Digital Storytelling Links

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Create movies and slide shows from photos and videos—right in your classroom. You can use either Windows Live Movie Maker or Photo Story.

The Digital Directors Guild

is a project designed to help teachers develop digital storytelling projects for their classrooms. The Digital Directors Guild offers sample projects and teaching resources for all grade levels. The resources page of the Digital Directors Guild contains information regarding all stages of digital storytelling project development.
If you've never tried digital storytelling, the Digital Directors Guild offers good advice on getting started. The getting started advice includes directions for using free video editing software. The Digital Directors Guild also provides samples of finished projects.


is a free service for creating animated videos. Without downloading any software or having any special skills, Memoov allows users to create animated videos up to five minutes in length. Creating an animated video with Memoov can be as simple as selecting a setting image(s), selecting a character or characters, and adding dialogue.
Memoov offers users a wide variety options that make it stand out amongst similar services. Memoov allows users to customize the appearance of the characters in their animated videos. On the dialogue front, Memoov gives users the option to record their own voices for use in their videos. Users can also upload pre-recorded dialogue in MP3 format. Memoov users have the option to add background music to their animated videos.

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  • Easily create animated movies online.
  • Choose the scene, character, expressions and much more.
  • Add your voice to any character.
  • Add a number of different effects.
  • Browse and watch users created videos.
  • Similar tools: GoAnimate, Xtranormal and AniBOOM.


is a fun new collaborative storytelling website. Storybird makes it easy to create and tell stories digitally. Students and teachers can create stories together by combining imaginative artwork and text. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared in an online library with the world. “Storybird promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence.” Creating, sharing, and reading Storybird stories is free.

Integrating Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom

Resources, links, rubrics, student examples

Action Stations

This book shows teachers and students the what and the how of digital storytelling and the exciting world of video for media literacy. You can read more about the Digital Storytelling book or purchase a copy through our online bookshop.
There are resources and links on this page too.

My StoryMaker

My StoryMaker is a free, easy-to-use, Flash-based interactive story development platform developed by The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, with the generous support of Carnegie Mellon University and The Grable Foundation. The basic idea is that you start by selecting characters and a goal:
You are then presented with a basic editor (with a handy talking “Story Helper” guide present at all times):
and you start creating the story by adding characters, items, objects, settings & dialog (some of which is automatically generated):

external image moz-screenshot.jpgYou then simply drag, drop and arrange the items you want, adding dialog and pages, etc., until your story is finished. When you are done, you can choose to “share” your story, which generates a unique six-digit number that can be plugged into the StoryMaker main site and retrieved! But wait, it gets better … you can also choose to PRINT the finished story, generating a wonderful, colorful, foldable custom book! This is just too cool! It could be used for SO many language arts projects. Best of all, the interface is highly intuitive / extremely simple and no registration is required - just visit the site and start creating!

Digital Storytelling Lessons Learned

Digital Storytelling with Photo Story

video in the

Why Integrate Video Production in the Classroom?
external image blooms_taxonomy.gif1. Student engagement. Too many students in urban cities are dropping out. Engaging students early and providing positive experiences with school can help to hook these students before they leave.
2. Student achievement. Every classroom has a few students who are below grade level. Traditional teaching is not working for these students. These students need teaching that appeals to different learning modalities. Teaching as usual is not working.
3. Higher level thinking.The revised Bloom's Taxonomy puts creating at the highest level. Most traditional teaching asks students to memorize and recall information whereas filmmaking asks students to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources, decide how to illustrate that information, and make decisions about presentation.
4. Media literacy. I would say that filmmaking is the language of the 21st Century but truly it's the language of the 20th Century and schools are just now catching up. Students are exposed to media images on increasingly smaller technology devices and are given very few tools in traditional schools to comprehend and think critically about these images. By creating media, students understand exactly what goes into constructing media messages by constructing them themselves.
5. Closing the digital divide. Lower income students, in particular, have more limited access to technology and technology teaching which asks them to use the computer in ways which are not simply remedial. “Economically disadvantaged students who often use the computer for remediation and basic skills, learn to do what the computer tells them, while more affluent students, who use it to learn programming and tool applications, learn to tell the computer what to do.” (Neuman in Conte 1997)

Digital Storytelling
This web page showcases digital stories created by Phoenix College art students.

