Digital Storytelling

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.


  1. Chelsi Gobeil says:

    Your story is amazing, Kevin! To think that all of that knowledge was eventually acquired by one stranger posing a question to another stranger via the internet shows the power of the web. That was so interesting to view/listen to, and your first attempt with Windows Live Movie Maker is REALLY good! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Thanks Chelsi! I felt very self-conscious recording my voice, developing a personal storyline, and sharing it. I don’t think I’d have done it if I didn’t know that we have developed a supportive and safe learning environment in ECI831 — I really appreciate your kind words :-)

  2. Love this! That’s such a great illustration of how one inquiry can lead to so many different connections. Thanks so much for sharing this story – very cool.

  3. What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Bravo Kevin! And what an amazing story. Wow.

  5. Kevin, this is a beautiful… no amazing… no fantastic… all the above, story. I am glad you got over the hump of apprehension.

    More so, this series of events triggered by a random email and your persistence/passion for pursuing it is a model for learning. I’ll be using this as an example for sure.

    Thanks Alec for nudging me to check out this story. ECI 831 students rock!


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