As a writer and someone who’s interested in graphic design, I’m always on the lookout for digital storytelling tools. They’re not just useful for exploring new ways of creating fiction; they’re also useful in presentations. Stories are engaging and they’re usually much more memorable than a dry exposition of facts and concepts. In the next few posts, I’m going to explore some digital storytelling resources that can be incorporated into a presenter’s toolkit. Google Search Stories is one of these.
The technology (or what are my powers?)
When you enter the Google Search Stories Video Creator site, you’ll have the option to watch a video example or go straight to video creation.
Step 1. Write
When you use Google Search Story, the plot’s literally the search you create. Although you only have seven fields to enter search terms into, this actually takes some thought. You will be able to see a preview of the search display that will be visible with each set of search terms and you can fine tune your search terms until you get the display you’re looking for. You can also vary the search collections you search from (e.g., to search from the web, images, news, blogs, etc).
Step 2. Add music
After you’ve created a search strategy that gets across a point you’re trying to make, you can add music from a limited selection of audio clips.
Step 3. Preview & Upload
The last step is to preview your product. You can always go back and edit your search terms, search sources, and your audio. When you’re finished, you can upload your video to YouTube. (If you haven’t previously created a YouTube account or Google Account, you have the option to do this here as well.)
A video tutorial taking you through this process is shown below
In a previous post, I described some considerations for making storytelling part of presentations. Google Search Story is an easy way to create short attention-grabbing videos to introduce a topic. One thing to bear in mind is that content goes by QUICKLY so you want to keep your search ideas simple, build on previous searches terms, vary your search displays, and end with the bottom line you want learners to remember. Google Search Stories are really teasers for further discussion; they’re not meant to create very deep stories.
Here are examples of two different videos I created for health literacy month.
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