Digital Storytelling Family Historians

Digital Storytelling changes lives,
perceptions and people. This effective
art form can be used to capture oral
history for your family and community.

Digital Storytelling

For Family Historians

In this course you will learn how to create a short video about
your ancestor, with narration, images from your archives and a musical
background. In the lessons I provide step by step instructions on how
to use PowerPoint to create your Digital Story.

Start with your memorabilia

Old photos, letters, documents
& newspaper articles ...

There’s something about an old photo or a letter long forgotten, an
ancient certificate of birth, marriage or death, that evokes emotion
and prompts you to write a story to preserve the provenance
surrounding that object. Here’s some examples to get started: Begin
with a photo and imagine the circumstances around it – a wedding
photo of all the ladies in the garden – who was there and who was not?
Begin with a letter from a soldier to his family and imagine what it was
like at the front. Begin with a marriage certificate and reveal the
history of the couple. Begin with a baptism record and look for clues
on the timing of baptism related to the birth date. Begin with a
newspaper article from the past and tell the story about the event.

Course Curriculum

Free preview first chapter content


  • 3.1 Digital Storytelling History

  • 3.2 Anatomy of Digital Storytelling

  • 3.3 Elements of an Engaging Digital Story

  • 3.4 Test your learning 1

  • 3.5 Are you ready to begin?


  • 5.1 Create your Script

  • 5.2 Record your narrative from a script

  • Optional: Edit Audacity voice recording

  • Optional: Record Oral History Interviews

  • 5.3 Save your story recording

  • 5.4 William Adrian Allery Digital Story Part A

  • 5.5 William Adrian Allery Digital Story Part B

  • 5.6 Test your learning 3

  • 5.7 Digital Story Narrative


  • 7.1 Create a PowerPoint Slideshow

  • 7.2 Manage the visual elements

  • 7.3 Create digital images of photos

  • 7.4 Work with images

  • 7.5 Apply transitions

  • 7.6 Add Animations

  • 7.7 Add credits

  • 7.8 Digital Story PowerPoint Slides Draft


  • 9.1 Final William Adrian Allery DST 3

  • 9.2 More resources for you

  • 9.4 Before you go…

  • Congratulations on Completion


    2.1 A message from the instructor
    2.2 Discussion Forum Etiquette
    2.3 Prepare your Computer
    2.4 Preserve Family History
    2.5 Background story: William Adrian Allery B: 1845 D: 1929
    2.6 Story Narration: The Missing Evidence


  • 4.1 Scope your story

  • 4.2 Know your Ancestor

  • 4.3 Conduct Effective Research

  • 4.4 Craft your Story

  • Optional: Book a Story planning time

  • 4.5 Ancestral Story Narrative

  • 4.6 Personal Story Narrative

  • 4.7 Test your learning 2

  • 4.8 Digital Story Plan


  • 6.1 The Shooting Script (Storyboard)

  • 6.2 Create a Storyboard in Word

  • Optional: Webinar 1: Storyboarding

  • 6.3 Digital Story Storyboard


  • 8.1 Manage Media Assets

  • 8.2 Work with Music

  • 8.3 Work with Voice Over

  • 8.4 Rehearse the slideshow

  • 8.5 Export as a Video

  • Optional: Webinar 2: Digital Story Exporting

  • 8.6 William Adrian Allery DST 2

  • 8.7 Review your DST

  • 8.8 Digital Story Video Shared

Make your digital story accessible

share with family

A digital story of about 5-6 minutes has the power to
engage and inform. Your family history can be preserved
in small videos and shared with your family. Family
members can access easily from their mobile device.
Store in YouTube and send a link.

Easy payments

Instalment Plan: 3 x $37
Payment per month​
One time payment

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Create your Video​

Your digital story is created as a short video with your narration, your memorabilia
and a musical soundtrack using tools from PowerPoint..

Share on YouTube

Upload your completed digital story video to YouTube and share with your
friends and family via a post in Facebook.


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