Digital Stories

What Is a Digital Story?

Each of us has the ability to tell stories, from ancient times until the present man has told stories to cultivate and document history. Today with the emergence of the digital age, story telling is taking on a new form of storytelling, called digital storytelling. Digital story telling combines the conversion of written narrative to digital voiceovers that is aided by computer tools. By taking a written story and then converting into a digital sound narrative provides a means for expressive creativity. Additionally, digital narratives can be overlaid to both digital pictures and background music to give the digital story depth of expression and mood. An example of a digital story with the emotion of time and expression can be found at Daniel Meadows site entitled “Scissors.”

What are the elements of a digital story?

To construct a digital story there are a few elements in design to consider. First a digital story as an end product is usually 2-5 minutes in length that includes a combination of narrative personal writing, photo images and a musical soundtrack. Daniel Meadows states that “There’s strictness to the construction of a Digital Story: Two hundred and fifty words, a dozen or so pictures, and two minutes is about the right length. These strictures, I find, make for elegance. Digital Stories are a bit like sonnets in this respect, multimedia sonnets from the people (only it’s probably better when they don’t rhyme).” With the design elements defined the next question to answer would be “What is an effective process to consider when constructing a digital story?”

What is the process for constructing a digital story?

The process begins by first defining the style that best fits the kind of digital story you would like to portray. The KQED/DSI website suggests several types of story styles that can be used to create a digital story. These styles include: a story narrative over pictures; a story with music over pictures; or a story with interviews and pictures. The KQED/DSI has four chapters devoted to the construction of digital story telling that includes style definitions. Once the story style has been determined then a theme should be developed to support the story line. Themes can range from stories about adventure, travel, places, artifacts, and memories. The most important part of digital story design is its expressed point of view. An expressed point of view allows for the understanding of perspective and what compelled the telling of the story in the first place. Without a point of view or perspective, a story can appear to be a recitation of facts. A digital story is thus effective if it is told from an expressed point of view that captures a mood or emotion about ones topic.


Brer Coon and the Frogs

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The Wonderful Tar-Baby

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Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project

The Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project is seeking sponsorships for the continuation of documenting and digitally archiving Oklahoma History. Currently seventeen Oklahoma school districts, two colleges and the Oklahoma Heritage Museum are in the process of forming a collaborative initiative to create digital stories about the history of Oklahoma. The project is entitled the Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project or ODCP.odcp.jpgTo date the ODCP has trained over forty regional facilitators to train other teachers and students on how to create and archive digital stories about Oklahoma by county or region. A digital story is a new form of story telling that combines the conversion of written narrative to digital voiceovers that is aided by computer tools. By taking a written story and then converting into a digital sound narrative provides a means for expressive creativity. Additionally, digital narratives can be overlaid to both digital pictures and background music to give the digital story depth of expression and mood. An example of a digital story with digital audio narrative and photos that express and event in time and historical significances can be found at the Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project website entitled the Marquis James and the Cherokee Strip.

The Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project is currently a non funded project for digitally archiving Oklahoma’s History and is seeking financial support. The financial support is for training teachers on how to create digital stories within a creative commons environment and to purchase a media server for archiving each selected digital story. Teachers attending these in-services will learn how to use;

  • MovieMaker2 as a tool for creating movies through the development of a storyboard and script,

  • technology recording tools like Audacity: to, record live audio, convert narratives into digital recordings,

  • PhotoStory3 to create slideshows using digital photos to add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and voice narration to create digital stories

  • Google Earth as a geographical resource that allows the integration of technology resources for multiple purposes such as creating a KMZ file with expanded historical content for every county in Oklahoma.

The purchase of a media server will enable the project the continual development of the ODCP and to be merged in the near future as part of the Oklahoma Heritage website, or the Celebrate Oklahoma website as a resource for teachers and students. The Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project website will serve two purposes. The first purpose is to enable students and teachers to access a plethora of resources on ways to use technology that will include topics on creating digital stories, how to teach digitally, and tutorials that will support continual learning. The second purpose is to enable students and teachers to access a warehouse of digital resources built on one hundred years of Oklahoma history from 1907 to the present. The continued construction of the website will reinforce the idea that teachers and students who create digital stories and activities will be engaged in an important role in demonstrating the practical and effective uses of interactive technology resources in both teaching and learning.

