Intro-to-Digital-Storytelling

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An Introduction to

Digital Storytelling

Bernard Robin, Ph.D.

Instructional Technology Program College of Education University of Houston

Digital Storytelling (digital: documentaries, narratives, essays, etc)

• Many definitions, but in general, combining the longstanding art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video, animation, and Web publishing.

Elements of a Digital Story

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Overall Purpose of the Story Narrator’s Point of View A Dramatic Question (or Questions) Choice of Content Clarity of Voice Pacing of the Narrative 7.

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Meaningful Soundtrack Quality of the Images 9.

Economy of the Story Detail 10. Good Grammar and Language Usage

Telling the Story

• • • • • Primarily a visual story but might also use: First person narrative Previously recorded audio Text slides Interviews

Project Requirements

• • • • • Support for technology-integrated unit Option of creating teacher tool or student presentation Planned and storyboarded Created or located media elements Option to use Photo Story, MovieMaker, iMovie, or PowerPoint

Finding Images & Audio on the Web

• • • Image Search Engines Google Picsearch AltaVista • • Audio Search Engines AltaVista Singing Fish

Tools for Creating Digital Stories

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Microsoft Photo Story

Apple iMovie Microsoft PowerPoint Adobe Photoshop Elements Many other software options

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