Take Your Writing Into the Digital World: The World of Digital Storytelling
Presenters: Maggie Skafidas, Marshwood Adult & Community Education and Lorraine Robida, COMPASS
Join us for this fun, hands-on experience as we explore how to use iMovie and digital storytelling in an adult education setting. Once you learn to use iMovie, the ideas for implementing it are endless.

Don't let limited computer skills hold you back from teaching with Digital Storytelling - basic computer skills are all you need. iMovie is a fabulous tool to actively engage learners of all ages in the process of developing, writing and editing their own digital stories. Use this creative tool to develop autobiographies, reports, narratives, and a variety of other projects. You will leave this workshop with a working understanding of digital storytelling and iMovie. Bring a flash drive if you would like to take your work with you (or even better bring your own Mac laptop with iMovie to use.)



Simple Storytelling with iMovie HD

(Very) Basic Build It



Before you begin:
  • · Plan to be patient with the process and yourself
  • · Load the pictures you plan to use into iPhoto (easiest if you use a titled file)
  • · Edit your photos before placing in the file if possible, but definitely before using in iMovie
  • · Load music or pre-recorded audio tracks you plan to use into GarageBand or iTunes

Adding your pictures:
  1. Click on “Media”
  2. Click on “Photos”
  3. Click on title of the location where your photos are stored and the pictures will appear in the box
  4. Click on the photo you want to use
  5. When it appears in the box, use the options in pop-up box, “photo settings” to determine the following:
    1. if you want to use the “Ken Burns” effect
    2. what size you want the picture to be
    3. how long you want the picture to appear
  6. Click “apply” to make the changes and to add the picture to the picture line at the ‘Playhead’.

Editing pictures:
  1. To change the order of the pictures
    • Click on the picture frame icon to clearly show the order of the pictures (it eliminates the time component so all the pictures are side by side)
    • To change the order, click and drag the picture you want to change to the place you would like it to be
  2. To change the length of the picture
    • Click on the picture you want to lengthen
    • Click on “Show Photo Settings”
    • Change the ‘hare and tortoise’ setting to lengthen
    • Click on ‘apply’

    • To shorten the picture, use the picture bar section
    • Click on the picture
    • Click on the end corner to activate the playhead
    • Move the playhead to the left to the point where you want to shorten the picture
    • Click on ‘edit’
    • Click on “Split video clip at playhead”
    • Click on the space created by the split and delete

Adding audio:
  1. To add previously recorded sound
    • Click on “Media”
    • Click on “Audio”
    • Click on title of the location where your audio is stored (additional preloaded audio will appear as you click on the audio name)
    • Click on the audio you want to use
    • It will appear at the ‘Playhead’

  1. To add voice
    • Attach a microphone (for clarity)
    • Place the playhead where you want to start recording
    • Click on the red button by ‘microphone’ to start recording
    • Click on the green button by ‘microphone’ to stop recording

Editing audio:
  • To change the order of the audio clips
    • Click on the audio segment to be moved
    • Click and drag the audio segment to the place you would like it to be
    • You will need to adjust the audio was already in that location as well
  • To shorten the length of the audio
    • Click on the audio segment to be moved
    • Click and drag the audio segment to the place you would like it to be
    • You will need to adjust the audio was already in that location as well
    • Click on the audio segment
    • Click on the end corner to activate the playhead
    • Move the playhead to the left to the point where you want to shorten the audio
    • Click on ‘edit’
    • Click on “Split aduio clip at playhead”
    • Click on the space created by the split and delete

Adding a Title:
1) Click on the frame where you would like the title
2) Click on ‘Editing’
3) Click on ‘Titles’
4) Choose a title location (you will be able to preview it)
  • Fill in the title information
  • Choose the speed, color, font, etc
  • Choose direction of transition (if applicable)
5) Click on ‘Add’
6) Add additional features as you like (under titles)
7) Click on ‘Add’


Adding a Transition:
1) Place the playhead at the location you would like the transition (between pictures)
2) Click on ‘Editing’
3) Click on ‘Transitions’
4) Choose a transition (you will be able to preview the transition)
  • Click on the transition
  • Choose the speed of the transition
  • Choose direction of transition (if applicable)
5) Drag the transition icon to the desired location (a blue link will appear between the pictures)
6) Click on update


RESOURCES:



Web Sites for Digital Storytelling


Maggie's favorite is
**http://**www.**digital**es.us
but check out all of these too.
http://www.adobe.com/education/instruction/adsc/
http://www.prel.org/eslstrategies/multimedia.html
http://mccdigitalstory.blogspot.com/2007/12/ideas-for-digital-stories.html
http://www.storycenter.org/
http://pics.tech4learning.com
http://delicious.com/edukateme/digitalstorytelling (Kate's favorite digital storytelling sites)

Lorraine's favorite educational tech site (great ideas from around the country!): www.edutopia.org



Emails of session participants:

hshawjr@gmail.com
ksmith@msad35.net
ksmithsad35@gmail.com
madley@msad74.org
rkirkwood@brunswick.k12.me.us
mspearin33@gmail.com
mskafidas@msad35.net
lrobida@msad35.net





Harold Shaw reporting out on the World of Digital Storytelling





Still more on Digital Storytelling:

http://learninginamerica.wikispaces.com/Digital+Storytelling
http://learninginamerica.wikispaces.com/Digital+Storytelling+Workshop
http://learninginamerica.wikispaces.com/Storytelling
http://sites.google.com/site/westernmainelearning/digital-storytelling-workshop