Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling engages students in reading and writing.  It provides a captivating alternative for demonstrating knowledge.  The skills learned in digital storytelling can be transferred to many subjects including: math (demonstrating word problems), science (illustrating scientific concepts), history (illustrating time periods), and language arts (storytelling).

Here are some of my favorite digital storytelling sites:

Art of Storytelling – This site allows you to :

  • Experience a Story: Listen to stories, read and view pictures inspired by our collections created by visitors like you.
  • Tell a Story: Become a storyteller as you write and record a story inspired by works in the museum’s collection.
  • Picture a Story: Create your own work of art using objects and characters found in some of the museum’s most noteworthy paintings.

The Picture a Story provides a great tool for telling a digital story.  First, students choose a genre of story that they want to tell, next they choose a famous painting background for their story, students add characters (also from famous works of art), props, and then tell the story.  In the tell the story section, students type out the story. When done work can be shared via email.  Students can also take a digital snapshot of their stories for their digital portfolios or to print out.

Blurb – Make your own ebook.  Upload photos, artwork, and/or text.

Bookemon – Allows you to make ebooks online for FREE.  No obligation to buy.  You can share ebooks with others.

PicLits –  Lets students choose a picture and then draw from a word bank to create a sentence or story to accompany the picture.

Animoto – The free version of Animoto lets students create 30 second videos that combine images, songs, and text. It combines them all for an impressive presentation

ZooBurst – ZooBurst lets students create virtual 3D pop-up books.  Even better, it lets students print out a special marker and view their popup book augmented reality style as it comes to life using a webcam!

Myths and Legends – Very impressive website!  The story creator lets students combine pictures that they create with images that they upload, sound, and words to create a digital story.  The stories can be saved, printed, and shared.

Kerpoof – Learning through creativity!  Using the “Tell a Story” tool students
can choose a storyline, characters, items, text.  Save, print or take a snapshot
when done.

With Little Bird Tales students can upload their own artwork, record their voice, add text and email their finished creations to family and friends.  This website does require an email address for verification purposes.  This can be a parent or teacher email address (the site is geared for 3 to 14-year-old children so a student address is not necessary).  Little Bird Tales includes a built-in art pad where students can create pictures online.  They also have the option to upload photographs and images they have created offline.  Each page give students a place to add a picture, text and voice recording.  Finished books can be saved and accessed online or sent via email.

My StoryMaker – Create an animated story, choosing your own characters, scenes, items, and motions.  Write the actual story then share with others.

Creaza – Suite of web-based creativity tools.  There are four tools in the Creaza toolbox that will help your students organize knowledge and tell stories in new creative ways.  Mindomo is the mind mapping tool.  The mind map topics can contain media files, links, and text.  Cartoonist is a cartooning tool that students can use to create multimedia stories.  Cartoonist can be used to create comic strips or more personal digital narratives.  The finished product can be viewed online or printed out. Movie Editor helps students produce their own movies based on Creaza’s thematic universes, video, images, and sound clips.  Audio Editor is a tool that allows your students to produce audio clips.  Students can create a newscast or an interlude for a presentation.

Picture Book Maker – Online picture book creator.  The illustrations look hand drawn with crayon and can be adjusted to fit the story.  All of the characters for the story are animals.  This is a simple tool.  There are not a lot of options in regards to backdrops and characters but that is great for the younger students.  When the book has been completed, it can be saved to the gallery, sent via email, or printed out.

Graphic Novel Creator – Students can create their own multi-page graphic novels with interesting backgrounds, characters, props, and customized text.  The graphic novels can be saved and printed out.

Stage’D – Digital tool for creating animated comics.  Students can choose characters, costumes, animations, set design and provide characters with dialog.  When the 3D comic has been saved, it can be emailed or linked to with a unique url. NO email required so prefect for students!

The Zimmer Twins –  Edgar and Eva Zimmer are 12 year old twins who appear normal but have developed psychic powers.  Strange things began to happen when the twins adopted a black cat named 13.  On the Zimmer Twins website, students can create their own cartoon movie endings to a story starter or create their own animated movie from scratch.  Students can create and edit movies solo or “Collab-o-write” and work together creating a collaborative movie.

Storybird – Free Class accounts to manage students without emails, create assignments, and build beautiful libraries.

Lightening Bug – For each stage of the writing process, students will have access to guides and resources to aid the process.  Students can get help finding a story idea, developing the idea, and finishing the story.   Lightning Bug has a great collection of writing resources.  Students can explore author blogs, search for character names, get some exercises in creativity, get help with grammar and spelling, and even get help for publishing their written work.

Word Tamer – Neat site for learning the process of developing characters,
settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive
journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the
carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their