Posted by Carole Kirk

Enterprise Project – Video and Digital Story resources

(This is a copy of the resources made available on the VLE for PECI3107 Enterprise Project for Semester 2 2011/2012. 

Resources to help you use video and digital storytelling to reflect on and communicate your learning from the project.

1. Using video and blogs to reflect upon your learning

You could choose to capture your learning from the project using video. You could video group discussions, interview each other, interview clients, or video performances and activities – the possibilities are endless.

If you have your own video recording device e.g. on your camera or mobile phone, then follow the instructions for your device to download the video file to your PC. You can then upload the video to YouTube and embed it in the VLE blog.  You can also upload photos using Flickr so that you can easily embed them in the VLE blog:Using Flickr and YouTube to embed photo/video to VLE blog

If you don’t have a device, you can borrow a small handheld camcorder from PCI and then follow the link above for help with uploading videos to your blog.

 

2. Using digital stories to reflect upon and present your learning

You can use Digital Stories to reflect on your learning from your Enterprise Project. A digital story can be a bit like a video documentary. It can contain photos, video, text, narration and music. If you have made a digital story, you can put it onto your blog as evidence of your learning. You can also play the digital story in your assessed group presentation. Thinking further ahead, your digital story might be something you could present as part of a portfolio of skills to show a potential employer. You will also develop skills of developing and managing digital content, essential for managers within the creative industries.

You can collect material for your digital story throughout the project. In ‘real time’, you can capture work-in-progress through photographs, video, recorded spoken reflections (often phones have audio recorders), scanned documents, etc.

Going back to these files will be a memory jogger or prompt to help you think about what you’ve learned. Making a digital story involves selecting photos/videos/audio that best represent moments of learning and experience, and then editing them together to tell a story. You can narrate the story, or you can add text.

Tools

There are a number of tools that you can use to create a digital story.

Microsoft Photostory 3 is very simple to use. You can import photographs, order them along a timeline, and add narration for each photo. You can also add text, and music. It is free to download from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11132 and there is an introductory tutorial below. The ‘help’ button is also very useful. The only drawback is that you can’t use video with Photostory.

 

 

If you do want to use video, you can just embed it in your blog (as above). Or you can use Windows Live Movie Maker, which is available for Vista or Windows 7. With Movie Maker, you can import videos or photographs, and add a sound track (which could be spoken reflections, for example). We’ve made a comprehensive tutorial about how to do video editing in Movie Maker.

There are also guides to using Movie Maker as part of the Windows website:-

You can also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a digital story. You can import photos or video; add narration and music; and create a video file. If you are not familiar with PowerPoint, I would recommend using PhotoStory instead, as it is much quicker and easier to use and it does most of the work for you. Below is a tutorial showing you how to create a digital story with PowerPoint 2007:-

There is also an example further down the resources page.

Presenting your story

There are resources on this page that can help you to upload your digital story and embed it into a blog on the VLE. If you want to embed your video into PowerPoint, click the ‘Insert’ tab and then select ‘Movie’. Important: you must make sure that when you are presenting, your movie file has been inserted from the same directory that your PowerPoint presentation is in. Otherwise it won’t find it. I suggest you create a directory on a memory stick for your presentation, copy the video into the same directory, and then insert the movie from there. When you show your presentation, run it from that directory on your memory stick. Practice beforehand to make sure you have the technology set up right.

Finally, the most important thing is to focus on what you are learning. It doesn’t matter if the digital story doesn’t look great, so don’t spend hours on fine-tuning the production of it. Just use it as an opportunity to reflect on your project and what you have learned. Sharing your learning through images and sound can be a good way to ‘show’ what you’ve learned in a powerful and engaging way.

3. A very simple example of a reflective digital story

Here’s one I made earlier, just to show you what a digital story made using PhotoStory 3 could look like. Yours might look very different.

 

4. An example digital story using PowerPoint 2007

This is an example digital story showing the possibilities for using PowerPoint 2007 to create digital stories that include video. Music by www.pacdv.com/sounds/ (it is important to use royalty free music and credit it appropriately)