My Family: My Story

My Special Object: Creating a digital story

Participants created digital stories focused on their special objects and the stories associated with them. We asked people to bring in their special objects or to take photographs of them with the disposable cameras that had been given to everyone at the start of the project.


The planning and recording of the digital story was done in exactly the same way as the My Family piece.


Planning your digital story

To create your digital story you will need:


8-10 photographs or drawings of your objects or pictures relating to your story.


A piece of audio(roughly 2 minutes in length)introducing your special object and telling us a story about one of them.


A story board: When planning your story, it is important that you spend timesequencing your photographs and pictures, to ensure that they appear in the correct part of your story and in the right order. A story board sheet can be downloaded from this page.


How to record your digital story

Digital stories can be created using video or by using still images (photographs) and audio which you layer 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. This software is free to download and is relatively simple to use.


Information and instructions regarding using this software,and the equipment required to create a digital story, can be found on this site. Follow the links below.


Using Video:

Stories were also 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 as, is compatible with Windows Movie Maker. Some digital cameras do not do this-as I found out!!!


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