Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music.

Follow these simple steps and you are off on a grand story telling adventure!


Storytelling is also an ancient form of teaching.
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Before books or reading and writing became widely spread and available, oral storytelling was the only form wisdom and knowledge of the people were passed down from elders to children.

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PicLits.pngPicLits- This is an all time favorite of mine, PicLits lets students choose a picture and then draw from a word bank to create a sentence or story to accompany the picture.

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Domo Animate-
This is very good story animation tool. It gives students so much flexibility and freedom in telling their story, the results are amazing!

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Comic Master is an interactive Web 2.0 tool that allows students to easily create their own comic books/graphic novels

Welcome to the Zimmer Twins

The Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. The Zimmer Twins lets kids create and share their own animated stories. Kids love to hang out at this site. Give it a try!

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This was the "gold standard" for K-12 digital story telling! What are you waiting for? Jump in and check it out. The's free ...of course!

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A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

external image Xtranormal.png Xtranormal Almost in a category of it's own, this tool provides you al of the tools a movie director would have to select a set, actor sound effects, etc and create a movie made from only the dialogue text you type into the tool. Generates a movie you embed and you can then export directly to YouTube.

external image Glogster.png Glogster Create posters with images, video, audio (uploaded or recorded) and apply a wide range of text effects. Be sure to see Glogster/edu for education related
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Vocaroo - quickly record audio on the web and then get a variety of sharing options.

Voki - create talking avatars with your voice or through text-to-speech

Fotobabble - record up to 5 minutes of audio and publish with an image

Audioboo - Web 2.0 & ipad app that enable s quick voice recording and sharing.

SoundCloud - record audio from your computer & upload to SoundCloud, or use your iPad. Share & comment on sounds

external image Screen+shot+2011-02-15+at+8.45.18+PM.pngLittle Bird Tales is a nice site intended for younger students to use to create digital stories. Little Bird Tales walks users through each step of creating a multimedia story. Users can upload images, draw images, or record from their webcams. Stories can be written with text or narrated by students using microphones connected to their computers

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Myna is a free web-based audio track mixer created by Aviary. Using Myna you can mix together up to ten tracks to create your own audio files. The sounds you mix can come from the Myna library, your vocal recordings made with Myna's recorder, or audio tracks that you upload to your Myna account. Using Myna you can record and save podcasts. You can then publish them to a free host like Blubrry.

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For a quick and easy way to create simple videos from pictures, sound, text, and existing video clips try Animoto. Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, and text. In the last year Animoto has added the option to include video clips in your videos too. If you can make a slideshow presentation, you can make a video using Animoto.

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ZooBurst is an exciting free service for creating digital stories. ZooBurst allows users to create 3D pop-up books using nothing more than public domain clip art and ZooBurst's web-based editing tools. Users can view ZooBurst 3D books in augmented reality by enabling their webcams (click webcam mode) then clicking the ZB button present on each story