Digital Story Critique (2)

Secret To Success – YouTube

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Feb 21, 2007 – Uploaded by btcidareu

Eric Thomas speaks to young college students at Michigan Student University about having a desire for …

My Digital Story is told my Eric Thomson who is a motivational speaker for corporations and higher learning institutions. Eric was raised in Detroit and struggled through life, overcoming many obstacles. With a belief in him-self and an understanding his own value, he has been able to raise himself up, to be highly successful in the motivational speaking business. Eric has also achieved at the highest levels in education earning a Ph.D.

My Critique

I chose these traits in my Rubric because you must possess traits to be successful in telling a Digital Story.


Digital Story evaluation: 10 points each
Digital Craftsmanship Command of the media? Was the use of media appropriate, supportive of the story, balanced and well considered? I really liked his presentation and how the video was spliced and put together. There is a longer version (14 minutes) that is very motivational as well. Having several cameras creates an illusion of high quality craftsmanship. The use of the media was appropriate and it supports the story that Eric Thompson is a motivational speaker for corporations as well as educational settings.

Points: 10

Audience Engagement How well did the story capture and keep audience engagement? Was the level of interactivity appropriate to the story being told.  

Great! The audience seemed to be fully engaged with is presentation, and at times interactive. It was an appropriate story for the age group, which was first and second year college students.

Points: 10

Originality, voice, creativity How creative was the production? Did the presentation exhibit an original sense of voice and a fresh perspective? Overall, it was very creative, and the story line is engaging and keeps the listeners attention. The voice and passion for the subject came through  in the presentation, and offered a new fresh perspective about what it takes to be truly motivated.

Points 10


I thoroughly enjoyed the short video presentation and felt it is perfect to help motivate students from middle school and beyond. My only issue with the presentation is when Eric Thomson tells the students that they will need to be able to go days and days without sleeping and eating to be successful. It is true that passion can take over all aspects of our lives, We must also take care of ourselves and get enough sleep and proper nutrition to be successful as well. .

Final score 30/30. I highly recommend this video to any teacher who is looking to motivate students.


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