I have had students create digital stories in the past. This is the first time that I’ve created one myself. I couldn’t think of a story and then I saw my friend Susan at school. She was coming to pick up her boys. I thought to myself, there is my story. I called Susan that night and asked for her permission to tell her story. She met with me the next day and gave me details about her cancer and her treatment. I wrote and recorded a whole digital story with all of that information. I was watching the news clip when she was talking about her gifts and I then realized that was my story. She had personally given the gift of dance to my daughter and her own children. So I rewrote and this is what we have today. The only problem I feel the story has is my voice. I have been sick and it isn’t quite back to normal. I think before I give Susan this story, I will rerecord it when I feel better.
I feel this story meets several aspects of the Personalization Principle. I tried to keep a conversational style dialogue. I tried to convey feelings through my voice, unfortunately not sure it came across due to cold.
Here is Susan’s Gifts.