Digital Storytelling Tools Today we are running full speed ahead into digital storytelling. You should have a clear idea of the story you want to tell.
Are you planning to use photos or videos (or both)? Will you be using captions or narration (or both)? How about music? Remember, your video will only be about 2-3 minute and it should A) tell a story and B) teach the viewer something (even if that something is just something about the place you visited for Spring Break).
Because we all have different computers and different ways we’d like to tell our stories, I’m going to give you a range of tools to choose from and you will pick the ones that will work best for you. Your story will be due at the beginning of class on Friday March 25 and you will be showcasing it to your classmates. You will have time to work on it in class on Monday March 21st, and independently (no class) March 23rd.
Here’s a basic comparison chart for some of the tools.
|Tool||Mac/PC||Download or web-based||Still or video||Allows narration||Can add music||Ease of Use|
|Photostory||PC only||Download||still images||Yes||difficult||beginner|
|MovieMaker||PC only||Download (or already on PC)||both||Yes||difficult||intermediate|
|StoryBird||both||web-based||illustrations on Storybird site||No||no||beginner|
|iMovie||Mac only||Download (or already on Mac)||both||Yes||easy||intermediat|
Voicethread (online presentation creation tool)
StoryBird (illustrated story – especially for younger audiences). If you go this route, you’ll need to narrate your story with Jing.
Xtranormal (animated graphics – A lot of fun!)
- Finalize your story (your script, music, and pictures or videos you plan to use)
- Finalize the tool/s you plan to use. Get comfortable with them.
- Use your Spring Break to take pictures, or film movies that you can use.