In his presentation this week, Alan Levine, shared his enthusiasm for digital storytelling and shared his knowledge of the many, many tools available to tell stories online. The resources he ran through were amazing and will take a bit of time to review and become familiar with. I’ve only been able to experiment with a few, but really wanted to take a crack at this myself. I’ve never created a digital story before, but thought this was a great opportunity to try.
I ended up using Windows Live Movie Maker, as it was free (as in beer), let me download it onto my own computer (rather than working exclusively online), and was fairly intuitive, if basic, in getting it to work. I wasn’t sure what to tell a story about, but settled on an experience I had a few years ago. Here it is:
I wish that I had more time to work with this a little more. I’m not happy with the black “connection” slides — the text comes up too slow and I couldn’t find a way to adjust it. I’d like to do something similar for the Learning Summary assignment, so this has provided a good first pass at putting a project like this together.
We’ve talked a lot about sharing in this class, and I think sharing our stories and developing our own voices is an important part of that. It can feel a little risky though, as you do reveal a part of yourself when you tell a story. With this in mind though, I’m not going to worry that this isn’t the greatest story ever told. It is just one of mine.