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Digital Storytelling Tools Sequel

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” By Robert McAfee Brown

A few years ago I wrote a blog post on Tools for Using Digital Storytelling in the Classroom and a lot has changed in digital learning so I wanted to do a sequel. Many of the tools in the first digital storytelling post I still use along with Digital Storytelling with Tellagami App. Below are a few more I have added to my FREE Digital Storytelling Tool Kit.


ChatterPix Kids: Is a user-friendly app that allows students to chose a picture and make it talk in 3 easy steps. One take any photo, two draw a line to make a mouth, and three record your voice. (They also have a ChatterPix for students that are 13 and up).

Imagistory: Is a wordless app where students become the creator of the story based on the pictures they see. It is a great way to see if they have mastered plot diagrams.

Storehouse – Visual Storytelling: Is an app that allows you to use picture to create a story. It is a great way for students to present using just pictures and let them show mastery of the content.  I had a student app smash using ShowMe and Storehouse and present (explain) on how to multiply and divide fractions only using pictures….now that shows true mastery!

Adobe Voice: Is an app that records your voice, imports pictures, and allows you to write text to create a short video.


Google Story Builder: Is a great collaborative web tool that can be used in so many ways. One of the students favorite ways I have used it was updating the old school “story carousel” where you start a story and then pass the paper to a classmate after two minutes and repeat a few times and see what the story ends up as. Instead of passing the paper, the students do it collaboratively in the document.

Storyjumper: Students can create ebooks for free. (If you want it as a hard cover book, that is when you have to purchase)

Fodey: The site isn’t visually pleasing but it gets the job done. Create a newspaper articles using this site.

Dvolver Moviemaker: Using avatars create a story and turn it into a movie.

Both App and Webtool:

Make Beliefs Comix: Who doesn’t love creating comic books! This is a simple user-friendly

Please add in the comments your favorite FREE app/webtool for storytelling so we can add it to the toolkit.

Digital Storytelling with Tellagami App

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” By Clay P. Bedford


Tellagami is a newer Apple and Android the allows you to create talking avatars. Similar to Voki’s you can have students create and show their knowledge. Tellagami is simple, user-friendly and FREE!

Steps to creating a “Gami”

1. Click on Create

2. Chose your character, emotion and background

3. Record or Type your message.

4. Save and Share

Here is my “Gami” message for you:

As my Gami stated, this is a great App to have students demonstrate mastery of skills but also integrating technology and 21st century skills seamlessly. Having students explain their knowledge allows for higher order thinking. I like that you can either type your responses  or record  allowing you to differentiate. Creating Tellagami’s infuses Common Core:  Speaking and Listening Anchor Standards along with other Common Core and/or Essential Standards efficiently. Here are my top 5 ways you can use Tellagami in your classroom:

1. After reading ________ (fill in the blank book) have the students create an avatar that looks like the character summarizes the book.

2. Have students describe a vocabulary word and use it in a sentence.

3. Create avatars to read their poems

4. Create an avatar that looks like them and explaining any concept that you are working on such as rock cycle, simple machines, adding and subtracting fractions etc.

5. Create avatars to persuade the audience (Ex: voting for a candidate)

I would love to hear how you use Tellagami App in your classroom, please share in the comments.

Tools for Using Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

“I know only one thing about technologies that awaits in the future: We will find ways to tell our stories with them.” By Jason Ohler

Digital Storytelling is an important 21st century skill we need to be teaching in our classrooms. What is digital storytelling? According to Leslie Rule from Digital Storytelling Association, “Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.”

Digital Storytelling can happen in any subject area and can be done using multiple technology resources. It is a great way to have students use all 4C’s for 21st century learning because the students are communication, critically thinking, collaborating (if done with partners) and creating. The most important piece about teaching Digital Storytelling for students is making sure the students are focused on the content, not the technology. To help with this, I suggest using the writing process of brainstorm, drafting etc. You can also use story maps, scripts and storyboards to guide this process as well. Below are FREE (I like free being a teacher) Apps and Web 2.0 tools I use in the classroom for Digital Storytelling.

Apps you can use for Digital Storytelling:

ScribblePress: Four of my favorite things about this free App is that it is user-friendly, has templates you can choose from for the younger students but you can also create from scratch for older students and you can use the art work given to you, draw in your own or use real pictures. The students can publish to iBooks too!

Voicethread: I like this App because it is also web-based too! Students can create digital stories but then others can comment on it as well bring in global learning.

Zooburst: I have been using Zooburst this year because a student introduced it too me. You can make 3-D pop-up books and they now have an app!! Yea!

PuppetPals: PuppetPals lets students create their own animated stories. It is very user-friendly. It is free but only lets you have a few backgrounds and characters but  for $2.99 you can get all of the. You can save the videos to your camera roll and then upload them to different places such as You Tube.

Sock Puppets: This apps is similar to PuppetPals but the characters as socks puppets. It is user-friendly as well and you can save to You Tube.

ShowMe: Is an interactive whiteboard that many teachers use but students can create stories with it too. The app records the drawing process along with audio to create videos that you can use for digital storytelling with authentic student drawings!

iMovie:  Students can create their own movie story and even make a movie trailer for their story!

Toontastic: Great app that students can use based on a story plot/map. Students record voiceovers telling their story.

Web 2.0 Sites you can use for Digital Storytelling: You can use these sites many different ways but one way is for students to create their own digital stories!



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Another easy way you can incorporate Digital Storytelling without web 2.0 tools or an App is by having students create paper slides. All you need is a recording device and paper! The students can draw out their story and then tell it while taping themselves with an iPad, flip camera etc.

To Read More About Digital Storytelling Check Out These Resources:

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity. By Jason Ohler

How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom By Jennifer New

Storytelling – It’s News

I would love to hear what others do in their classrooms or what you use for Digital Storytelling! Please share in the comments.

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