Digital Storytelling Day 2: Storyboarding


This is a planning day for you to create a storyboard for your video, consider images and clips you’ll need to find/create. You may also be thinking about background music or sound effects for your video.

Whether you have ideas for your video or need time to collect your thoughts, getting your thoughts on “paper” is highly recommended. Let’s look at some storyboarding tools that can help us with this task.

Template and examples

PDF (storyboard_template small)

PDF (storyboard-template-large)

Intentional Choices:
Let’s see how one person thinks about design choices.

Reminder about Project:

You have several options for what your digital story might be:

1. An educational video for use in your subject/grade level.
2. A video that showcases a personal talent.
3. A commercial for your major.
4. A TED talk about something you are passionate about. (what is a TED talk?).

Here are some other details:

1. The video should tell a story – not simply instruct.
2. Your story needs a beginning, middle, and end.
3. It can be fiction or non-fiction.
4. You need to identify the age of your audience (within the story or preferably on your Creativity and Innovation webpage).
5. If you are writing fiction you need characters and conflict.
6. If you are writing nonfiction – your readers need to know why they should care about your topic.
7. Regardless of fiction or nonfiction – your reader should learn something.
8. The story will likely be 2-3 minutes long. Nothing bad happens if it’s a little shorter or a bit longer.

***You can look at the examples from last class or see more by looking through past student Google Sites.

Creative Commons: Image, Music, and Video

We are going to be creating a digital story in class and you will probably want to use some photos from the internet – you may even want some background music. Let’s explore some resources through Creative Commons.

Ty shared this blog with us in class last week (30+ Places to Find Creative Commons Media)

Additional resources were shared – here’s the SMART Board image:


I love Flickr, and especially the ability to search for Creative Commons images. This is where I find some of the images for our blog.

Additionally, you can take screen shots of Power Point slides or anything really! Using Jing or taking screen shots from the computer can allow you to save these as .jpg images to use in your video. Remember, your video can consist of images, video, or both.

Royalty Free Music

Royalty Free Music

Free Play Music

Creative Commons Licensed Music

For Monday

1. Ron Braxley will be joining us Monday and Wednesday. On Monday, he will be showing us how to work with iMovie (Mac) and Wednesday he will be showing us how to work with Live Movie Maker (PC). You have the choice to come both days or you can choose the day that corresponds with the actual program you plan to use. Make sure you have a draft of your ideas so you can ask questions and even start to work within the program.

Tutorials: If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial.

2. It will help to have a Dropbox set up with your photos or videos to make them easy to pull into the program. I sent you all an invitation a few weeks back. But here’s a link in case you haven’t set up your account yet. Dropbox is a cloud, meaning your files can be stored online and accessed from any device. In fact, there are Dropbox apps for your phone, computers, iPads, etc. If you use this link I gave you, you get the normal 2GB + additional space. If you then invite friends, you are allotted more and more space (I think 15GB max). I’ll be using Dropbox to share SMART Board files with you all after spring break. One of the great features is being able to share folders with others (maybe you’re collaborating with someone?)

3. Blog Commenting – make it a goal to comment on at least one classmate’s blog over the weekend.


3 comments on “Digital Storytelling Day 2: Storyboarding

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