HOME Step 1: Script Step 2: Voice Over Step 3: Images Step 4: Sync Step 5: Export

Writing the Script

This is the most challenging part of any digital storytelling project. If you are writing your first digital story script, here a few tips:

  • Keep the length to about one page double-spaced
  • Provide students with an outline and examples of completed scripts (BBC site has transcripts for each digital story)
  • Help students structure the flow of their story with tools like a Story Spine or a VPS, emphasize Beginning, Middle, End
  • TELL a STORY not just share information
  • Use mind-mapping tools
  • Give students 3 index cards and tell them to describe three scenes from their story, one scene on each index card
  • Work backwards - answer how did you change and then describe the journey to that point

Story Mapping
This is an example from Jason Ohler that demonstrates how a Virtual Portrait of a Story(VPS) charts the flow of a story. The VPS differs from a story board in how it focuses on the internal change made by the main character.

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Download a blank VPS and Story Tree here.

Story Coaching

Want feedback on your digital story script? Go here. This is one way to use the Discussion feature of a wiki to provide feedback to students during Step 1. Also, look at how student blogs can be used to provide feedback by having students post a draft of their story to their blog for their peers and teachers to comment on.

Providing helpful feedback isn't always easy for students. Which of the following would help you more?

“Hey, great details in your story! You have some typos and grammar mistakes. You might want to fix those.”

“Hey, I really enjoyed your story. The opening scene works really well. I feel like I am there next to you when you are taking your piano exam. I was wondering if you thought about adding a scene at the end where you describe how your piano teacher reacted when you told her how well you did on the exam.”

“Hi, I’m confused by your story. What do you mean when you say “It was to work for my goal?” Maybe you could explain this better.”

“Hi, this story is off to a good start. I don’t always hear you talk in class so this was cool to learn about you and what you like to do outside of school. As I read your story, I was thinking that I wanted to know if you taught yourself how to program a computer or did you take a class?”