Workshop Tasks

These workshop tasks are aimed to give you a little taste of creating a digital story using an easily accessible online tool. By creating this digital story, you will have the confidence to bring it into your classroom.

A. Watch this short clip from the movie, The Bucket List  to inspire you to write your own.

What is one thing you want to do before you die? Brainstorm a couple of ideas for your digital story.

B. Once you have one idea for your bucket list, you need to find a picture to accompany your story.


1. Go to http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/.  Scroll down and check the box next to “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content“. Then search for photos to accompany your story. For this workshop, because of time constraints, you should choose ONE picture for your story.


2. Once you have found a photo that you like. Click on the photo and then right click. Choose a size for your photo. I like to use Medium. Right click again and “Save image as. . . “.  Save the image to your flash drive or to the computer you are using. When you are saving, use a name that will help you identify the picture. This will be useful later in the process.


Now you are ready to add voice and background music to your digital story.


3. Go to MyBrainshark, an easy online tool to help you put together your digital story. Click “Sign up for free“. Fill in the information and then click “Register“.  (If you have trouble signing up for an account, please let us know and we will give you access to a dummy account that we set up. ) You will be prompted to choose a Pro Account. We want the free account, so scroll down and then click “No, Thanks. Continue with Free Version“.


4. Click “Upload Content“. Then click “Make a Photo Album“. Click “Upload Photos“. Find the photos that you want to use. Click “Next“. Then choose “Click here to record using your microphone“.


5. A new window will pop up.  You will be prompted to allow microphone access. Choose “Allow“. (On some computers, you may have to also click “Continue.)  Then click “Record“. Begin recording your one-minute story. When you are finished, click “Stop“. Then “Save” the recording. If you want to listen to this recording, click the title of your photo and choose “Play“. If you are not happy with your recording, simply click “Record” and you will be prompted with “There is existing audio on this slide. Continue?“.  Click “Yes” and record again.


When you are satisfied with your recording, then click “End Recording Session“.


6. After you click “End Recording Session”, you will be able to see your digital story. Now you are ready to add background music. Click “Edit Presentation” which is on the right of your digital story under “What can you do now?”.

Click “Background Audio” which is on the left-hand side of the screen under  “Things you can do“.  You should see a pop-up window with a selection of background music. Listen to the samples and choose the one that you like by checking the box. Then click “Add Selected“. For the volume, you can choose 30 to 40% depending on how loud your recording is. Then click “Apply” and “Save“. This will bring you to the “Edit your presentation” page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save“.  Now you should be able to play your digital story.


7. If you are not satisfied with your story, you can always click “Edit Presentation” located in the box next to your video. Then you can add more photos, edit the audio or the background music until you are satisfied with your story. (Also, feel free to add more ideas and more pictures to your bucket list if you find that you have time during the workshop.)


8. Once you are are satisfied with your digital story, please share it by clicking “Make it Active” located in the box next to your video. Then click “Embed/Link” and share it with other people. Send the link for your story to jenn.chow@yahoo.ca if you want to share it with us.


(These are the instructions to create a digital story with one image. If you would like the instructions to create a digital story with multiple images, click here.)

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