English 9 - 2011 Digital Storytelling Project


10 Steps of Digital Storytelling
7 Elements of Digital Storytelling
Creative Commons
Fair Use
Image Quality
Picture Format
Public Domain
Digital Artifacts

Supported formats for importing content

  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
  • Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2
  • Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Windows Media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
  • Still images: .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif
  • MP3 format audio: .mp3


Supported File Formats

Download Windows Media Encoder

Converting Files

Day 10 Advanced Movie Maker

  • Review Importing Images & Audio
  • Adding Transitions
  • Adding Text
  • Adding Credits
  • Adding Soundtrack - Individual Projects Only
  • Adjusting Sound

For Group Projects

  • Importing Videos
  • Adding Transitions
  • Adding Intro & Conclusions (importing audio)
  • Adjusting Soundtrack
  • Adjusting Sound
  • Finalizing Video

Day 9 Introduction to Movie Maker

  • Saving Digital Artifacts [Student Shared]
  • Importing Pictures
  • Importing Audio
  • Adding Slides
  • Adding Credits
  • Adding Transitions
  • Syncing Images w/Audio

Resources: Intro to Movie Maker - Atomic Learning


Today's Assignment - Practice Project

  • Browse Images in [Student Shared > Practice Project]
  • Look for an image that corresponds (goes with) your tongue twister
  • Using SAVE AS copy image in your groups shared folder
  • Open up your Movie Maker Project
  • Import images
  • Adjust voice-overs so they are in sync with image
  • Cut clips if necessary
  • Add transitions
  • Add a title slide
  • Finish Movie

Day 8 Recording Audio

Day 7 Creating Derivatives

Progress Check - To date you have completed the following:
  • Media Release Forms
  • Individual Scripts
  • Original Pictures
  • Shared Pictures
  • Group Storyboards (in progress)

What counts as an original image?

  • Shoot your own images
  • Shoot props as images
  • Shoot original pictures
  • Scan original pictures

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

Example I, Example II, Example III, Example IV

Important Skills

  • Cropping & Resizing Images
  • Organizing Images

Editing Photos in Picasa 3.

From the Start Menu, select [Start > Programs > Picasa 3]

To use Picasa 3.8 at home download from Google

Tips & Hints

  • Make sure it falls under fair use. Example I.
  • Make sure image is right size. Example I.
  • Make sure you know who the photographer or publishers is, e.g., don't use images from Blogs. Example I.
  • Save the link to the WEB SITE (not the image) for all your images in a Word document, with a thumbnail of the picture.
  • Save all your images in shared folders. Save directly from the WEB.
  • Make sure there is a theme to all your pictures. Chose a connecting element, e.g., color, size, angle, emotion. Example I
  • Create a backup of your image before you edit it.
  • Original images are the best choice for connecting to your audience.

Today's Task List
  • Save Word Document in Shared Folder
  • Save All Images in Shared Folder
  • Shoot Original Images
  • Find Remaining Images

Day 6 Working With Digital Images 3 (Mon)

Where can I find images for fair use?

Open Photo
Picasa Public Web Albums
Flickr (from home only)

Other Images Approved for Fair Use

How can I create derivatives?

Be Funky

Source: Free programs for creating derivatives

Keeping Organized

Always save in shared directories!


Day 5 Working With Digital Images - 2 (Fri)

What do I need to know about finding images - Part 1?

Select files with the file extensions, .bmp, .jpg., jpeg., .jif


The quality of a digital image depends in part on the number of pixels used to create the image (sometimes referred to as resolution). At a given size, more pixels add detail and sharpen edges. However, there are always size limits. When you enlarge any digital image enough, the pixels begin to show—an effect called pixelization. Source: Steve Webster, iBizware Solutions, India.

Source: MichelleCH, Zenfolio Blog


At least 640 x 480 pixels , BUT NO MORE THAN 1,024 X 768 pixels.

How do I find out size and file type?
1. In Google scroll over image
3. On the Web: right click on image and select, [view image info]
3. In a document: right click on image and select, [properties]

Where can I find images for fair use?
Open Photo
Other Images Approved for Fair Use
Flickr (from home only)

What about those really long URL's?

Day 4 Working With Digital Images - 1 (Thurs)

What is fair use?
Definition: Fair use is a legal concept that allows the reproduction of copyrighted material for certain purposes without obtaining permission and without paying a fee or royalty.


How do I know if I have rights to use a picture?
Do I have Permission from owner?
Is it in the Public Domain?
Is it licensed by Creative Commons?
Is it covered by Fair Use?

Creating derivatives. What is a derivative?
Definition: Art that is based on the work of another artist or school of art, or uses all or part of another artist's work in it, is known as derivative art.

Citing Digital Images

Name of Photographer/Artist (last name, name). "Title of Image or File Name." Online Image.
--------- Web Page Name. Publisher. Date of Download. <url>.

Tip: Sometimes you may have to shorten the URL. See > http://tinyurl.com/

Andreaava, Krestina. мосты. Online JPG Image. Andreaava's Web Album. Picasa. 09 Feb. 2011.
--------- https://picasaweb.google.com/akrestina/mMRPdI?feat=featured#5560201268327627314

GreenBLUEyellowReD. Converse. Online JPG Image. Colorful. Photobucket. 09 Feb. 2011.
-------- http://gs94.photobucket.com/groups/l92/CV7LONETH0/?action=view&current=SDC12579.jpg


Day 3 Storyboarding (Tues-Wed)

What is storyboarding?
Definition: Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity.

Day 2 - Elements of Digital Storytelling (Mon)


Day 1 - Intro. to Digital Storytelling

1.0 Tues., Feb. 01, 2011

1.1 What is Digital Storytelling?
1.1a digital story
(dig·i·tal sto·ry)
A short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.
1.1b digital storyteller (dig·i·tal sto·ry·tell·er)
Anyone who has a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. Usually someone with little to no prior experience in the realm of video production but time to spend a few days attending a workshop and developing a story with creative support and technical assistance from compassionate, highly experienced facilitators. Source: //Center For Digital Storytelling, Berkeley, CA//

1.2 Steps of Digital Storytelling
1.3 Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling


Source: 10 Steps...Jon Orech, Tips for Digital Storytelling, Tech Learning [Handout]

Source: 7 Elements...Center For Digital Storytelling, Berkeley, CA

See Also > [Handout]

1.4 Examples

Digital Storytelling Resources

Pixel Converter

Last Updated : January 31, 2011