Digital Storytelling:
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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. Digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.
Create a digital story that models what you would ask of your students using any of the digital story telling tools listed below and post it to your personal website. This would be a good time to create something related to your Unit of Study! If you are not using a digital story telling activity for your Unit of Study, these are excellent tools for integrating technology in your instruction.
The tools listed below are not listed in any specific order or priority. Please find a tool that works for you and your computer! If you find difficulty posting your digital story to your website, please consider posting the file to your RIEPS folder (open RIEPS, select RITTI online course, and select RESOURCES. Find your name and upload the file to the folder).

  1. * PC only program Photo Story: Free! Use digital pictures and voice narration to create a movie. Tell a story, recite poetry, practice vocabulary, showcase research, etc. Note: Photostory is a PC platform only and requires the latest version of Windows Media Player. Photostory Directions (PDF).
  2. *PC only program MovieMaker:Free! Use video clips, digital pictures, music and voice narration to create a movie. This software can use both video AND digital photos. More complex than Photo Story but offers additional options.
  3. Storybird: Read, create and write stories.
  4. Imovie.....Mac
  5. Zooburst: is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.
  6. Photopeach... PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds. Photopeach also supports background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
  7. Voice Thread: is audiovisual tool that gives users the ability to upload images or video files and then add audio or text comments.
  8. Kerpoof: is a site that provides a variety of creative tools for animation, drawing, and movie creation. Users can choose from a range of preset characters and environmental options, or they can create their own. The site offers drag-and-drop simplicity coupled with advanced animation and editing capabilities that, according to Lovely, open the platform up to a range of curricular applications.
  9. Animoto: An automated presentation generator that focuses on using images to communicate a message.
  10. Empressr: unique digital stories online. Very easy to use. Add video, images, audio and easy to embedd the show on your blog or website.
  11. Yodio. Record your photos and voice to create a digital story
  12. * Geared for Primary grades Little Bird Tales: a child's voice and imagination with Little Bird Tales creative story building tool and share them with friends and family.
  13. Showbeyond:Create multimedia digital stories/ slidecasts with showbeyond. Add image, text, sound and format your images as well. Share on your website or blog
  14. Flip Cam Video: A Flip Cam is a hand held video-capturing device that makes recording and editing video simple. Remember the old bulky camcorders? The Flip Cam fits into your pocket and takes surprisingly good quality videos that can be edited and shared in minutes. Simply select the red record button, download the video to your computer with the integral UBS port (no cords necessary!), edit the video using the integral software, and then share the video via email, You Tube or a link posted to a website. Prices range from $100 - $200 depending upon storage space and HD capabilities. On the fence about purchasing a Flip? Check out: 43 Interesting Ways to use a Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom, written by Tom Barrett
  15. If you are a Mac user, use any of the equivalent tools Apple offers.
  16. Blabberize, is an example of a digital storytelling tool. You have already been introduced to this tool in Week 1. Please select a different tool to explore this week.
  17. Characters: is for very young children. Create a character from the options and even write a line or two about the character. Print out the page and use it to conference with the teacher, creating a verbal story about your character.
  18. Scratch: video game creation for students. Check out LearnScratch for tutorials.

*If you would like to use a different tool not mentioned here, ask your Trainer for that option.
*If you have time, check out, a safe place for students and teachers to share their videos online.
*VideoStoryboard.pdf HINT: when asking students to create digital stories, using a storyboard first is helpful.