9 Creative Storytelling Tools

Here are 9 more tools that can be used for digital storytelling. Descriptions are courtesy of THE Journal.

Popplet – “Popplet is a virtual mind-mapping tool that allows users to create digital mind webs by embedding content from the internet. The app features bright colors and clean design, and can nudge students along as they create their own narratives by serving as a brainstorming tool. “Some teachers use it to frame a story they have read, but I love the idea that [students] can map out their writing,” Bellow said.”

My StoryMaker – “Colorful characters (think pirates and little blue men), whimsical props and scenery (think cotton candy and lightning storms), and an endless number of ways to put them together make My StoryMaker Bellow’s favorite web app for youngsters. “My StoryMaker lets you scaffold what you’re doing with the app,” Bellow said. “For instance, if you have two characters–a witch and a genie holding an apple–you can click on the genie and say ‘give,’ and the app will write, ‘The genie gives the apple to the witch,’” Bellow explained. “But what I love most about it is that you can actually alter the story in any way you want. You can incorporate vocabulary words and all sorts of material.” Full disclosure: it’s kind of fun for adults, too.”

StoryLines for Schools – “Described as a “game of ‘telephone’ with pictures” on the iTunes store, StoryLines for Schools encourages students to develop stories collaboratively. One student types a sentence on the mobile app before passing it to a classmate, who illustrates an interpretation of the sentence. A third student describes the sketch, and so forth. Bellow recommended that StoryLines for Schools be used as a “story-planning app” rather than a “story-creation app.””

ZooBurst – “ZooBurst brings stories to life through virtual 3D pop-up books. Students write scripts, record videos and voiceover, and arrange characters and props by uploading original artwork or selecting items from a gallery of more than ten thousand free images. They can then watch their work, animated, on screen. But the app’s real trick is an augmented reality QR code that, when held up to a webcam, sends the scene into the room. As the characters dance in front of students’ eyes, they can turn the pages with the motion of their hands. “Every teacher that sees it gives it an ‘ooh’ and an ‘ahh,'” Bellow noted.”

Sock Puppets – “An homage to those endearing creatures from the pre-iPad era, this mobile app lets students record their own dialogue to be acted out by–you guessed it–sock puppets. Features like drag-and-drop scenery and a voice modifier that adapts a speaker’s tone of voice to a character make it a great tool for younger kids learning the foundation of story, Bellow said.”

Meograph – “Criswell commends Meograph’s method of “four-dimensional storytelling” by adding time and place to stories. “I think the multi-modal digital timeline that is connected visually with geography is very powerful,” she said. Users construct geographic “Meographs” by embedding content, hyperlinks, pictures, and videos onto map-based timelines.”

XtraNormal – “In-depth animations and dozens of stage directions equip students to become mini- moviemakers by choosing everything from the accents of their actors to the number of camera angles in their films. Bellow recommends the tool for middle and high school levels.”

MentorMob – “An easy way to think of MentorMob is to envision “an eBook with the steps being the chapters,” said Kristin Demidovich, MentorMob’s communications director. The web tool allows teachers to aggregate content in sequential steps by organizing lessons and supplemental learning materials into “learning playlists,” compilations of videos, articles, and uploaded files such as PDFs or images that are “easy to learn from and share,” Demidovich said. Learning playlists can be tailored to individuals, groups or classes, and come with a feature that allows teachers to choose whether or not the content can be edited privately or publicly as a class. Learning Playlists can then be embedded in blogs or Edmodo, or shared with other communities.”

Storybird – “Art and story entwine in Storybird’s virtual stories. Students can create narratives by dragging and dropping illustrations from artists chosen by the site and writing text on the page. They can select imagery either by theme (such as “forest” or “home”) or by artist. Once the story is complete, it reads as a full-screen novel. Criswell personally recommends the app for her teachers.”

Source: THE Journal, 9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again

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  1. Hi Kristin
    Love this list and previous post about digital storytelling sites! Earlier today I wrote about Digital Storytelling Apps to use in the language classroom. Currently, my favorite one is Educreations but there are several others with different pros and cons. Felt Board would be easy for young language learners to use.

    • I actually saw your post too Cynthia and Educreations looks awesome! I actually tried to comment on the post but I don’t think it worked for some reason… I think I am going to have to get an iPad now!

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