Digital Storytelling the short form


Of all the ideas that have been rebranded and rebuilt to fit into the 21-century, I think my personal favorite is “digital storytelling.” First, because I always like storytelling, and second because in very real, usable ways the digital age has added to what we think of as literacy tools.

Websites like:

Storybird, gives students a chance to craft and share great fiction with professional illustrations.

StorylineOnline  Nothing is going to replace the literal metacognitive connection established when you read out loud to a kid, but this is a great source of wonderful actors reading awesome picture books aloud.

Vocaroo records your voice. So does SeeSaw, and Voice Recorder on Chrome.  There is real pedagogical power in a kid listening to themselves read.


If you’re more likely to work without a script, the digital world has options you may want to consider bending to your will.

5 Frame Stories are a nice way to explore the structure of a simple narrative.

50 word stories are a great short range target that opens a door to student led conversations about word choice and editing.

The web sometimes seems filled with programs that land somewhere between toy and tool. They are worth knowing about.

Adobe Spark is not designed for classroom use, but it is a great way to make quick, classy narrative videos free.

The Smithsonian has a new webpage for teachers full of great sources and resources just waiting for people to discover and make meaningful too.


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