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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

Digital Storytelling

This technique generally requires the production of two-to-five-minute personal essays or memoirs narrated by the writer, the writing in these narratives can be incredibly powerful. They may be composed in a movie editor such as iMovie, or in presentation software such as Power Point using still photos or artwork for visuals. In Hawaii, the Department of Education has, for last three years, sponsored a digital-storytelling contest in which learners demonstrate creative writing and content knowledge (Hayes, 2005).

Resources and samples:

  • Digitales – digital storytelling resource site –
  • Digital Clubhouse Network – community based story telling project that is looking for individuals from all age groups and walks of life to share their stories. They offer all of the tools for free to those who what to participate in the community.
  • Telling their stories: Oral history archives project – site contains a collection of digital interviews conducted by high school students.


  • AjaxWrite – Web based word processing program.
  • Star Office – With slide templates, custom fonts, combined audio, video, animations, and special effects users can create multimedia presentations ( [pc only])
  • Photostory by microsoft – easy to use free software download from Microsoft. Works on PCs only.
  • Voicethread – “A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.” The company provides a limited free version and fee based professional version (~$60.00 a year) – read the pricing page for details.
  • Comic creation tools – comic life, historic tale construction kit, Animations

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