Digital Story for Portfolio

The final option for a component in your portfolio is a digital story. A digital story can mean a lot of different things, but it is typically a slideshow or video that combines multiple forms of media, such as music, images, video and/or written text. As with all of your portfolio items, the topic of your digital story can be whatever you would like. However, I would like you to take into consideration the following criteria.

Evaluative Criteria

  • Your digital story should say something. It should tell a story, have a point, or make an argument. It should be designed to have a rhetorical impact on your audience.
  • Your digital story must include visual images (still photos or moving video) taken by you or someone else..
  • Your digital story must include some alphabetic text written by you–the amount amount, as well as where and how you locate it within the story, is entirely up to you.
  • Your digital story must include an audio component, which might be spoken word or music written/composed by you or someone else.
  • You must include a slide/image that cites your sources, which might include images or audio used and/or sources consulted for written content.
  • Your digital story should be between 2 and 5 minutes. Five minutes is the maximum length.


I would like for you to use Windows Movie Maker because it is available on all of our classroom computers. However, if you would like to use a different program (like iMovie or something else), please check with me in advance.


Students in my course from last year created multimedia texts, some of which might qualify as a “digital story.” Though their assignment was slightly different than yours, these might give you some ideas to get you started.

Peer Review

Instead of receiving feedback from me on your draft digital story, you will share your draft online with 3 of your peers who will give you feedback, and you will respond to their draft. I will give you more detailed instructions for this process next week.


I prefer that you post your video to YouTube (as public or unlisted). However, if you’re having trouble posting it to YouTube, I will accept the Windows Movie Maker completed video file. The final draft of your digital story is one component that you could consider including your digital portfolio.



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