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The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge is back and
there are some great prizes in store for organizations with the most creative,
compelling, and entertaining stories.
However, before we can talk about prizes or even sending
submissions, we need to cover how to create those digital stories.
Fortunately, TechSoup’s generous donors offer the following range
of tools to create powerful digital stories.
Adobe: Adobe products aren’t just for creative
professionals — with a little know-how you too can make powerful digital images and videos. Use
Adobe's Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop Elements to refine photos or create motion graphics. Or try Adobe's Creative Suite 6 Production
Premium to add visual effects and edit your videos. Still not sure you have what
it takes to tell your story with Adobe? Then
check out these tips from nonprofit, Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Citrix Online: Do you work within a distributed
work team? Then tools like GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, and GoToWebinar from Citrix Online let you share your desktop and
collaborate with your creative team. You can use Citrix’s webinar tools to
teach your team how they can contribute to digital story development. If
you’ve never created a digital story with a distributed team, then read this recap
how some well-known nonprofit storytellers do it.
Flickr: You’re probably already familiar with
Flickr's features such as the ability to upload from anywhere, tag photos, create
sets, and create or join groups. But are you aware of the extra tools available
through Flickr Pro? Flickr Pro gives you unlimited photo and video uploads and
storage. You can even discover your best photos by looking at your image stats.
Use your most powerful images to create galleries that you can post to your
website or social media channels.
Microsoft: If you’re solely using Microsoft
products to create written documents and presentations, then you’re just
scratching the surface of what’s possible with Microsoft. PowerPoint 2013 can be
used to create image slides and animations
like nonprofit Trickle Up did. You can also use Visio 2013 to make dynamic diagrams and
charts for your story.
ReadyTalk: ReadyTalk’s web and audio conferencing
tools let you stay connected with your digital storytelling team and supporters.
Work with staff and volunteers wherever they are to provide training or share
drafts and elicit feedback. And when you’re done, use ReadyTalk to share your
story with your audience.
Esri: Show where your organization is making an
impact or how its impact has evolved with Esri. Use Esri’s geographic
information system software to create maps that tell your story. With
GIS tools, nonprofits have been able to identify homeless populations in San
Diego, plan public utilities in small, underserved communities in Ohio, and
track food bank services to low-income neighborhoods in Texas and California.
SAP Crystal Reports: Make your charts and yearly
reports jump off the page when you make them interactive and animated with SAP
Crystal Reports. Upload your data and use SAP Crystal Report to add animations,
upload video and more. Tell your organization’s story through dynamic reports
that can be embedded on your website.
As you can see, TechSoup and its donor partners have a lot
of digital storytelling tools to offer. So pick your tools and get started!
And don’t forget to stay tuned for more digital storytelling
how-to’s on the TechSoup blog.