How to Make a Digital Storybook

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A digital storybook is created with a computer and digital story software. It’s a fun way to share stories with others using your own words, music, text and pictures. Digital stories can be created on any topic imaginable. Examples include a favorite vacation, the birth of a child or instructions for a procedure. If you have access to a computer and necessary software, you can create your own digital storybook within a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Computer mouse
  • Windows Movie Maker software
  • Use a pencil and paper to write the narrative for your story. You also can draw thumbnail sketches to help you lay out your pictures and text. Planning is the first step in creating a successful digital storybook.

  • Turn on the computer and load Windows Movie Maker.

  • Go to “File” and choose “New Project.”

  • Go to “Tasks” and locate “Import.” Double-click “Digital Video Camera,” “Videos,” “Picture” or “Audio or Music” to import one of those files. Locate where the file is stored on the computer and click on it. Click “Import” to access it.

  • Click and drag each imported video, picture, audio or music file onto the storyboard. The storyboard is at the bottom of the screen and consists of a series of boxes or frames that will hold each imported file.

  • Go to “Tasks” and locate “Edit.” Double-click “Titles and Credits” to choose the location where you want the titles or credits to appear in you storyboard. Enter the text in the textbox and click “Add Title” or “Add Credit” to insert your text.

  • Go to “Tasks” and locate “Edit.” Double-click “Effects” and view the available effects that you can apply to the frames on your storyboard. To insert an ‘'Effect,” click on it and drag it onto the picture or video. The effect will be displayed at the beginning of the frame to which it is applied.

  • Go to “Play” and choose “Play Storyboard” to view your digital story.

  • Go to “Tasks" and locate “Publish to” so you can save and publish your digital story. You can choose to publish your digital story to your computer, DVD, recordable CD, email or digital video camera.

References

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