Monday, August 1, 2011

65 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

Center for Digital Storytelling

Creative Educator- 4 articles on digital storytelling
Digital Directors Guild- assists educators with their digital storytelling projects 
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom- from Microsoft Education

Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators- 120 page pamphlet (download) written by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)

Making Stopmotion Movies- information on how to create stopmotion and claymation movies

Tech4Learning Blog- lots of wonderful posts regarding ways to tell stories, including claymation

Aniboom- animation studio

Animoto- create video slide shows

Big Universe- for younger children

Blurb- prices start at $10.95 (small book) discounts on quantity orders


BoomWriter- students write a book together; class gets one free copy (free shipping)

Chogger- create comics

ClassikTV- create a movie by adding subtitles to old movie scenes

Creaza- suite of creative tools, including cartoonist, movie editor, audio editor and mindmaps

DigiTales- create 3-5 minute stories from these types: living memories, beyond words, itza wrap

Do Ink- create Flash-style animations using a "simple and friendly vector editor

Domo Animate- free animation website offers characters with dialogue, backdrops and special effects

Glogster- drag and drop text, images, audio, video drawings and more; premium edition has no ads

Google Search Stories- uses YouTube, so if your school blocks it you're out of luck

Kerpoof- make movies, cards, drawings,pictures, tell stories; for grades K-8; site also has lesson plans and teacher tools.

Lightning Bug -assists students in writing a story from finding an idea to finishing the story

Little Bird Tales- for very young children

Make Beliefs Comix-writing tools, lesson plans, printables

My eBook- create novels, comics, magazines, brochures

My Story Maker- for younger kids; interactive digital story creator

Myths and Legends- online digital storytelling site

Our Story- create a collaborative timeline

PicLits- students are given a picture with a list of keywords to inspire them to write a story about that picture

Picture Book Maker- create an online children's book

Pinball- helps students get started with ideas which are bounced around

Projeqt- visual storytelling

Shiddoni- create an imaginary world with animals

Simplebooklet- create online newsletters, presentations (education version)

Smilebox- mix photos, videos and music into a multimedia presentation

Stage'd- create animated comics

Storybird- "short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read and print

Storyboard Template-choice of different templates

Student Publishing
- "Publish individual student stories or have them each contribute to a classbook."; resources for librarians, teachers and parents; many FREE projects.

ThumbScribes- online collaboration of poems, short stories, fiction, novellas

Tikatok- for younger children

Voice Thread- group conversations around images, documents, videos; Voice Thread in the Classroom.

What-if Questions Genie

Widbook- create, collaborate and share books

Xtranormal-create online movies using their characters who speak what you write for them; $$

ZooBurst-create a 3D pop-up book
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  1. Frameographer - is a great iPad/iPod/iPhone app to create stop motion digital stories. Started messing around with it this week and I'm loving the ease of use of it so far.

  2. Here's 2 other links that might be helpful too:

  3. Thanks, Tom. I've edited my title to say "60 Sites".

  4. What a wonderful list of tools! Also check out GoAnimate4Schools. EXTREMELY easy to use! Can get a free teacher license with limitations or full school district at a cost. Very intuitive. Check it out!

    If you haven't seen Tech4Learnings Frames this is another extremely simple tool to use. My special ed kids pick it up right away. Here are some samples my students have made and some resources that I share on my wiki.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. there is also VUVOX. it's free and it makes great interactive timelines/slide shows.
    i wrote a little piece on it, if you want to know more:

  6. I'm so happy I found your blog! Please keep it up.

  7. Hope you will add to your list of storytelling resources. Thank you.



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