A Step-By-Step Approach to Creating a Digital Story from Material Found On the Web
PART ONE: Define, Collect, Decide
- Select a topic for your digital story.
- Create a folder on the desktop where you can store the materials you find.
- Search for image resources for your story, including: pictures, drawings, photographs, maps, charts, etc. - Save these resources in your folder.
- Try to locate audio resources such as music, speeches, interviews, and sound effects. - Save these resources in your folder.
- Try to find informational content, which might come from web sites, word processed documents, or PowerPoint slides. - Save these resources in your folder.
- Begin thinking of the purpose of your story. Are you trying to inform, convince, provoke, question?
PART TWO: Select, Import, Create
- Select the images you would like to use for your digital story.
- Select the audio you would like to use for your digital story.
- Select the content and text you would like to use for your digital story.
- Import images into Photo Story.
- Import audio into Photo Story.
- Modify number of images and/or image order, if necessary.
PART THREE: Decide, Write, Record, Finalize
- Decide on the purpose and point of view of your digital story.
- Write a script that will be used as narration in your digital story AND provides the purpose and point of view you have chosen.
- Use a computer microphone and record the narration of your script.
- Import the narration into Photo Story.
- Finalize your digital story by saving it as a Windows Media Video (.wmv) file.
PART FOUR: Demonstrate, Evaluate, Replicate
- Show your digital story to your colleagues.
- Gather feedback about how the story could be improved, expanded, and used in your classroom.
- Teach a colleague how to create their own digital story.
- Congratulate yourself for a job well done!