How to make your own

There are four steps to creating a digital story, which we describe below. For further details, please see our resources pack.

Step 1: Mapping

Create a mind map about the child: what they like, enjoy, dislike, and the things they find more challenging. Talk to parents and staff to gather a range of views. If the child is able to communicate their views, theirs should be the dominant voice.

Step 2: Filming

Using the ACoRNS digital stories “I am..” framework, plan where you will take your videos. The focus is on environments and activities that are meaningful for the child. Once planned, take some video clips of the child over a few weeks or months using small wearcams, a video camera, or a tablet PC.

It’s best to try and keep clips short (30 secs – 2 mins), as this will make it easier to find the shots you want to include when editing. Longer clips may also be too large to upload to web-based video editing platforms.

Store video footage securely, ideally on a password protected device.

Step 3: Describing

Use the mind map and the video footage to describe the child in short statements from their point of view based on the digital Stories ‘I am…’ framework. Your story should try to capture the child’s perspective, using “I am” phrases like the one shown in our example stories.

Step 4: Editing

Use the ‘I am…’ descriptions to select video clips that best show the characteristics or behaviours of the child. Write a plan for which clips you want to use for each “I am” phrase, including which files each clip is in and the start and end times of the clip. Try to present the views and perspective of the child as meaningfully as possible.

We recommend using Adobe Premiere Clip for creating the videos using Android/iOS mobile devices or tablets, and Adobe Spark if you would prefer to use a desktop. Both programs are free, though you will need to create an account using an email address and secure password to use them.

We’ve created some tutorials to show you how to use Adobe Spark and Adobe Clip to create your videos.

Adobe Spark Tutorial
Adobe Clip Tutorial

And here are the videos we create as part of the tutorials:

Example story made using Adobe Spark
Example story made using Adobe Clip