Digital Storytelling

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Are You Into It?

Do you love to tell stories using digital technology? In this project you get to tell your story or the stories of others by learning all about the production process and technologies that make it possible. Zoom in on animation, video production, editing, sound production, image manipulation, and the secrets to telling a great story.

  • Develop an interest in and understanding of digital storytelling
  • Develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills
  • Improve communication and teamwork skills by working the way they do in the real world – in production teams
  • Develop responsible attitudes about technology and how technology relates to our everyday world and people’s lives
  • Gain experience in problem solving and decision making using science process skills
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to digital storytelling

Here’s what you can do all year!

Starting Out / Basic Level 1

  • Discover the world of digital storytelling from the process of creating stories to the technology that makes it possible.
  • Learn about cameras and microphones and their functions
  • Discover light and sound techniques that make quality presentations possible.
  • Analyze various media forms and evaluate their use in different situations.

Learning More / Intermediate  Level 2

  • Use digital storytelling tools to create an image, video, or audio project
  • Play with audio and video editing software.
  • Discover how audio can enhance the quality of video production.
  • Discover how design elements and art principles impact your message.
  • Work with the different media styles and evaluate when each would be the most effective at telling a story

Expanding Horizons / Advanced Level 3

  • Use digital storytelling hardware, software and communication principles to tell a compelling story.
  • Use your skills to create a 4-H story for member recruitment in your county
  • Enter a research project in a science or technology fair
  • Use your digital storytelling skills to bring awareness to a need in your community.
  • Organize a local media event for youth to exhibit and share their storytelling productions.

Take It Further

Project Hot Sheet

Fair Exhibit Tip Sheets

Tip sheets are used by judges to evaluate your exhibit. Use them to help make the best presentation of your work. Choose a tip sheet based on your project's intended purpose.

If your project:

Exhibitor Fair Information Form (Word or editable pdf)

Exhibit Evaluation Form (B/W pdf)

Other Opportunities to Explore:

  • Attend Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and participate in workshops, motivational speakers and a community service project, bringing ideas back to your community.
  • Is it county fair time? Consider taking an exhibit, a piece of your project learning to the fair for judging and to show off what you’ve learned throughout the year. It might get selected to go to the Iowa State Fair.
  • Enter your digital storytelling production in the Iowa 4-H Film Festival or Film Fest: National 4-H Film Festival.
  • Contact your local ISU Extension Office for local workshops, activities, camps, and events on video, audio, or image production.
  • Meet others interested in digital storytelling. Check out camps at the Iowa 4-H Center focused on digital storytelling.
  • Interested in a college education in the area of digital stroytelling? Schedule a visit with Iowa State University to explore those majors.

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.

 Communication

  • Enter a video in a film competition for youth such as the Iowa 4-H Film Festival
  • Create an exhibit for your county fair or do an educational presentation about a technology or technique you’ve used.

Citizenship

  • Use video or audio production to inspire community members or your city council to take action on a topic important to you
  • Use your digital storytelling skills to help a local non-profit

Leadership

  • Organize a fieldtrip to a local lab, business, or industry to learn how they use digital storytelling
  • Teach a workshop on video production or image editing during a day camp
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