A wiki with examples, tools and other useful links

The Digital Narrative
A Lightning Bug Resource introducing story writing through digital media - Media Library, Teaching Method, resources
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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
from the University of Houston

Enhancing Students' Learning Experiences Through the Use of Digital Storytelling
From the Pathfinder Project - articles and links to image and music sites

A Guide to Digital Storytelling
From BBC Wales

Jason Ohler Home Page
Articles and information about digital storytelling

Digital Storytelling with Tamaki Today

A Thousand Words - Storytelling and Editing

Digital Storytelling Carnival #6

Welcome to Digistories, a wiki all about creating and sharing digital stories.
The following links will take you to some examples of digital storytelling in action. They begin with the use of simple voice recording and move through some of the more popular software applications to the use of online applications. A number of the pages that follow include links to support notes.

Digital Storytelling
An ISTE wiki with information, resources and links

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
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. However, as the name implies, 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. And 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.

A wiki with a lot of links re storytelling

Digital Storytelling - Part I

A blog post by Langwitches

Digital Storytelling with Web Based Tools

Learn how to tell stories using web-based tools such as VoiceThread. This hands-on session will focus on using free, web-based global storytelling and collaborative tools.

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Digital Storytelling can be done using audio podcasts, slideshows, videos, photo essays, webpages, comics, even a wiki. There are many tools that can be used to compose digital stories, some are software based while others are web based solutions. Information about the various tools can be found on the Digital Storytelling Tools page.


Open discussion on Web 2.0 storytelling

This website provides specific examples and strategies for creating electronic, educational, experiential, and engaging scrapbooks!
Scrapbooking is the practice of combining photographs, memorabilia, and written narratives, poetry, quotations, stories, or other textual content into a scrapbook style album. Technology has expanded the techniques available for producing, duplicating, and distributing scrapbooks.

Digital Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroom
February 2002 article
Digital Director's Guild
Resources for Digital Movie Projects
Key Digital Storytelling Web Sites
Creative Narrations

Digital Storytelling Resources
Digital Storytelling for Educators
Digital Storytelling
Web English Teacher
Digital Storytelling
From Shambles
Digital Storytelling Resources
Meg's Digital Storytelling Resources
This is a collection of resources to help educators create powerful digital stories. Explore the examples to better understand the ways people are taking the ancient art of storytelling to new and exciting levels with powerful digital tools.
How to Create a Digital Story
A Hotlist on Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling is the blending of the age-old art of storytelling and the power of new technology that is easy to learn and use. Using available technologies and software, students can create and tell stories using text, audio, and images creating a deeper understanding for themselves as the author and greater emotional connection for the audience.
Teach Digital Curriculum by Wes Fryer
Literacy with ICT - Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling
Creating Your Photo Story
Creating a Digital Story in iMovie
Digital Storytelling Links
Digital Stories
Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling Resources via Alec Couros & Twitter
@pcwoessner sent me to David Jakes’ excellent Digital Storytelling resources.
@CherylDoig offered Jason Ohler’s resources.
@lloydcrew sent me to the Images4Education site, and a great article by Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine.
@cheritoledo offered a link to the Center for Digital Storytelling.
@clintlalonde sent me to his long list of Delicious bookmarks tagged as digitalstorytelling.
@plowenthal linked to a techheds podcast on digital storytelling.
@sammora sent me to the resources at Montclair Public schools and their digital authoring initiative.
@MagistraM led me to Langwitches blog and the various resources offered there.
@bcdtech offered her Diigo list/digital storytelling category.
@jorech sent me his Wikispaces page with a long list of resources.
@shyj offered her list of Delicious bookmarks tagged on the subject.
@barbaram sent Krystal her wiki of resources on storytelling and other activities.
MtnLaurel offered her Diigo collections of resources.

Browse Stories
Streetside Stories
AP World
Photostory 3 Examples
Examples of Digital Storytelling
Examples of Digital Stories
Leadership with Technology
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