Class 6: Tell Your Digital Story

Featured image by Nong V on Unsplash

Today’s class will look at two different digital storytelling tools – Microsoft Sway and Adobe Creative Cloud Express. Each app is web-based and can be used to create visually striking single page website.

Students will receive some basic instruction in both apps. Then they will break into groups to explore both apps and make sample webpages with each. Finally each group will design and present a comparative analysis of output and ease of use of both apps.

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is free. As long as you have a Microsoft account, you can use Sway. (Student will use their UP Microsoft account.)

Here’s a sample Sway created by Dylan Hite ~ 2018

Here’s a Sway from Lauren Nakashima ~ 2019


More student work using Sway



Adobe Express

Adobe Web Page is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Express suite. Students should sign for a free account. Then click + and navigate down to “Web Page.”

Here’s a Adobe Web Page made by Braelyn Higdon ~ 2020

Where I'm From

Here’s one made by Emma Cromwell ~ 2020

My Page

More student work using Adobe Express


Assignment 6 – Tell your story: “Where I’m From” | Stories 22A-6

In the poem, “Where I’m From,”  George Ella Lyon tells the story of her youth in Kentucky.

Note: I have used the WordPress “Verse” block and set the font small.

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded —
leaf-fall from the family tree.

Use the poem as inspiration for your digital story of “Where I’m From” using either Sway or Adobe.

First “write” your story, then use your preferred app to illustrate it. (It does not have to be as long or artistic as the one above – but have fun with it and make it personal.) 

It should have a title that starts “I’m from (something artsy).” Be sure to put your name in the subtitle.

Your WordPress post should include:

  • Featured image (could be image used your story)
  • A post title that is the same as your digital story
  • The “text-only” version of your story 
  • Your embedded digital story 
  • What you liked about the app – why you choose it.

How to get an embed code

1. First get the embed code from your Sway or Adobe.
2. Then copy embed code and paste into WordPress “Custom HTML block”

How to get Sway Embed code – click share then get embed code
How to get Adobe Embed Code

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