What's Your Story?: Digital Storytelling Apps


David Cruz    david.cruz@peelsb.com       @dcruz22

Ed Rego     ed.rego@peelsb.com               @ed_rego

James Cash   james.cash@peelsb.com   @cashjim




Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.  With the free version you can create 30 second clips, select various backgrounds or choose your own, and  finally export your Gami as a video, text message, Tweet it or as an email.

Install Tellagami for iOS    Install Tellagami for Android

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This app helps children create digital stories in a fun and engaging way. They can choose built-in characters and settings or make their own (by taking photos 'on the fly' or by importing images from the camera roll). Students animate characters with their fingers and the app records their voices so the story can be told. The app produces a video that can be saved independently of the app.

Student Example: Reading/Fluency Artifact for an ePortfolio

Shadow Puppet Edu

This app is similar to Adobe Voice and more appropriate if students already have a number of images saved on the camera roll and want to quickly tie them together into a story with narration. It also features a simple draw and text tools, plus zooming. There are 30 built-in idea templates to help you get started. Plus, it saves the video to popular social media platforms or to the camera roll.

Install Shadow Puppet Edu for iOS

Student Example: Social Studies Inquiry


Take an ordinary image and add hotspot links to make it interactive. Add words, images, videos or hyperlinks. Works as a web tool or as an app on iOS or Android. (Video below is for web tool but app works in a similar way.)

Install ThingLink for iOS     Install ThingLink for Android     Visit ThingLink web site

Student Example: Road Trip Across Canada

Adobe Voice

Easy enough for JK/SK students to use but made for any age, Adobe Voice helps children to quickly build stories quickly with their voice, background music, pictures, various formats and publish a video that can shared online or to the camera roll.

Install Adobe Voice for iOS

Explain Everything

This is not a free app ($2.99) but it is probably the most versatile app used in classrooms. This app has all the functions of a slide presentation app, interactive whiteboard app, a screen-casting app, and more. It can help students create multimedia presentations, digital stories, videos, animations, 'how tos', explanations of concepts, annotation of resources, PDFs, research documentation, resource curation, and more.

Teacher Example: A Book Review of 'Arthur's New Puppy'


Canva is both an online tool and free iPad app that allows students to create a professional looking poster, advertisement, infographic, and graphic designs. There are some free images but most pictures that the tool offers cost per use.

Install Canva for iOS    Visit Canva web site

Book Creator

Even though this app supports the creation of genuine EPUB standard eBooks, this app is also just a wonderful creation tool for students to write electronic books on an iPad. The app supports the creation of very simple or very complex books so it can grow with your students' needs and is usable from early primary level. The free version only allows for one book to be created; the paid allows for unlimited books.

Install Book Creator for iOS       Install Book Creator for Andriod


The iMovie app now comes pre-installed on all iPads. It is an excellent tool for creating videos from other videos, images, music or assembling clips 'on the fly' ('Movie' mode). It also features a 'Trailer' mode which frees students from editing video clips and lets them add their own content to a template in order to create a Hollywood-style movie trailer. Planning templates are available for students to plan their content in advance of making their trailers.