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HOW TO – Basics of Working with iMovie ’13

When OS 10.9 (Mavericks) was released, it came with a completely redesigned version of iMovie. I’m referring to it as iMovie ’13, but some users refer to it as iMovie …

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GUIDE – Using Storytelling to Show, not Tell

One reason I encourage students to use screenplay format to plan their digital stories is that this format helps you focus on “showing” your story rather than “telling” it. In …

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HOW TO – Estimate Script Length for Audio Voiceover

Working on a project that will include audio voiceover? Here’s how to estimate how long the voiceover will be, based on the number of words in your script: Choose a …

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HOW TO – Add audio to a Cowbird story

If you decide to publish a Cowbird story for your portfolio, you may publish the story as text only or as text plus an audio recording of you reading the …

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DESKTOP, MOBILE, & WEB APPS for Composing Comics

Want to try conveying a message in the form of a comic strip or comic book “short story”? Check out the options below, but also do your own Google searches …

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HOW TO – Create your own avatar or comic character

NOTE: This post is under development as of 2/16/15. My WRTG 3020 students will find the same info (minus my sample avatars) on their Class HUB. AVATAR MAKERS Cartoon Style …

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HOW TO – Make your own fake social media conversation

The demos below were experiments for students who wanted to incorporate social media conversations in their projects but didn’t want to use their “real” accounts to do so. Turns out …

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DESKTOP & WEB APPS for Creating Screencasts (aka Screen Recording)

NOTE: For related posts, browse the tag archive for: screencasting A screencast is a video recording of whatever is displayed on the forefront of your computer screen. Screencasts can be …

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DESKTOP & WEB APPS – Composing with Video

For most video projects, you will need to be able to make basic edits to videos you download or create, including cropping and trimming selections, adding title cards and transitions, …

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HOW TO – How to Download Videos from YouTube and Other Video Hosting Sites

If you’re planning to compose a remix or video commentary, or you need a video clip for some other reason, you’ll probably want to download a copy of a video …

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GUIDE – Using Narrative Techniques for Digital Storytelling

Most of these techniques work for stories in any format, but some are specific to stories that draw on both voice over and visuals (i.e., digital storytelling). STRATEGIES FROM CREATIVE …

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HOW TO – Share links on our G+ community

NOTE: I wrote these instructions for my WRTG 3020 students, but they’re broad enough to apply to any G+ community user. You can share links on our G+ community in …

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HOW TO – Add a shared folder to your My Drive for easy access

If someone has shared a Google Drive folder with you, and you plan to access the folder often and/or add your own files to it, you should add the folder …

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GUIDE – Finding IMAGES You Can Use in Your Digital Composition Projects

FYI: Subject to ongoing development! NOTE: Although the info below refers specifically to images, the general concepts apply to all forms of digital media you plan to use in a …

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HOW TO – Set up your new WordPress.com blog

This help page walks you through the basics of setting up a new blog, focusing only on the most important settings. For help with the day to day use of …

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HOW TO – Create a Comic in Pixton

NOTE: This page is still under development, but you should find enough here to get you started with creating a comic in Pixton! The instructions refer to the student version …

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GUIDE – Uploading Videos to Web Hosting Sites (aka Exporting in “Web Ready” Video Format)

WHAT IS “WEB READY” FORMAT? iMovie and Windows MovieMaker are non-linear video editing systems, which means that they allow you to assemble video projects from a variety of media files …

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ABOUT – What Apps & Web Sites Can I Use for New Media Writing?

For a definition of “new media writing,” see: ABOUT – What is New Media Writing? Here is a “big picture” guide to the kind of apps and web sites you …

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HOW TO – Use your WordPress.com blog for class

This help page walks you through the steps you’ll take most often, in order to make a new post, check out new comments, and so on. For tips on getting …

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WEB APPS for Creating and Sharing Mind Maps

ABOUT MIND MAPS Mind maps are incredibly helpful as planning tools, but you can also use them to present concepts to an audience. Mind maps typically follow a hierarchical structure, …

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WEB APPS for Creating Presentations & Slideshows

You can use the apps on this page to create presentations with beautiful templates and simple animations as well as slideshows with music or captions. Also see: WEB APPS for …

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Storytelling Course: Learning Units & Goals

Here are the Learning Units & Goals for my Storytelling through New Media class, as of January 2015. Return to the Learning Goals page for links to my Writing & …

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DESKTOP & MOBILE APPS – Stop Motion Animation

ABOUT ANIMATION: To learn more about different forms of animation, see this guide: Different Approaches to Animation For more animation apps, see: Desktop & Mobile Apps for Animation STOP MOTION …

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GUIDE – Understanding the Art of Digital Storytelling

QUOTES ON STORYTELLING “Telling weak stories with technology is like giving a bad guitar player a bigger amplifier.” “Writing is the primary tool used to plan and create a digital …

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DESKTOP, WEB & MOBILE APPS – Keyframe Animation

ABOUT ANIMATION: To learn more about different forms of animation, see this guide: Different Approaches to Animation DESKTOP APPS Animated Stories Plotagon (Mac, Windows, iPad; free) invites you to enter …

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WEB, DESKTOP, & MOBILE APPS for Working with Images, Photos, and Graphics

Apps for working with images come in two varieties: pixel-based and vector-based. Pixel-based apps are best for editing photos and making images out of layers, while vector-based apps are best …

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DESKTOP APPS for Editing and Composing with Audio

Overview In order to create an audio story or essay, or to create an audio voiceover for a video, you’ll need two things: (1) a recording device (a laptop with …

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WEB APPS – Create and Host Your Own Blog, Wiki, or Web Site

BLOGS WordPress.com (by far the most popular free blogging platform) Tumblr (a close second in popularity to WP and gaining; much more limited interface, but super easy to use) WIKIS …

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WEB APPS for Creating Infographics

Infographics have long been popular ways to share information in visual formats, but only recently have tools emerged that allow anyone to create an infographic without needing access to professional …

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GUIDE – Finding Reusable AUDIO & VIDEO for Digital Composition Projects

FYI: Subject to ongoing development! NOTE: To learn more about the general principles for re-usable media as well as how to find re-usable IMAGES, see this more recent post: GUIDE …

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