What is digital storytelling?

"Digital Storytelling" is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity. The term can also be a broader journalistic reference to the variety of emergent new forms of digital narratives (web-based stories, interactive stories, hypertexts, and narrative computer games). (Wikipedia)

Some thoughts on Digital Storytelling:

The Digital Narrative - Telling Your Story
50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story - by Alan Levine
StoryKeepers - be sure to check out all of the wonderful links on the left navigation bar
University of Houston

Digital Storytelling Tools for Younger Students


Little Bird Tales - An easy and fun way to create digital stories. We have a school code for login - check with your librarian or technology integration specialist!
Story Jumper - Students can create digital story books; a classroom edition is available
My Story Maker - A fun site for creating stories best suited for upper elementary students; create from pre-existing characters, but there are lots of options!
Tech4Learning's Pixie3 - A software program for early childhood entry into storymaking
ZooBurst
Storybird for Schools
Domo Animate

General Digital Storytelling Tools


Animoto - Create presentations with photos, videos, text, and music
Go! Animate 4 Schools
Myths and Legends - Students create their own digital myths and legends; NCS is registered
Museum Box - Fun way to present a topic
Glogster - Students can create digital posters