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).


Also, watch some of the digital stories developed (check here or here, and in Brazil, here)


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.