Module 9 – Digital storytelling

  • INTRODUCTION TO MODULE 9 (formerly 8)

    • This is, in effect, a two-week Module. It is longer because creating good quality video always takes more time than you think it will and Spring Break is March 6 – 10 and this module is due on March 19 which should give you a block of time to complete it. You should push hard to finish it in the first week if you can so you have plenty of time to fix/finish things the second week. Waiting until the second week to get started is really less than ideal and waiting until the 19th to start is foolish; quality takes time.

      Play icon Click here to view a screencast video that includes directions for how to complete this module.


    DUE DATES FOR MODULE 9 (formerly 8)

      The assignments below are due by 11:59pm on Sunday March 19.
    This is a two-week module! Watch BOTH introductory videos above for the explanation.

    • Digital Storytelling project
    • Embed Digital Storytelling project in your Weebly portfolio

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    Goals and Objectives Goals and Objectives

    • Approach new computer-based tasks more easily and with greater confidence
    • Demonstrate electronic information management habits (e.g. backing up files, organizing files in a logical fashion, transferring files to various storage areas, etc.)
    • Locate, open, and use the following software applications at an intermediate level: e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, web page development, internet search strategies, and BlackBoard course management system

    Smile  Positive Thinking
    Tech Tip  Daily Tech Tip
    “We need 12 laughs a day to stay healthy”

    Baby Laughing Hysterically

    Windows tip: Highlight a selection in Word and hit shift+F3 to make it all caps or all lowercase.

    Mac tip: Hold down ⌃CTRL + ⌘CMD + D while your cursor is over some text and a lovely little popup appears with a definition, a Wikipedia entry and alternative words via a thesaurus.

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      Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. “Media” may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), animation, stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.

    Source: Wikipedia

    ” The (digital storytelling) project confirmed my belief that everyone has a story about a place that is important to her or him, and that by using multimedia to develop and share those stories, we strengthen our understanding of our communities. ”

    – Tom Banaszewski

    ” Digital stories help students with time management, problem solving, communication skills and interpersonal qualities such as teamwork, critical thought, information collection, data interpretation, text and image analysis, synthesis and self-evaluation. ”

    – Carmen Gregori Signes

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    Attached Files:

    Activity For this module, you will create a digital story (movie) on a topic of your choice. The digital story should be related to your major or future career (think of the job that you wrote a cover letter for in Module 5 and the other projects that you have created for this course).

    1. Start off by watching Digital Storytelling in the Elementary Classroom to get an idea of the skills that students acquire while creating multimedia projects.
    2. View the above attached Digital Story Rubric to preview the requirements for this project. Important: your final video will not be accepted if you do not cite the media that you do not own in your video.
    3. Preview a few of the previous digital story examples that I have listed below. This will give you an idea of some of the options that you have.
    4. You can really use any video editing software that you desire. MovieMaker on the PC side and iMovie on the Mac side are probably your best bets as they come pre-installed or are easily downloaded from Microsoft and Apple. We used to recommend WeVideo because it was web-based and any computer with a browser could use it. However, they have restricted the trial version so much it is basically useless for our purposes. IF YOU SEE ANY REFERENCES TO WeVideo, IGNORE THEM. Instead we found a pretty good substitute called VideoPad that has versions for every major platform. It has a 14 day free trial which should be long enough for this project.
    5. View the above attached References PowerPoint to learn about a much easier option for citing media in a digital story with proper formatting rather that trying to use most video editor’s clunky text tool.
    6. Start your project.
    7. Submit the published link to Blackboard below.

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    Tutorials Here is a digital story example that I found online: This is why we’re unhealthy.

    Here are a few examples of digital stories that some of my students have created in previous semesters.

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      There are a number of options you can use to create your digital story. Below is a list of a few that you could use. You are welcome to use another program that you are familiar with as long as you meet the requirements in the scoring guide.

    • VideoPad
    • iMovie (Mac program)
    • Windows MovieMaker (Windows program)

    Although I have provided tutorials to VideoPad, Windows Live Movie Maker and iMovie, you are free to use any movie editing program that you are comfortable with as long as you can get the final product to Youtube.


    (Free 14 day trial video editing software that is available for most major platforms.

    Windows Live Movie Maker

    (Free video editing software that comes free on most PC computers. If you do not have it then you can CLICK HERE to download a free copy.)


    (Comes on most new Mac computers. If not, you can download it from the app store for $14.99)

    Uploading to Youtube

    (If you create your video in iMovie or MovieMaker then you will need to upload it to Youtube.)

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    weebly  For this module, you will be creating your Digital Storytelling page.

    1. Click here to see my model portfolio/website
    2. Click here to go to
    3. In this module, you will be creating the Digital Storytelling page in your portfolio.
      •   Click here to watch a screencast video that will show you how to create your Digital Storytelling page.
    4. You do NOT need to submit your portfolio URL again. I already have the URL.

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    reminders Helpful reminders:

    1. Check your grades weekly. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    2. Technology Lab in Payne 213  – Just a reminder that you can go get technology help in Payne 213 on the Tempe campus or communicate with them electronically. You can also check out equipment, practice with Smartboards, work on group projects, and get help on assignments.
    3. ASU Counseling Service is available to help you with anything you might need – no matter how small or large (notations of counseling are not part of your university record)
    4. ASU Ethics and Compliance Hotline – The purpose of the hotline is to promote a safe, secure and ethical environment for all students, faculty, staff and guests of the University