A while back I did a post on top sites for Digital Storytelling. This has been a skill that is being taught in school districts all around the world, and is a key for developing technology literacy. With the recent wave of mobile devices and technologies, a giant step has been taken in how students develop these skills (via touch screen) in a brand new way.
- Toontastic - A wonderful free iPad that allows
children to create animated cartoon stories. They can choose from stock
characters or draw their own while animating them and recording their voice for
narration. Also, Toontastic's built-in story arc takes students step-by-step on
how to create a story.
- i Tell a Story - A excellent free iPad that works
very similarly to how Garageband creates a podcast. A user uploads a photo and
then can record their voice for narration while adding stock sound effects.
- Voice Thread App - A great free iPad/iPhone app that
compliments the Voice Thread very nicely for storytelling. A user can manage
their Voice Thread account as well as make digital stories by uploading photos
and drawing/recording their voice.
- Story Patch - An iPad app ($2.99) that is ideal for
digital storytelling. A person can create a story from scratch or use one of
their well-designed templates to complete all the parts of a story.
- Sock Puppets - A free iPad/iPhone app that is a lot
of fun for kids to create animated stories. This is done by selecting your sock,
background, and props and then recording your voice as the socks talk.
- Art Maker - A wonderful free iPad app that allows
children to create a digital story from scratch. A user selects their
background, characters, and props and then moves them around the screen while
- Puppet Pals - A excellent free iPad app that lets
users create a story by adding characters or their own photos to a selected
background. Once the scene is a setup a person can move the characters around
while recording their voice.
- Storyrobe - A fun little iPad/iPod/iPhone app ($.99)
that allows a user to upload a photo and then record their voice for
- Strip Designer - An app ($2.99) similar to Comic Life
for the iPad/iPhone/iPod. A user can create a digital comic by selecting a
layout, adding pics, and then stickers and speech bubbles to enhance their
- Comic Book - Another digital comic creator app
($1.99) for the iPad/iPhone/iPod that is similar to Strip Designer. A person
selects their layout, adds their photos, select some effects/stickers/speech
bubbles for their finished product.
- Written by David Kapular