Digital Storytelling Tools

Technology offers a multitude of ways for students to tell stories with images and sound. Online tools allow students to publish their stories and share them with an audience. Desktop tools allow students to build rich stories that can be shared through portable media and presentation.

What is Digital Storytelling?

Jennifer Dorman explores the topic in her wiki resource.
Here's her presentation:

Telling a Story Online

We will use Showbeyond - because it allows you to add images and 30 seconds of audio for each slide. The finished slideshow can be shared or embedded elsewhere.

However, there are more than 50 ways to tell a story, as illustrated by Alan Levine in his quest to find 50 (or more) ways to tell a story. This is a great resource that you can use for finding tools to do exactly what you need to do with images online.

Other Ways to Tell a Story

Primary Resources

Primary Access

  • Select images and write.
  • “Loop” step 1 with teacher input and feedback in the form of guided questions
  • Narrate.
  • Apply Motion.
    (via Jennifer Dorman)

Other Primary Resources

(My resources on Delicious tagged PrimaryResources)

    Desktop Tools


    Photostory 3 for Windows XP is a free download (Incorporated into Movie Maker for Vista)
    IMovie for MAC - using photos from iPhoto


    Upload finished movies to a video hosting site. My favorite is, where you can control privacy and comment moderation on your own video channel.


    1. Create a digital story using Showbeyond, with 5 slides and audio.
    2. Embed that slideshow on your wiki page. Add how you would use this with your students.
    3. Work on adding the use of images and media to an existing lesson plan. This will be due the last week of class.
    4. Upload images, create, and embed a show from Animoto.