Methodology

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Watch Ira Glass of This American Life  discuss the building blocks of stories. 

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Templates created by the Bay Area Video Coalition for use in their Digital Storytelling Institute. Use the blank storyboard to help you plan how to pair your images and words, the log sheet to log video and determine which clips to use, and the story outline as a tool to help you focus on what story to tell and how to tell it.

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A collection of resources produced by the Bay Area Video Coalition for use in their Digital Storytelling Institute, a program for training community organizations in digital storytelling. Included are tip sheets on planning your digital story, how to prepare for a video shoot, what audio equipment to use and how to record audio in the field, different camera angles and movements, interview tips, a sample release form, and a glossary of terms for video production and script writing.

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This is the first digital storytelling "textbook" originally created for students in the Center for Digital Storytelling's workshops and has been used throughout the years to help those new to digital storytelling understand the medium and begin the process of making their own digital story.

You can download the first five chapters of the cookbook:

1. Stories in Our Lives: Discusses the importance of stories in our lives and how to find the story you want to tell.

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The Digital Storytelling handbook created by YearUp for use by their writing instructors. Focuses on teaching digital storytelling in a classroom setting. Includes an introduction to digital storytelling; list of terms and concepts; notes about technology needs; recommendations for sound recording equipment; software tutorials for Photoshop Elements, Audacity, and Windows Movie maker; tips for rendering your finished movie; and checklists and handouts for use in the classroom.

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KQED is a public radio and television broadcasting organization in Northern California, which also provides digital storytelling training through its Digital Storytelling Initiative. KQED also sponsors an annual digital storytelling contest for California high school students.

To see the manual on KQED's site, click here. Or you can download the PDFs below.

 

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A site put together by the University of Houston, outlining various technology tools you can use to create digital stories. Provides links to different video and audio editing software, guidelines about microphones, public domain and copyright free images and audio, and internet search engines.

Other sections of the same site outline uses of digital storytelling in education, including sample stories, curriculum, and evaluation tools.

http://www.coe.uh.edu/digital-storytelling/gettingstarted.htm

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