video creation

Q3 Multimedia Story

18. Digital Storytelling
18.Q3 Script for the animated video below


Planning a Multimedia Digital PSA Story

Now that you know the characteristics of a PSA, you and your partner(s) will bring your earlier (cartoon or infographic) PSA to life with multimedia, or if you were rockstars with the first one in Quest 2, select a new topic and use a different type of media. This Quest focuses on the use of multimedia elements (audio, video, and blended media). Check with your teacher if you plan to change your topic.

I Can Statements

  • create a digital story using online resources
  • ​evaluate different multimedia resources
  • create a PSA Message
  • create, access, evaluate, collaborate and share digital stories
  • create an audio and/or video file


Remember to create a powerful PSA that meets the list of PSA characteristics  (reference


1. Review the rubric as you work on your PSA. 

PSA_rubric.doc or PSArubric.pdf

Create a Concept Plan

2. Create a concept plan. This is similar to planning a movie scene where you plan the script, action, music if any, props, scene, etc.  (conceptplan.pdf, conceptplan.doc, gdoc file)


  • Each team member should create one concept plan for the topic selected, filling it out as you imagine it. Remember to keep it to the point and simple as you only have 60 seconds maximum. This might be five or less frames.

  • Meet together, and present each of your plans to your group or partner.

  • Combine the best of your ideas into a final plan and share it with your teacher for feedback.

Media Folder

3. Media Folder: Create a folder (in a shared folder space if possible) and begin collecting the files you plan to use (images, photos, video clips, sound recording, text on a slide or in a word processing document). Name each with an appropriate filename, add the filename to your concept plan document and explain how it supports your PSA message.


4. Requirements: Keep it 30-60 seconds long (check with your teacher for alternate lengths) View this example using blendspace PSA-Good Hygiene 

5. With your group or partner, select an application to use for your multimedia PSA and gather additional resources (images, sound files, video links...) needed and create your PSA following the directions. Determine with your teacher which of the application options listed can be used with the equipment and resources available to you.

  • Animation - Go to Animoto which does require you to create a free account that lets you create a 30 second video animation.
  • Audio - Explore the Vocaroo application.

Note: Requires a microphone, headset with mic, or other recording device (mobile). Record and upload recordings online with a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook. App recommendations for iPads are provided.

  • Blended media - Explore two applications to blend different media together. (BlendSpace and Sway)

Completing Your PSA

6. Using one of the three choices you will be completing your multimedia PSA, have another group watch it to provide feedback, referring to the rubric as they watch it, and write a reflection document to turn in.

7. The following steps are listed on each of the pages showcasing the options provided above:

  • Complete your multimedia PSA and have another group watch it to provide feedback, referring to the rubric as they watch it.
  • Discuss the feedback in your group and make any modifications or improvements as needed.
  • Collaborate with your partner or group and prepare a 2-3 paragraph reflection on: 
    • something you each learned from this activity
    • three tips you would give to another group beginning to work on this project
    • how can you use this type of application in the future or for other classe

8. Check with your teacher on how to turn this in. 

Completing this Quest

You have completed and turned in your multimedia PSA assignment and reflection as directed.

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.