What I love about digital storytelling is the opportunities it offers children to express themselves and communicate with an audience. If that interests you, why not check out some of these tools I believe will work well for you and your kids? Collaborating over a story means you're supervising your kids online, as well as giving them an opportunity to learn from you.
Discover ways of making comics online and activities to sneak lots of learning into the sheer fun of creating a comic in my new booklet, Using Comic Editors with Kids.
PowToon is an online business presentation software tool that allows you to create free, cool, and awesome animated video explainers as an alternative to using powerpoint
Kids choose an avatar and record their own voice speaking through it.
Upload a photo, record yourself and animate the mouth so it looks like the pic is speaking.
Even though experts tell us it's best to start with the words, not focus on the technology when we're teaching kids, technology can be just the motivation kids need to create something. I believe the fun of using a tool can be reason enough for kids to devise writing to present with it.
"Turn Your Static Photos into Living, Talking Masterpieces."
Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author. Perfect for teachers, students, business people and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.
Rich feature set:
• Set backgrounds and import your own images
• Support for multiple pages as well as undo and redo
• Save videos and images directly to your photo album
• Built-in support for sharing via Dropbox, YouTube and email
App Store Best of 2013! Sago Mini Doodlecast is a unique drawing app that records your voice as you draw. Capture every stroke, word and giggle. Perfect for children ages 2-6. Play back your drawings and share them with friends and family.
Sago Mini Doodlecast comes with more than 30 drawing prompts – simple questions designed to inspire your child’s imagination. Choose a prompt or start from scratch. The app records the entire drawing process along with audio from the microphone to create short videos. The videos are as fun to watch as they are to create.
The best digital storytelling app just got even better!
SonicPics makes digital storytelling fun and easy! Turn your photographs into narrated slideshow movies to share with your family and friends!
Once you are finished, you have an enhanced m4v movie with your images synchronized to your narration. You can share your recording with your family and friends.
- Create and narrate custom photo slideshows.
- Records your voice while you flip through your images.
- Automatically synchronizes your images to the audio recording.
- Publish your recordings to YouTube, share to your computer via wifi, save to your photo library, or email to your friends.
- Present your stories on the big screen using video out while recording or to watch recordings.
- Make .m4v movies of your images and narrations from your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad.
NEW: This update includes PRO and unlocks 5 photo limit; however, it includes watermark on output video. To remove watermark, upgrade for 99 cents while it last!
NEW: Now you can export videos from PixnTell directly into FocusTrain (a fully hosted, completely managed training cloud).
Every pix has a story...tell yours!™
PixnTell adds your voice to your pictures and creates a personalized video you can share on Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube, FocusTrain or email.
Now only one app upgrade for $.99
Create videos with up to 70 photos (5 photo limit removed). Also you can add blank slide between photos with text (similar to a Power Point of Keynote slide).
How to use PixnTell:
1. Choose photos from your library or take photos with PixnTell free version; up to 70 photos with in-app upgrade $.99 which removes watermark 2. Arrange photos in any order you wish. 3. Record your message as you swipe through the photos. 4. Turn photos and voice recording into a video. 5. Share with friends via Facebook, YouTube or email.
You can create fun and interesting videos using only your iPhone from anywhere. Relax your inner comic, show everybody the great storyteller you are, have a blast!
ToonToolKit could certainly be used by older primary/elementary aged students upwards to tell a digital story. I think they will enjoy the range of characters and the different poses available in each character. Consider using it with your students if they need to get a message across with more than words, or if your kids are looking for a new way to engage with an audience. Read more in Children's iPad App, ToonToolKit by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
One thing I love about the iPad is that kids can use multiple apps to create content.
App + App = even more ways for students to become engaged in creating and expressing themselves. Today I'd like to tell you about how kids can use an iPad and a couple of different apps to tell a story and create a little comic. I'll share my own creative process in the hope it may help. The apps I used: ToonPAINT-HD and StripDesigner. Read more at The Book Chook.
The process of creating a presentation with 30 Hands is simple. Once children draw on a slide, take a photo/video or add an image/video from the Camera Roll, they can then edit the order images are in, and record audio for each slide. The resulting creation can be added as a video to the Camera Roll. Read more at The Book Chook.
Haiku Deck puts its emphasis squarely on story. Their catch phrase is: "Set your stories free with Haiku Deck" and their logo is an origami paper crane. There's a wealth of meaning in both. It's not just an app for children - I can see how it would be useful in a huge range of situations. But it certainly has potential for educational use. Read more at The Book Chook.
I love finding apps that encourage children to create something. Here's a great app that encourages kids to talk via an image. Read more at The Book Chook.
I love to find ways for children to create and express themselves, especially when that involves putting their thoughts into a digital story. My Story - Book Maker for Kids is an iPad app that facilitates creating with photos, voice, stickers, drawing and text, resulting in an ebook that can be shared various ways, including to iBooks. Read more at The Book Chook.
The most important thing is that kids will love this app! Superheroes (both girls and boys) and monsters are represented with a variety of stickers, and the developers have caused them to make fun noises when tapped. The app worked well, and I loved the variety of templates, patterns and colours for decorating. Read more at The Book Chook.
Tell About This is an iPad app from the same developers as Write About This, an app I reviewed last year. It has a similar format to Write About This, and gets my coveted Book Chook Feather of Approval because it encourages children to create and express themselves. Read more at The Book Chook.