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Vuvox: a tool for digital storytelling

Vuvox is a tool for creating multimedia collages. You can use it to create digital stories or interactive presentations.

The technology (or what are my powers?)

When you register to Vuvox, you gain access to the Collage and Express tools. The Express tool will essentially create a gallery view of media from an RSS feed. With the Collage tool you have more control of the presentation of assets you choose. (There’s also a Studio version of Vuvox that’s in Beta. I won’t go into it here, but when you feel you’re comfortable with Vuvox, try it out. It will give you more background style options.)

The collage tool allows you to save images to a media library and access them as you create your collage by dragging and dropping to a canvas. You also can obtain image cut-outs (images with transparent backgrounds) from an existing library of images and/or search Flickr, Picasa, or SmugMug for images.

You can manipulate images that you’ve added to the stage by:

  • rearranging them (you can modify order, size, and rotation)
  • forming layers
  • cutting away or masking background elements
  • creating interactive hot-spots, linking portions of an image to media (e.g., videos), text, or external websites
  • adding text and soundtracks

Vuvox provides some helpful videos to get you started:

When you’re finished with your collage, you can publish it. You have the option to make it public or to leave it in draft form, which essentially keeps it private.

Instructional strategies

Vuvox allows you to use a collection of media assets to create a story. Learners can play a presentation or can scrub the playhead to move at their own pace through a collage. You can add text to pose questions or challenges, describe concepts, or present scenario choices. You can also link to interactivity (e.g., in external websites via the hotspot tool) and you can include video to demonstrate procedures or to introduce different viewpoints on a subject.

Learners also can use Vuvox as a digital storytelling tool. Since I’m taking ds106, a digital storytelling course, I thought I’d use it for the first assignment (I’m about a week behind in that course, but the beauty of an open-course is that it’s guilt-free, right?). We were tasked to create a short short story (about 30 seconds) about something that happened to us as a way of introducing ourselves.

My story’s here: The waiting silence (yes, it’s an experimental work). If this was a self-hosted site or Blogger I’d be able to embed it. I don’t know if there are better approaches to creating a digital story, but I noticed that it helped me to collect assets as I was writing versus writing the story and then trying to find images that fit.

I encourage you to experiment with Vuvox. It’s a versatile tool that can create some sophisticated presentations and stories. Check out the gallery for more examples. One of my favorites is: Saving Donna’ s brain.