Creating And Sharing Digital Stories

Recording the Story

Once participants have written down or typed out the first draft of their story and have had time to tweak their wording and refine their thoughts, the story may be audio-recorded to get it into a digital format.

Later, the audio-recording will be incorporated into the digital media software and used to form the narration of the digital story. Some participants may choose to skip the writing phase of the project, and jump right into audio-recording their stories verbatim, as if they are telling their story to someone orally.

There are various ways that participants can record their story. They may use a digital audio-tape recorder, a computer with a microphone, video recording devices or advanced audio-recording equipment in a recording studio. While a recording studio may be an ideal venue for recording personal narratives, the possibility of accessing studio time for the community digital storytelling project may be unlikely.

All audio recording should be conducted in a quiet, private location, preferably without any type of distractions. Possible distractions may include noisy lights, air conditioning, fans, clocks, computers, slamming doors, and even traffic and other outside noises. The room that will be used for recording should be available throughout the duration of the creation workshop sessions. It does not need to be a spacious room, but it should be large enough to accommodate at least three people. To minimize the chance of echoing, a cluttered room is preferred over a tidy or empty room (Adams, 2008).