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What is Digital Storytelling? This presentation is part of a workshop that provides tips for educators in BCSD.

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  • Digital Storytelling

    1. 1. Digital Storytelling Using Photo Story 3 & J. Donaldson – 2008 Instructional Technology Berkeley County School District
    2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling ? <ul><li>According to the Digital Storytelling Association, digital storytelling is “the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling.” </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative, and voice together, giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Digital stories can include a number of topics. Some examples include: </li></ul><ul><li>Book Talks </li></ul><ul><li>Project Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>All About Me </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Scrapbook </li></ul><ul><li>Video Yearbook </li></ul>Digital Stories
    5. 5. <ul><li>In order to create a digital story project, </li></ul><ul><li>you will need: </li></ul><ul><li>a microphone to record voices for audio </li></ul><ul><li>images in a digital format </li></ul>Materials Needed
    6. 6. <ul><li>You will want to find a quiet place if you plan to record narration. </li></ul><ul><li>Verify that you have the program or access to the website that you need. </li></ul><ul><li>Build-in time for editing and re-working your story. </li></ul>A Few Tips
    7. 7. <ul><li>If you’re using printed pictures, make sure you will have access to a scanner. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide whether or not you will be using music. If so, you may need to check the file format for your songs. </li></ul>A Few Tips
    8. 8. <ul><li>Use storyboards for planning projects with students. Blank PowerPoint handouts work great, and you now have a hardcopy for grading! </li></ul><ul><li>Provide rubrics or checklists for students as guidelines for projects. Use a rubric from or create your own. </li></ul>A Few Tips
    9. 9. <ul><li>One way to create a digital story project is to use a program like Photo Story 3. </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Photo Story 3 is a free program from Microsoft that uses still images to create a video. </li></ul><ul><li>This application allows you to incorporate photo effects and transitions to your pictures, as well as add audio to set the mood and tone of your story. </li></ul>Photo Story 3
    11. 11. <ul><li>In Berkeley County School District, this program is already installed on your PC. </li></ul><ul><li>Access the program through the start menu of your computer. </li></ul>Photo Story 3
    12. 12. <ul><li>Help for Photo Story is always available within the program. </li></ul>Photo Story 3
    13. 13. <ul><li>Another way to create a digital story project is to use a web-based application, such as </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Voicethread is available online, but you must have an account to use the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Educators are eligible for a free account. </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Free accounts are always available, but the site also offers paid accounts for classrooms and schools with some additional features. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>The site provides video tutorials to help you get started with creating your first “thread.” </li></ul>
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    18. 18. <ul><li>Digital pictures directly from your camera </li></ul><ul><li>Digital pictures from a disc or flash drive </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons sites (e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational sites (e.g. StreamlineSC or Library of Congress) </li></ul>Where can I find images?
    19. 19. <ul><li>Photo Story 3 allows you to create your own music </li></ul><ul><li>You can also use Creative Commons Music sites like </li></ul>Where can I find music?
    20. 20. <ul><li>Center for Digital Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>University of Houston </li></ul><ul><li>Arizona Learning Interchange </li></ul>Where can I find more information?
    21. 21. Directions for Creating Storyboards Using PowerPoint <ul><li>In PowerPoint, create a presentation using three blank slides. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on File -> Print </li></ul><ul><li>In the dialog box, choose “Handouts” and three slides per page. </li></ul>