Celebrate 100 Years of History
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Glass Mountains

The Blaine Escarpment begins to rise even beyond our north border. In its bounty it gives us the Great Salt Plains, the Nescatunga and the Cimarron, Alabaster Caverns, Cedar Canyon with the natural bridge, Chimney Rock and its fantastic arena, the Glass Mountains, the Gyp Hills, Roman Nose Park, Red Rock Canyon, The Tonkawa Hills. Who named the Glass Mountains? Nobody knows. The name first appeared on a map issued by the federal land office in 1873. Two years later a map from this same source called them the Gloss Mountains, precipitating a conflict, which continues to this day. And it inspired a probable legend. The 1873 map resulted from a survey led by an engineer named T.H. Barrett. Historiographer James Cloud is of the opinion that the draftsman who copied the 1873 map misread the “a” and thought it was an “o”. There is a persistent legend that a member of that first exploring party was British, or Bostonian. This Britisher (or Bostonian) awakening early one morning in the survey camp east of the mesas, saw the sun glinting on the selenite. He exclaimed in his long eastern patois, “Why, they look just like glaws!” Thence, the party’s cartographer simply wrote down what he thought he had heard. It was a passing error. Glass was the right word for their name, and so it remains.

  • Written By Bill Burchardt
  • Photographed by Mike King
  • Video Production by Mike King

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Sod House

At one time thousands of sod houses dotted the plains region of North America. The sod house pictured in this video was built by Marshal McCully in 1894 and is located at Aline, Oklahoma. The soddy is the only one still standing in Oklahoma that was built by a homesteader.

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State Capital Publishing Museum

Museum is home to a dynamic collection of territorial and early statehood printing presses, bindery equipment, newspapers and publishing history. The building, built by Frank Hilton Greer, in 1902 housed the first newspaper in the Oklahoma Territory and the largest printing plant west of the Mississippi. History has it that Frank Greer hopped a freight train and came to Guthrie, in April of 1889 with little formal education, some printing experience and $29 his pocket. From that day forward Greer developed a politically powerful newspaper with the largest circulation in the Territory aided by instillation of the first Linotype in Oklahoma. The Linotype is a printing machine that produces a solid “line of type.” Introduced about 1886, it was used for generations by newspapers and general printers. It is a one-man machine that allows much faster typesetting The machine revolutionized newspaper publishing, making it possible for a relatively small number of operators to set type for many pages on a daily basis.

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Gunfight at Ingalls

On September 1, 1893, a posse organized by the new U.S. Marshal, Evett Dumas “E.D.” Nix, entered the outlaw town of Ingalls with the intent to capture the gang. Three of the fourteen lawmen carrying Deputy U.S. Marshals’ commissions would die as a result of the battle. Two town citizens would also die; one killed protecting the outlaws. Of the outlaws, Newcomb was seriously wounded but escaped, and Arkansas Tom Jones, the killer of the three deputies and one citizen was captured.

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It houses more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. The facility boasts the most extensive collection of American rodeo, photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies in the world. The Museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West, including the hardships and rough life of taming and living in the western United States, and its effects on people living there. Source Wikipedia

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Oklahoma City National Memorial

We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity. Oklahoma National Memorial Website

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Marquis James Digital Story

On September 16, 1893, the greatest land run in the history of the state took place. More than 100,000 eager land seekers raced for claims. The former Cherokee Outlet developed into an important agricultural area with wheat as the major crop. There likewise is extensive cattleraising. Petroleum production and refining are also significant economic factors.

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Oklahoma Digital Stories

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The Wagon from Stillwater

On a late hot summer night of August 31, 1893, an armed wagon of deputies left Stillwater headed on their ten mile journey east for Ingalls, Oklahoma. At the head of the wagon on horseback rode US Deputy Marshal Tom Hueston. Tom Hueston, had been pursuing the Doolin-Dalton gang since late November of 1892.

The Wagon from Guthrie

The second wagon, dispatched from Guthrie was well down the trail by mid afternoon of August 31st.  The overnight journey would take the travelers into the depths of the Doolin-Dalton gangs’ hideout; a place where the devil rode the wind and the sun baked in and among the thickets of cowboy flats, where lay in hiding, the desperate outlaws of Oklahoma.

Gunfight at Ingall’s

The sun was at mid morning and cast forward the shadows of thirteen deputies standing, and staring into the unknown vigilance of what breaks a man’s bravery into fear. The fear that rushes into the heart of mans adrenalin; the fear that quivers into the thought of uncertainty, reluctance and doubt. Each man holding his own rifle, each man forecasting what might lay ahead, in the town of Ingalls.


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