5 Ways to tell a Story Digitally to Motivate Students and Improve Teacher Knowledge of Students

Descriptor: Have a great story that you would like to tell? Would you love to learn how to create a nifty slide show or video using your iPad, your laptop, or desktop computer? In this interactive session participants will use a variety of media tools for both PC and iPad to create a digital story. Increase student motivation and improve knowledge of students by learning more about them when they write, storyboard, record, and share their authentic digital story.



The State Standards expect that children across the grades can write for three specific purposes:
1. Opinion pieces that persuade a reader and make an argument
2. Informative writing that explains an idea and relays information
3. Narrative stories of real or imagined events.


What is digital storytelling?

Digital Storytelling takes the ancient art of oral storytelling and engages a palette of technical tools to weave personal tales using images, graphics, music and sound mixed together with the author’s own story voice.

***If implemented well, digital storytelling encourages higher level critical thinking skills as students must use all aspects of Bloom's Taxonomy to master the project.***


Steps to Creating a Digital Story:

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling


5 Online Tools to Help Create Your Story Digitally:

1. Storybird - This free site allows teachers to create an account and invite students so that projects can be monitored. If you simply decide to allow students to create their own accounts, which is what I did, they can send you the link to their project. Students take ownership in selecting their illustrator's artwork and developing their written work as an author. These beautiful books can also be printed to share.

2. Animoto - is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.

3. UtellStory - is a free multimedia storytelling and sharing community. It allows you to create and share stories. The story can be a simple image or a combination of multiple images, video, audio recording and background music to engage your audience and make an impact.

4. Meograph - is a digital storytelling tool that enables users to create a digital story that uses a timeline, a Google Map, images, videos, and your narration.

5. VoiceThread - is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.


6 Apps to Help Create Your Story with an iPad:

1. Toontastic  - is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world.

2. Explain Everything - is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer.

3. VoiceThread - is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.

4. Puppet Pals - offers an easy way for kids to create and record their own storytelling scenes and develop fun voice-acting skills.

5. Sock Puppets - lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

6. 30hands - A fantastic user-friendly iOS app for creating a story by adding a narrations to photos. Also has an excellent video tutorial to help users create a story.



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