, provoke, question, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Now you can start to think about the script. Begin by jotting down ideas. Discuss your ideas with others. Play out a rough story in your head. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Script <ul><li>Sketch out what you will narrate. Stories with the human voice added, as well as images and music can make them more personal </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end </li></ul><ul><li>Read your script to a friend </li></ul><ul><li>when it’s finished and </li></ul><ul><li>redraft if necessary </li></ul>
  7. 7. Recording the Script <ul><li>4. Record the narration of your script. Small, portable mp3 players with built in microphones are ideal for this. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Import the narration into Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>6. Export as an mp3 file </li></ul>
  8. 8. Including an interview? <ul><li>Know how to use your equipment before you begin </li></ul><ul><li>Have a trial ‘chat’ before you begin to make sure the equipment is working </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you are in a quiet location </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make noises like ‘uh huh?’ etc. </li></ul><ul><li>while the interviewee is talking. </li></ul><ul><li>Use visual cues instead </li></ul><ul><li>– like a nod of the head. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Image Resources <ul><li>Collect image resources for the story. These can include pictures, drawings, photographs, maps, charts, etc. </li></ul>Falkirk Council Education Services
  10. 10. Organising Images <ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker or Photostory3 can be used to organise your images before publishing. </li></ul></ul>Falkirk Council Education Services
  11. 11. Publishing the Story <ul><ul><li>Import the selected images in to Window’s Movie Maker. Modify the number of images/order of images, if necessary. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Import any audio file </li></ul><ul><li>Add title and credits </li></ul><ul><li>Finalise the story by exporting it as a video file. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ways to Share the Story <ul><li>Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Life </li></ul><ul><li>http://photopeach.com/ …. and a whole host of other free web based tools </li></ul>
  13. 13. Some Useful Tools <ul><li>Mp3 players with built in microphones are inexpensive and also very portable. The Philips ‘Go gear’ model is good quality and can be as little as £5 each. </li></ul><ul><li>Flip video cameras are very user friendly and </li></ul><ul><li>Prices start at about £70 </li></ul>

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