1. Defining your story
As the first step into developing your Digital Story, you are being asked to choose one topic of interest. Take a look at the excerpt below. Think carefully. Do some research (talk with friends, family, or search on the Internet).
After all this, send your choice to the teacher.
Finding a story
Finding an interesting story is one important moment for the development of a DS (Digital Story). Lambert (2003) provides some suggestions, under the following sets: a) the story about someone important - about someone admired, someone in our relationship, or even someone to honor and remember for life; b) the story about an event in my life - a major event that has taken away from normal, including a trip, for example, or an achievement in life, such as graduation from school; c) the story about a place in my life - a home, a town, a park or any other place valued to the community; d) the story about what I do - a job, which gives the sense of identity; e) the story about a recovery - overcoming great challenge; f) the story of a love - romance, partnership; g) the story of a discovery - finding solutions to problems.
Other suggestions as to the kind of DSs are offered by Robin (2006), in the following categories: a) personal narratives, with significant incidents, allowing for the learning of various backgrounds, with different realities, for a discussion on general issues involved, and for the elimination of distances among the students; b) historical documentaries, with important events on the past, involving research on them and the inclusion of material available (such as audio files) to add authenticity to the story; and c) informative or instructive, with information or instructions on concepts or practices, i.e., instructional material in content areas such as math, science, etc. The author stresses, however, that a DS can be created using a combination of the three categories.