Creating video or audio can be a great way to create instructional or research materials. There are also more and more instructors assigning media-based projects to their students. Although an exciting and effective tool, working with audio and video takes time and resources and should be planned carefully.
See the following resources for more information on creating and using audio:
- Using Digital Audio (PDF, 101 kb)
- Digital Audio Recorders (PDF, 35 kb)
- Compare Portable Digital Audio Recorders (PDF, 43 kb)
- Digital Audio Basics with GarageBand (Macintosh) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Digital Audio Basics with Audacity (Windows) (PDF, 279 kb)
See the following resources for more information on creating and using video:
- Using Digital Video (PDF, 87 kb)
- Edit Digital Video with Final Cut Express (Macintosh) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Edit Digital Video with iMovie (Macintosh) (PDF, 3.3 MB)
- Edit Digital Video with Movie Maker (Windows) (PDF, 732 kb)
“Digital Storytelling” Assignments
Cameras are in nearly every phone. Tools for recording and editing audio and video are getting cheaper and more ubiquitous. Collaborative sites make it easy to post and share files. Network access is getting faster for more and more people. All this means that more people can make and distribute their own multimedia work.
Programs such as iMovie (Mac) and MovieMaker (PC) come standard with new computers and can make creating short video clips easier than ever before. GarageBand and Audacity are also free and work specifically with audio.
Because audio and video content is so much easier to create, more instructors are assigning “Digital Storytelling” projects to their students. This term has been coined to mean any assignment that involves the production by the student of a video or audio presentation that captures spoken words, rather than written.
For more on information on "Digital Storytelling" see: