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Storytelling: Adding Voice through Digital Narrative

You may want to create a multimedia digital narrative (digital story with voice narration), that adds "voice" to your portfolio. This project may be submitted as a URL and embedded into your blog, and the script for your narration may include the references you used to support your statement. This digital narrative will be 3-to-5 minutes (300-500 words), recorded and illustrated with digital images, and posted online, either in YouTube/TeacherTube/SchoolTube (upload a digital video created with iMovie, MovieMaker or PhotoStory), or developed in VoiceThread, or developed as Powerpoint adding narration using Digital images should be either Creative Commons (from Flickr search) or digital photos that you have taken or Powerpoint slides you have exported to JPEG or screenshots of educational websites.

  1. This project should be linked to an entry entitled "Digital Narrative" in the students blog, and the link shared with fellow students in the Blackboard discussion.

  2. The instructor will assess this project using one of the following rubrics: (NOTE: this rubric will be revised)

Here is a website with a instructions for creating a digital story/narrative:
These pages are from a website that Dr. Barrett developed for the Council of Independent Colleges under a Microsoft Partners in Learning grant.
  1. What is a Digital Story? A basic definition with examples created by Dr. Barrett and some of her students
  2. What are the purposes for creating Digital Stories? A document that describes many purposes for creating digital stories, especially when used in electronic portfolios
  3. Who Creates Digital Stories? How Are They Used? The different constituencies that can create digital stories in education, plus a statement about privacy (COPPA and FERPA)
  4. How are Digital Stories Created? The digital storytelling process, using iMovie or MovieMaker2
  5. How are Digital Stories Shared? How are they Assessed? A look at the many places where digital stories can be posted online, along with some ways to evaluate these stories
This digital narrative can also be created in VoiceThread, a collaborative Web 2.0 tool. Here is a demonstration of the capabilities of this tool, with some examples. You can also apply for an educator account, which gives additional benefits.

This is a tutorial on using PhotoStory (only available for Windows XP): Video Photo-tutorials or Video Storytelling Projects made with Microsoft Photo Story

Updated on Aug 31, 2011 by Helen Barrett (Version 9)