Creating a Digital Story

A Brief Guide to Creating a Digital Story from Material Found On the Web

PART ONE: Define, Collect, Decide

  • Select a topic for your digital story.
  • Create a folder on the desktop where you can store the materials you find.
  • Search for image resources for your story, including: pictures, drawings, photographs, maps, charts, etc. - Save these resources in your folder.
  • Try to locate audio resources such as music, speeches, interviews, and sound effects. - Save these resources in your folder.
  • Try to find informational content, which might come from web sites, word processed documents, or PowerPoint slides. - Save these resources in your folder.
  • Begin thinking of the purpose of your story. Are you trying to inform, convince, provoke, question?

PART TWO: Select, Import, Create

  • Select the images you would like to use for your digital story.
  • Select the audio you would like to use for your digital story.
  • Select the content and text you would like to use for your digital story.
  • Import images into Photo Story or iMovie.
  • Import audio into Photo Story or Sound Studio.
  • Modify number of images and/or image order, if necessary.

PART THREE: Decide, Write, Record, Finalize

  • Decide on the purpose and point of view of your digital story.
  • Write a script that will be used as narration in your digital story AND provides the purpose and point of view you have chosen.
  • Use a computer & microphone to record the narration of your script.
  • Import the narration into Photo Story or iMovie.
  • Finalize your digital story by saving it as a Windows Media Video (.wmv), Quicktime or MPEG4 file.

PART FOUR: Demonstrate, Evaluate, Replicate

  • Show your digital story to your colleagues.
  • Gather feedback about how the story could be improved, expanded, and used in your classroom.
  • Teach a colleague how to create their own digital story.
  • Congratulate yourself for a job well done!

Developing your Digital Story

  • Pre-writing: brainstorming, collecting images, researching, outlining, and storyboarding
  • Drafting: creating a script and developing form
  • Revising: modifying images and organization
  • Editing: timing, images, and narration
  • Publishing: the final product

Storyboards are visual representations that aid in the the creation process of digital storytelling. Storyboards layout images in sequential order to create the the flow of the production. They can also include technical aspects and explanations of design. Each project is unique and varies in its needs; specific requirements should be altered. The following is suggested content: a brief description, comments, audio, transition and an estimate of length.


This storyboard came from a project covering visual representations of themes. The objective was for students to further develop their understanding of thematic concepts while using technology to display the results. Each student chose a theme from the novel The Count of Monte Cristo and created a digital story. Students could find or create images to illustrate their topics. This project asks students to construct meaning and look past the mere definition. Each story should contain examples to support the central idea, or theme. This storyboard demonstrates the content and organization of the digital story. It can also be an evaluative tool to monitor understanding in the classroom. This storyboard was constructed in Microsoft Word using inserted tables in a vertical format. It establishes a consistency with the design found in Photo Story.


Finished Product

Storyboard Templates and Tutorials

See also Adobe- Design Center Tutorial: Edit storyboard style

If you have Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut software you can use the project window to arrange clips in a storyboard format. This step will assist in inserting all the images into a digital story.

This is a PDF file that displays a vertical storyboard. A great handout!

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