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Webinar 3: Finding a Home for Your Story online


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So, you've created a story, a video or podcast. Now, what? Where do you post your content? Created specifically for teachers working with students on oral history and community storytelling projects, this webinar covers using Creative Commons content, various tools for audio and video editing, as well as benefits of posting stories on third-party platforms like SoundCloud and the Internet Archive. The webinar also details the steps for uploading stories to the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street website, a crowdsourced project that captures stories about small-town life. This is the third of four webinars about storytelling on the "Be Here: Main Street" program.

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Webinar 3: Finding a Home for Your Story online

  1. 1. #bHereMainSt @MuseWeb Selwyn Ramp Project Director Heather Shelton Digital Curator @SelwynRamp @MuseumsAgo
  2. 2. I’ve collected research and stories… Now what???
  3. 3. 21 Determine the format your story fits in most naturally? Think about supporting imagery, sounds, or video content. Next Steps! • Audio? • Video? • Slide presentation? • Written reports? Can you find it online? Think about using Creative Commons content.
  4. 4. What is Creative Commons? “Creative Commons (CC) helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.”
  5. 5. Creative Commons (CC) Allows you to easily find and understand the licenses for online content: • Images • Video • Audio mmons/
  6. 6. Great Creative Commons Repositories Online: Wikimedia, Flickr, Vimeo Wikimedia: Vimeo: s
  7. 7. Searching Museum Collections: elds=creator So Many Great OPEN Resources
  8. 8. Citing Sources A SOLID CREDIT: Title of photo: “Carnavalet Museum” Author: Shadowgate Source: Flickr Creative Commons. Add link to original photo. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Click on “Some Rights Reserved” to find the license Try to add links if you’re publishing online: “Carnavalet Museum" by Shadowgate. Flickr Creative Commons. Attribution license CC BY 2.0.” practices_for_attribution
  9. 9. I’m Ready to Start Editing Stories! Downloading free or low-cost software. Audio: • Audacity • Levelator Video: Good examples: • VSDC Free Video Editor, which works fairly well and has a less intimidating interface • Filmora/Wondershare is a good low-cost option at $39.99 per year or $59.00 for a lifetime license • iMovie comes on some up-to-date Apple products • AdobeSpark for short video, text, images
  10. 10. Working in Audacity • Free sound editing software • IOS and Windows versions • Easily mixing different audio segments into one soundtrack
  11. 11. • Click and drag to select clips from a story. • Click ‘delete’ to get rid of it! Audacity Work Space
  12. 12. Free sound leveling software Adjusts audio levels within a single audio segment Great for normalizing interviews and combined recordings The Levelator
  13. 13. 21 Post to platforms most suited to your type of content. Think about accessibility. Create a transcript to post or include captioning in videos. I’m Finished Editing. What’s Next? Find tips for creating accessible audio/video:
  14. 14. Untitled photo by Alexandra Savicheva. Flickr Creative Commons. Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) Follow the advice of financial planners. Diversify your digital content to safeguard it.
  15. 15. YouTubeSoundCloud These platforms will help you diversify. Internet Archives Museum On Main Street Other platforms to consider include: Wikimedia Commons, izi.Travel - It all depends on the nature of your story!
  16. 16. YouTubeSoundCloud Do I REALLY need to post to ALL of these? Internet Archives Museum On Main Street Other platforms to consider include: Wikimedia Commons, izi.Travel - It all depends on the nature of your story! Start with the Museum on Main Street website and then make your selections from there.
  17. 17. Which platform would best for me? http://www.musew home-for-your- story/
  18. 18. Museum on Main Street website
  19. 19. Create your account Provide some contact info
  20. 20. Collect and post your materials
  21. 21. Upload up to 5 files: images, audio, video
  22. 22. Receive a notification and follow-up email
  23. 23. 43 2 What’s Next? 1Share on your social media channels and inform content creator that his/her story is out there! Tag your content with #bHereMainSt and add the words “Be Here: Main Street” to the description. Experiment with text, graphics, and reposting the same content. Share liberally and often! The story’s value is in its use!
  24. 24. #bHereMainSt @MuseWeb Nancy Proctor Executive Director Selwyn Ramp Project Director @NancyProctor Heather Shelton Digital Curator @SelwynRamp @MuseumsAgo Contact Details