Q5 Finalize It!

18. Digital Storytelling

Filmstrip with Finalize and Produce highlighted


The goal of this Quest is for you to use your Storyboard content to create a digital story that you can save and share.

WeVideo and Adobe Spark are two platforms featured in this Quest that are easy to use, free, and enable you to create a video story. Your teacher or you may find that a different platform is better suited or preferred for your original digital story. The choice of the platform is up to you and your teacher.

This Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Media document (from Thing #17 Creative Communications) may be helpful to review.

I Can Statements

  • consider the advantages and disadvantages of different platforms
  • upload images to a platform such as WeVideo
  • combine media elements to tell a story
  • download or export a digital story
  • publish my story to share with others

Key Vocabulary

Media: Media is the communication tools used to store and deliver information.

Platform: A platform is the medium; the computer application or resource used to deliver a digital story, such as a slide show, video, podcast, etc. 

Screencasting: Screencasting is capturing screenshots to create videos.

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct Link

Now it's time to assemble and finalize your story.

*Your work on your storyboard will make it easier to put everything together for these final steps.


1. When possible identify a partner to work with. Each of you will provide support and constructive feedback to each other on your work before you finalize it.

 Feedback directions:

  • Each of you will copy or download and then fill out this 18.Q5 Feedback & Revision Form for your stories.
  • Make any changes needed to your story before finishing the video and saving it.

2. Decide which application you will use to create your Digital Story (WeVideo, Adobe Spark, or an alternative). WeVideo and Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video directions and tutorials are in the content boxes below.  

Note: If you under the age of 13 you may need to work with your teacher to locate an alternative or have a login account provided for you. Alternatives are listed in the labeled content box below.

WeVideo Requirements:

  • The student must be over the age of 13 (or work with a partner that is 13 or older) or have an account created by the teacher.
  • An email account is required to sign up for an account.

Below are video tutorials for WeVideo. The 21things video tutorials are broken up into 4 parts plus the example video story titled, A Lake Erie Beach Story.

The Problem/Solution Planning Script and Problem/Solution Google Storyboard Template used for this project.



WeVideo Tutorial Part 1: This video teaches how to create an account, age limit terms, login, use the Planning and Script document and Storyboard, and import media.

WeVideo Tutorial Part 2: This video teaches how to create a video, introduce the menus, timeline, save, name, themes, media, text, and music menus.

WeVideo Tutorial Part 3: This video teaches how to add text, subtitles, and graphics.

WeVideo Tutorial Part 4: This video teaches how to add media files, transitions, music, narration, finishing, downloading, and sharing.

Additional tutorials:

1. WeVideo Academy

2. Getting Started with WeVideo video tutorial

3. WeVideo Adding Text on YouTube

Adobe Creative Cloud Express Requirements:

  • Teachers may obtain a free education account and provide individual student codes
  • The student must be over the age of 13 (or work with a partner that is 13 or older) or have an account created by the teacher.
  • An email account is required to sign up for an account.

Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials:

Book Creator is both an Online Web-based platform Book Creator but also has apps for different devices.

Free version: Create 1 library and 40 books. Note: Teachers can create an account and invite students to create in their library,

  • Students can sign in with their Google or Microsoft account and create their own book, copy a teacher's book and edit it to be their own version, or work on one together with classmates.

You can combine text, images, audio, and video.

Tutorial video (7:04)

Free alternative digital storytelling video creation options:

1. Screencasting can be done using a Chrome extension called screencastify, or a browser based one called ScreenPal (formerly Screencast-O-Matic)

2 Microsoft Sway requires a Microsoft Account to sign in. It is fairly easy-to-use to create content and stories to share or embed. Pre-designed layouts, designs and a storyline help you quickly create your content.

3. There are a variety of apps for creating digital stories. Check with your teacher and find out which of the apps below are available for your device. 

4. Narration and the gift of your voice can be an important part of a digital story. This is also a great way to practice the suspense and emotions you want to include.

Voice recording tools: 

  • The Vocaroo.com application is an easy to use and FREE program to record your voice and create mp3 sound files. It works with the Windows PC, Macintosh Chrome Browser, Chromebook, but not the iPad (iPad users can try Tellagami, GarageBand, or ChatterPix Kids apps).
  • Visit Thing 17. Creative Communications for additional options.

Audio Recording Tips:

1. Record your script once and then listen to see what you need to improve. Use the chart below as a guide. Remember you are practicing.

Evaluation of Audio/Music Narration
* Volume is good Volume needs  some improvement Can't hear or understand the voice, too soft
*Speech can be understood Hard to understand Spoken too fast
*Voice is interesting with inflection and/or drama Voice has little interest or drama in it No enthusiasm or drama in the voice, like a monotone
* Lack of ums and uhs, flows well Background music too loud or soft Stops or stumbles in the flow with ums and uhs

2. Practice several times until the recording feels right, then ask a classmate to listen, use the chart, and give their advice.

3. Save your completed audio by downloading it as an mp3 file (recommended).

Note: This audio file can be used with other storytelling platforms, such as WeVideo

Your teacher will advise you on how and where to post the link to your digital story or publish your video story.

Options include:

  • a learning management system such as: Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, etc.
  • Google Classroom or Microsoft Classroom
  • your digital portfolio or blog or Google Drive space

Completing this Quest

In order to successfully complete this Quest you will have created, published and shared your video.

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   I have completed the Quests as assigned by my teacher.

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MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences