- Getting Started
- Storyboarding "Storyboards are visual representations that aid in the the creation process of digital storytelling. Storyboards lay out images in sequential order to create the the flow of the production." From the University of Houston
Examples and Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling– from the University of Houston
- Digital Storytelling Checklist – a MS Word document
- Assessment Rubric for Digital Storytelling Project - a MS Word document
Slideshow Tools - These free tools are great for creating mini-documentary videos. These tools take the slideshow concept and mix-in audio and sometimes video elements.
- Microsoft Photo Story 3 (PC only, not on library comptuers, but is a free download to personal computers)
The software uses digital photos and allows adding narration, effects, transitions and background music to create a Windows Media Video movie file with pan and zoom effects. Once a photo story has been exported it can be played on a PC using Windows Media Player. Please note that Photo Story 3 only supports the use of still images, so you will need to use a different software program, such as Windows Movie Maker, if you want to include video clips in your digital stories.
Help guides: http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/photostory.html
- Animoto is a completely online tool that makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, video clips, and text. If you can make a slideshow presentation, you can make a video using Animoto. Animoto provides a large library of free music and free images that you can use in your videos. Animoto also provides a nice selection of video player themes for different occasions. You can add music or voice narration in MP3 format, but not both at the same time. Animoto videos are easily embedded into blogs, wikis, and websites. Animoto's free service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer videos for free if you apply for an education account. Education accounts also allow to manage student accounts.
Examples: http://animoto.com/samples/samples_consumer/CMvCK0inEpgPxgzn36PUCA, http://animoto.com/samples/education/8omy0QSHvMn55l8nPPnZZQ
Help guide: http://help.animoto.com/entries/415073
- Windows Movie Maker (PC only) Available on all Library Computers
Windows Movie Maker is a video editing software application that has been included as part of the Windows operating system since 2000. This program has suffered poor reviews by users for many years because it lacked sophisticated features, but more recently, the program's capabilities and reputation have improved and many educators use it because it is readily available and generally supported by school technology services. A limitation of Movie Maker is that it only outputs files in the AVI and WMV formats.
Help guide: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/technology/tutorials/graphics/moviemaker2/overview.html
New to Windows Movie Maker? Check out the tutorials below to help make your first project go smoothly.
If you have Windows 7 on your laptop or home computer - you can follow the tutorials here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started
- Apple iMovie '11 (Mac only) Available in the Library DML
iMovie is Apple's answer to Photo Story and is a good choice for for Mac users who want to create digital stories. This digital movie creation and editing program has most of the same features as Photo Story, however, it also supports the use of full-motion video clips. Like Photo Story 3, iMovie lets users add titles, effects, and transitions to their digital story projects. And like Photo Story, iMovie has some limitations too, including: it generally just supports video clips in the .MOV format, and it is not free, although it often comes installed on new Macintosh computers.
To make the most of iMovie we recommend enabling the advanced tools. To do this, click on the iMovie menu and select Preferences. Under the General tab make sure that "Show Advanced Tools" is checked.
- Xtranormal is a popular Web 2.0 tool that lets users create animated movies with multiple characters and locations. One of Xtranormal's most interesting features is that you can type what you want each character to say and that text will be turned into synthesized speech that can be heard through your computer's speakers.
The usage rights filter on the Advanced Search page shows you pages that are either labeled with a Creative Commons license or labeled as being in the public domain. Here are the different usage rights options available: Free to use or share - Your results will only include pages that are either labeled as public domain or carry a license that allows you to copy or redistribute its content, as long as the content remains unchanged. Free to use, share, or modify - Your results will only include pages that are labeled with a license that allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license
Advanced Search - Flickr -
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
The Morgue File photo collection
Contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. The image collection can be searched by subject category, image size, color, or rating.
US Governement Photos & Images
Wikimedia Commons - a database of 14,691,178 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
Sound Bible is a resource for finding and downloading free sound clips, sound effects, and sound bites. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. You can find sounds for use in podcasts, videos, and slideshows.
Jamendo is a source of free and legal music downloads. The music on Jamendo comes from the artists who upload it themselves. While not all of the music is licensed for
re-use, there is a substantial collection of music labeled with a Creative Commons license. Go to the advanced search and filter by license.
Bamboo DiRT is a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.
Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.
Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines. As a suite of add-on tools for Omeka, it opens new possibilities for hand-crafted, interactive spatial and temporal interpretation.
Historypin is an online, user-generated archive of historical photos and personal recollections. Users are able to use the location and date of an image to "pin" it to Google Maps. Where Google Street View is available, users can overlay the historical photograph and compare it with the contemporary location.