YST Digital Story Project

Talent Inspiration Programme 2014

Welcome to TIP's online resource for digital storytelling. This page contains the information you need to turn your TIP workbook into a digital story. Once stories are created, you will have the option to share your story with the Youth Sport Trust and their partners. Please keep reading!

What are digital stories? Digital stories are short, first-person accounts that use mixed-media (photographs, videos, illustrations, text, voice recordings, etc.) to tell a story.

Why create digital stories? Creating stories can be a fun process - it's a way of remembering an event, making sense of an experience, or exploring an important moment in your life. Some stories you might decide to keep to yourself, other stories are meant to be shared. Digital stories combine visual and audio elements to tell stories that are dynamic, engaging and easily shared through online platforms.

How do I create a digital story? The workbook you used during TIP was designed to help you get started telling your story. Tell any story you want! The only guideline for this project is that (1) stories are created by young people about their lives (the stories should be about you, your experiences or your goals and not about other people... except as they relate to you!) and (2) stories should have some connection to sport.


One page 4 of your workbook you were asked to capture key memories from TIP using a few prompts (hopes, fears, quotes, key messages, others). Could one of these be the basis for your story? Think about it - stories should have a beginning, a middle and an end (or a 'what next?' - not all stories are complete). You could tell the story about why you decided to participate in TIP, the story about what you hope to accomplish after living TIP (and why you set that goal), or the story about using one of the skills you learned at TIP. Here are a few worksheets that might help you get started. Think about (1) who are the characters in the story? (2) where and when does this story take place? (3)  what happened? why did it happen? and what happened next?

It can also be helpful to think about the tone or emotions conveyed in your story.


A story board is an outline of what your story is going to be. You can make a simple story board by dividing a piece of paper with a vertical line and then several horizontal lines - each box will be one frame or 'scene' for your story. Think about the text (either written or spoken) that will accompany each scene and write what photos, drawings, videos or other visual content will illustrate that scene. Here is an example:


How you put your story together will really depend on the types of media you decided to use. If you are using mostly digital photos and a bit of written text then PowerPoint works well. iMovie is great for video clips or for combining videos with photos. Here are a few ideas and tips for tools you can use:

If you decide to draw or collage: Scan your drawings or take a photo with a digital camera. See examples of digital stories using drawings and collages:

To use images and written text: PowerPoint or Keynote work well to combine images and text. See example:

To use video: There are a number of video editing programs but iMovie works particularly well to combine video, photos and audio files. See example:

Tips for using PowerPoint:

  • Create your story using a different slide for each frame
  • You can add 'Animations' to your slides - for example, photos or text can be set to appear one at a time
  • Use 'Transitions' to set the timings on your slide show so that it plays through without you having to click to advance the slides
  • You can add an audio file to a PowerPoint when you 'save as a movie' - just use the advanced options to add 'background soundtrack'
  • IF YOU DO NOT USE ANIMATIONS - you can 'save as a movie' (under 'File')
  • IF YOU DO USE ANIMATIONS - because animations are not saved in the movie format in PowerPoint the simplest way to convert a file with animations into movie format is to use QuickTime Player to do a screen recording. Start QuickTime, play your slide show, stop slide show, stop QuickTime and then 'trim' the ends of the new movie file in QuickTime.

Tips for Voice Recording:

  • There are many voice recording apps but Recorder Plus is a free app for iPads and iPhones that is simple to use. It allows you to make a recording and then share it via email, iTunes sync, or over a wireless networks.
  • Other options include the voice recording feature in Quicktime Player.
  • If your voice recording is a single track, it is simple to add it in PowerPoint as described above.
  • If you have multiple voice recordings or what to split/trim the audio track then try using iMovie.

NEED HELP? EMAIL ANDREA AT 'a.bundon@lboro.ac.uk' to receive technical assistance creating your story.


The Youth Sport Trust are working with a researcher at Loughborough University (Andrea Bundon) to collect stories about sport by young people. These stories will be used to advertised YST programs and also shared on a YouTube channel created for the project. To find out more about having your story included in this project contact Andrea at a.bundon@lboro.ac.uk

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