What’s Your Story?
We all have stories to tell and share. Stories from our imagination, stories about our lives, stories about places we’ve been or want to see, stories about our dreams, our happy times, our sad times, stories of where our families came from. So, what’s your story?
Use the story starter ideas and “mix and match” tools listed at the bottom of the page to create and share your own stories.
Some Story Ideas
- Put yourself in the picture
- Family Stories: Create a movie of photos that tell the story of your family and where they came from. Find music from your grandparents day to help tell the story. What were their lives like? What do they remember of THEIR grandparents?
- VERY Short Memoir: Can you tell your story in just 6 Words? Use flickr poetry to turn your memoir into a photo collage.
- Random Story: Write a story to go with 5 random photos in 5 Card Flickr.
- Community Stories: Tell the story of your community. Get out your camera and take some photos or video footage of your favorite places. Use a video editing tool to put it all together and narrate your story.
- Book trailers: Use video, photos and audio to create a book trailer for your favorite book. Just like a movie trailer. (Example: Whirligig)
- Podcast: record your thoughts about a favorite movie, game, book or whatever! Easy & free to do with AudioBoo.
- Memory Maps: Search Google Maps (or Google Earth) for someplace that you visited, take a screenshot of the map and use that as part of your story.
- You’re the Expert! Have something you love to do? Take pictures and create a slide show to share your tips with others.
- Computer Guru: Record something from your computer screen with a screencasting tool to share tips on using your favorite web site or favorite software.
- Photo Stories: Search for photos, add them to your presentation and write a story to go with them with Create a Story Presentation
- You’re a Poet: Try your hand at flickr poetry.
Mix and Match Tools
Lots of tools to help you find photos, create music, edit video, make comics, record your voice, edit photos and more.
Online Photo Editing and Photo Effects
- Pixlr – 3 fabulous online editors. Editor, Express and PixlrOmatic
- Photoshop Express Editor
- Image Generators – Tons of fun tools to turn your images into other things.
- Jing, Screencastomatic, Screenr – Record your computer screen and turn the recording into a short video.
- How to use the PC Snipping Tool to take a screen shot. You can save an image of what’s on your computer screen and use them just like photos in all sorts of projects.
- Microsoft Movie Maker – Free PC software, easy to use. Create a movie from video clips, photos and audio. Add transitions, titles and more.
- iMovie – Macintosh video editing software.
Online Video Storage
- AudioBoo – Record directly with at microphone or upload an audio file. Can also record from iPhone & Android phones.
- Garage Band – Macintosh music software
- Soundation – online music studio with recording, effects, virtual instruments and over 400 free loops and sounds.
- Canva – Create posters, flyers, invitations, graphics for presentations and much more.
Storytelling & Presentation tools
- Storybird – choose from some amazing graphics and write your own story.
- Glogster – Make a poster that includes audio, photos, videos and more.
- Animoto – Turns photos into amazing videos set to music
- Voicethread – upload your photos and narrate your story.
- Digital Storytelling Tools – more tools to explore
Find Creative Commons music, photos and other stuff to use in your projects
Some handy sites to help you find photos, music and other media that you can legally reuse in your projects. Before you use someone else’s stuff, make sure you have permission. Look for a Creative Commons license on it.
- Creative Commons Search – Search Google Images, Flickr, Jamendo and more.
- Sound Effects – Find all sorts of great sound effects.
- Music & Sound Resources – a bunch of places to find music
- Finding Media for Your Story – Lots and lots and lots more places to look.