My Family: My Story
My Family: Creating a digital story
During the project, we split the recording of our family stories into two parts. In part one we asked everyone to record pieces which introduced us to their families and the people in them.
Planning your digital story
To create your digital story you will need:
8-10 photographs or drawings of your family: We asked everyone to bring in photographs of their family members or take photographs with disposable cameras given at the start of the project.
An audio clip (approx. 2 minutes in length) introducing your family to the audience.
How to record your digital story
Digital stories can be created using video or by using still images (photographs) and audio together. In this project we used both techniques:
Using Photographs and Audio
To create these stories, we used Audacity for editing of the audio and Photo Story for combining the images with the audio. These pieces of software are free to download and relatively simple to use.
Information and instructions regarding creating digital stories in this way can be found on by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Stories were also be created using a FLIP video camera and the video functioning on a digital camera. The main piece of software required to edit these videos was Windows Movie Maker. This is a straightforward editing package and having never used it prior to starting the project, I would recommend using it.
Please note: When using video, it is important to ensure that the file type the camera saves the video footage is compatible with Windows Movie Maker. Some digital cameras do not do this as I found out!