An Update on Digital Storytelling

A great article from Edutopia:

An Exercise in Digital Storytelling

To engage my 11th-grade English students during the 2020–21 school year, I created a digital storytelling unit. Whether they attended school in person or remotely, it was a success. Students were able to explore various frames of reference, identify a personal story to share using digital media, and experience empathy throughout the process. Digital storytelling has a permanent place in my classroom.

Read on…

We’ve written several articles on digital storytelling that can extend your understanding of this tool|

Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools

10 Tips for Digital Storytelling You Don’t Want to Miss

And, here are some webtools you may find useful:

  1. Adobe Spark Video–digital stories that blend images and audio into a video
  2. Adobe Voice–Show your story; free
  3. Bluster–word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding for school-aged children (app)
  4. Book Creator
  5. Book Writer--write books on an iPad; view in iBooks (fee) (app)
  6. Comic Book!(app)
  7. Create a story
  8. Draw a Stickman–draw the main character of your story; the site turns it into a choose-your-own-adventure story, asking you to add detail. (app)
  9. Little Bird Tales–upload drawings, add student voice to them–K, 1 best
  10. Newspapers, posters, comics—learn to create
  11. Pixton–use their storytelling layout (picture at top, text at bottom)
  12. Puppet Pals – Create simple animated stories with puppets and even yourself!
  13. Shadow Puppet EDU – make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, & document learning (app)
  14. Shutterfly Photostory–self-published student books (app)
  15. StoryBird—-storytelling with art–beautiful
  16. Storyboard That–use their storytelling layout (picture at top, text at bottom)
  17. StoryJumper–build a book
  18. StorySpheres–text on 360 degree photos
  19. Sutori–use a variety of multimedia; fee/free accounts
  20. VoiceThread (app)
  21. WeVideo Digital Storytelling Kit
  22. Write About This–writing prompts for students (app)

Lesson Plans

  1. Digital Quick Writes
  2. Digital Quick Stories

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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