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Web Tools for Teachers: Digital Storytelling

There are a lot of great digital storytelling tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:

Animoto– Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text.

Creaza Cartoonist– Cartoonist is an online tool to create cartoons or personal digital stories, consisting of professional backgrounds, characters, props, images and text.

Digital Films– Unleash your creativity and make your digital film for free! Choose a background scene, characters, animated actions, dialog, introduction, and ending credits. Put your name as the producer and email the movie to your friends!

Dvolver Movie Maker– As it turns out, people have a lot to say, and they like to say it with animated characters. So, we’re happy to oblige.

Fakebook– “Fakebook” allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.

Fodey.com– Generate an assortment of digital expressions such as newspapers, clapper boards, and talking animals.

fotobabble– The ultimate personal e-card.

Vyond (formerly GoAnimate)– GoAnimate is the world’s #1 do-it-yourself animated video website.

HUE – (Formerly iCreate)– While stop-motion animation is the core concept powering iCreate’s software and app, the true value lies in the hands-on creation, simple user-interface, and cross-curricular integration — three elements that make for a learning experience that’s meaningful and fun.

Little Bird Tales–  Little Bird Tales was created to help nurture children’s creativity and imagination while simultaneously creating one of-a-kind digital stories that can easily be shared.

Make Beliefs Comix– Create your own comix strip- It’s easy and fun.

Mapskip– MapSkip makes the world a canvas for our stories and photos.

My Story Maker– Simple digital story maker.

Pixton– Pixton introduces the world to Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new patented technology that gives anyone the power to create amazing comics on the web.

Stop Frame Animator– Stop frame animation is a way of creating movement from still objects. Have a go with our free online tool.

Storify– Tell a story with Twitter.

StoryBird– Make, read, and share visual stories.

Storyboard Generator– You can choose a script and create a storyboard. Try building your own storyboard using background location photographs.

StoryJumper– StoryJumper is a place to create and discover stories for kids.

Time Lapse Creator– Create your own time lapse photo stories.

ToonDoo– ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for kids.

Voki– Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character.

Zeega- Zeega is a new form of interactive media, enabling anyone to express themselves by easily combining media from the cloud. Make the web you want.

Zimmer Twins– The Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. Since 2005, the Zimmer Twins has invited children to create and share their own animated stories.

Zopler– Zopler is a social network where writers, teachers and students can easily collaborate on writing stories together as a group.

Digital Storytelling Downloads

SlideStory– Tell a story, share your photos, narrate in your own voice.

Help Build the Toolbox

If you know of other great digital storytelling web tools, please share them in the comments below.

Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbcurio/6892949788/

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Kushagra Gour June 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Tolks.io (https://tolks.io) – A new way to create stories/conversations online in a dead simple way.

Amiee March 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

Very surprised Little Bird Tales is not on this list! They have awesome tools, real creativity and provide huge support for teachers, with easy to create/share lessons and even have many ready made common core aligned lesson plans.

tracilangford October 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

I think the Tellagammi is a neat idea. Reminds me of the avatars on the wii fit that you create for your self. I think I could use the Creaza Cartoonist in my class. The students could write a story and use pictures and words to tell the story. I think they would find this more fun than writing on paper. I would also see using the Tellagammi the first days of school as a way for each student to introduce themselves and tell us about them.

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