There are six steps that must be completed in order to produce a digital story. It takes the average student 16-20 hours to complete all of these from start to finish. To help students learn the technology, the University of Richmond’s Technology Learning Center (TLC) has produced great, informative video tutorials. Be sure to review each tutorial as well watch videos from the experts below.
|The first step is to acquire a Google account to use Google Docs. If you have a GMail account, then you automatically have access to Google Docs and Youtube.com. You can find information about acquiring a Google account here. Once you have this account, you can begin writing your script with Google Docs/Drive. Learn more here.|
|The second step is to record your narrative using an audio recording application like Audacity. You can download and install Audacity for both Mac and PC for free. If you need a headset with a microphone, University of Richmond students can check them out from the TLC in Boatwright Library, or you can purchase one from Amazon.com. Learn more here.|
|The third step is to find images with Creative Commons licenses or are available in the public domain. You can search for Creative Commons media through the creativecommons.org. You can also use CompFight.com for finding CC-licensed images in Flickr. Learn more here.|
|The fourth step is to cite and reference the sources you are using in your production Think of this as the bibliography of your digital story. Since you may be using images or video that other people created, its always best practice to attribute them accordingly. Learn more here.|
|The fifth step is to use a program like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker to sequence and compile your images and audio. Theres a lot of purposeful analysis that needs to take place during this phase, so make sure you have all of your data and plan to spend lots of time being creative. Learn more here.|
|The sixth and final step is to publish your digital story to your personal Youtube.com account. You must be sure to include the Google Docs link of your script and Google Spreadsheets link of your works cited in your video’s description field. Once uploaded, share your story with the world! Learn more here.|
A few faculty and staff at the University of Richmond offer some things to think about when producing a digital story. Listen to them describe the 7 elements of digital storytelling, discuss storyboarding and oral presentations, and talk about important issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property.
Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling – Paul Iwancio
Pre-planning and Storyboarding a Digital Story – Hil Scott
Giving Oral Presentations – Professor Linda Hobgood, Speech Center
Intellectual Property – Professor Jim Gibson, Law School