AudioAudio is often thought of in terms of how it can enhance other forms of digital media to create a story. However, a well recorded audio story can be as effective as other DST formats when creative correctly. Audio stories are typically shared in the form of a podcast, or on one of the two platforms described below. Since audio stories often require manipulation of multiple recordings, an audio editing program is also provided.
- Audacity 2.0.2 - a free, open source audio editing program that allows users to edit multiple layers of audio easily and quickly. The lame_mp3 plugin allows audacity to export MP3 files. Listen to Saving a Tree, an audio story created with Audacity.
- iTunes U - a platform for students and educators to share their audio stories. iTunes can be used from a computer or mobile device that has the iTunes U app installed.
- SoundCloud - a platform that allows users to share their audio stories that also allows listeners to embed comments for others to view within the track. Listen to Haleye Fox's Story Project, an audio story posted on SoundCloud.
ImagesA collection or series of images can be used to express meaning and create a story.
- Flickr - image hosting website that allows users to create collections of images to tell a story. View Gender Miscommunication, an image story posted on Flickr.
- Pixlr - a free online photo editor that will allow students to manipulate images for their digital stories
VideosVideos can tell stories by themselves, as well as through the incorporation of additional text, audio, and images.
- YouTube - a social networking site that allows users to upload, share, edit, comment, and remix videos. The following are different types of video stories posted on YouTube:
- Vimeo - a social networking site that focuses on the sharing of videos. Users are able to upload and comment on videos. Watch Splitscreen: A Love Story on Vimeo.
- iMovie - a video editor that is free for Mac users.
- Windows Live Movie Maker - a video editor that is free for PC users.
Social MediaMany of the tools mentioned could be classified as social media. There are a few platforms that incorporate media from all categories, which are explained below.
- Twitter - a micro-blogging social media platform that allows users to upload images, link to videos, and link to websites. Students can use Twitter for digital storytelling in two different ways:
- collaboratively through a common hashtag. Invading Earth is a record of a hashtag story.
- By creating a Twitter account specifically for the the purpose of the story. William Grudgings is a Twitter profile story.