What is a digital story?

Digital stories combine digital images (still or video), a narrated ‘story’ or voice over, and sometimes music or sound effects into a ‘mini-movie’ that usually runs for around 2-4 minutes.

Software options

  • MovieMaker2
  • PhotoStory3
  • iMovie (MACs)
  • Adobe Premiere Elements (Robyn's pick), and
  • one online tool that looks promising for video editing and digital storytelling is Mixmoov
and for sound editing:
• Audacity (sound editing or mixing)

Hardware requirements

• computer with a reasonable sound card
• headphone/ mic set
• digital voice recorder for field work
• scanner &/or
• digital camera

Image options

• digital photos
• scanned old photos
• scanned documents
• photographed objects
• maps
• drawings or paintings


A range of Creative Commons licenced music is available online for use in your digital stories.
A good starting point is http://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos
Make sure you follow the requirements for each particular licence regarding adaptation, use and attribution.

Potential uses in VET

For teachers:
• reporting
• marketing
• instructional material

For learners:
• e-portfolio items
• group reporting
• publishing personal ‘stories’
• assessment tasks – esp. procedural evidence or oral competencies

Digitales wiki

Digitales is a public wiki developed by teachers who have a passion for Digital Storytelling (DST) and who use the methodology in adult education and VET, for teachers who are new to the concept.

Digital storytelling sites and resources

(via Diigo feed)
Robynjay's Favorite Links on digital_storytelling from Diigo

PhotoStory3 Guide

Click here for a step by step guide to using PhotoStory3

Creating a plain title page for use in Photostory

Often images are too 'busy' to be able to easily read title text placed over the image. The following steps can be used to create a single plain image that can be uploaded for titles.
While the following steps are based on Photoshop Elements similar steps should be found on any image editor....

  1. Open Photoshop Elements
  2. Create a NEW image: FILE - NEW - BLANK FILE
  3. In the window that opens change WIDTH and HEIGHT measurement options to PIXELS via the drop down lists
  4. Set the image size to 800 pixels (wide) and 600 (high)
  5. Make the background contents WHITE
  6. At the bottom of the left hand toolbox click on the square foreground colour box (this looks like the front square coloured box layered over another)
  7. Use the colour picker to select your preferred colour and click OK
  8. From the left hand toolbox select the PAINT BUCKET tool
  9. Click the paint bucket onto your (currently white) image on screen. The white should change/fill with your selected colour.
  10. Save your image file - FILE - SAVE AS - and change the file type to JPEG. Use a title such as title slide.jpg
  11. Upload this file into Photostory and place it where required.

NOTE - if you want to use the file more than once you will need to copy and rename the file and upload each one separately - eg. title slide 1.jpg, title slide 2.jpg