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Digital Storytelling Tools

Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos - in minutes.

Buncee | Create, Present and Share Engaging Mutlimedia Lessons

Buncee is fun and easy web tool for educators and students to create and share engaging multimedia presentations, interactive lessons, digital stories, and more

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software -- it's simple, beautiful, and fun.

Pixiclip

Pixiclip's web-based whiteboard makes it easy to create and share sketches online

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

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

Prezi - Presentation Software

Prezi designs and creates presentation software that is enabling millions of people to be great presenters.

Qwiki for iPhone: One Tap Storytellling

Create amazing interactive stories in minutes - with nothing more than your iPhone.

Stories On Stix

A fun way to stimulate creative writing ideas. All ages will enjoy the challenge of writing stories from
the ideas generated on the stix (Who, What, When, Where & Details). Save stories in the library or e-
mail to friends. Stories on Stix can be used for individual, partner, or group writing activities.

StoryKit

Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life - on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train - to do something creative together.

To create your story:

  • Write some text.

  • Illustrate by drawing on the screen, taking a photograph of something you see, or drawing on paper and then photographing the paper, or attaching photos from your album.

  • Sounds can be recorded for telling your story or as sound effects.

  • Layout the elements of your story (text boxes, images, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize.

  • Add, reorder, or delete pages from your book.

Your story is always saved in your iPhone. Carry it with you and work on it any time. Upload your story to the StoryKit web server and email a link to the story from within the app. No account is necessary. Stories are private.

The application includes four public domain children's books that you can rewrite and rearrange into your own new story. These are scans of the original bound books that have been specially processed for use on the iPhone. Take "The Three Bears" and make them four. Rewrite "The Three Little Pigs" with the wolf as the victim. Or, start with a blank book and write whatever story is on your minds.

Send us feedback at storykit@childrenslibrary.org.


In order to improve StoryKit, the application sends us anonymous usage data. The usage data contains no personal information or content from your stories. However, if you upload stories to our website, we may look at those to see how StoryKit is being used and understand what kinds of features would be useful to add in the future. We will not share your stories with anyone outside our research group without your express permission.

StoryKit was designed by researchers at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab as a basis for studying how mobile devices can be a conduit for children to work with their family members doing creative and educational activities. The idea is that by creating stories on iPhone - as opposed to paper and pens - you can find time to work on these activities anytime and anywhere. When you're done, you can carry it with you in your pocket, show it to friends and family you meet in your daily life, or send it electronically to people who live further away.

Supported by the National Science Foundation
www.childrenslibrary.org
www.cs.umd.edu/hcil

Storyrobe

Live, Create, Share.

Storyrobe is an innovative tool for creative self expression with the digital media that matters most - your own.

Features
Add Photographs
Add Narration
Send to YouTube
Email Story
Saves the story to the camera roll then you can import into iPhoto
Create Threaded Stories

The excitement begins when you share your story with other Storyrobe users. Add to existing stories to create longer stories of travels, events or family history. You can use it for work, school, or just to share stories with friends and family.

Strip Designer

Impress your friends with your own personal comic strips, created on your iPad, iPhone or iPod using photos from your photo album or iPhone camera.

Select one of the many included page templates. Insert photos into the cells. Add a couple of balloons with fun words. Add additional effect symbols (stickers) like "Boom", "Splash", or "Bang" to spice up the story. When you are happy with your new graphic novel, share it with friends and family.

Photos can be added from the camera, your photo-album, or downloaded directly from your Facebook account. You can apply filters to photos, and change the layout of the page to fit your needs. You can even paint on the photos, or draw your own sketches from scratch.

Text balloons can be positioned, sized, and rotated freely on the page. You can alter colors, font, text-size. You can give the balloons color gradients for additional impact.

There are plenty of stickers to spice up the action, but you can also create your own using photos from your photo-album and the built-in masking and drawing tools.

Use warped text with thick borders and gradient color-fill to give your cartoon the super-hero look.

Additional fonts can be installed from the web, so you will only be limited by your own imagination.

While you work, you can freely pan and zoom to control even the smallest details.

Once you have finished your masterpiece you can save it to your photo album, email it to your friends, upload it to Facebook or Flickr, or create a tweet with Twitter and Twitpic

-- All from within Strip Designer.

Features:
• More than a 100 page templates with 1 to 9 photo cells
• Multipage books
• Create your own layouts with up-to 12 photo cells
• Many different balloon types
• Text with per letter colors and fonts
• Warped and perspective text (even 3D)
• Change ballon size, rotation, color, and transparency
• Use any iOS font or install additional fonts
• Color gradients
• More than 150 stickers to insert for additional impact
• Dropbox and WebDAV photo, fonts, and document download/upload support
• Publish on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
• Download photos directly from Facebook
• Export to PDF to create real comic books
• Control scale, position and rotation of photos
• Integrated drawing tools to create your own drawings, paint on photos, or make your own stickers
• Many different cell styles
• Various photo filters
• Freely pan and zoom while you work
• Insert maps
• PDF import (for both cells and custom stickers)
• Advanced cell-layout management
• iCloud sync
• Page effects to give your pages old look

--- What the reviewers say ---

"Strip Designer is worth every penny it costs, and then some. I would pay a couple more bucks for Lifestrips. It's stable, it's easy, it's fun, and for all that I couldn't come up with anything witty for my comic text, I love the look of my comics. Someone with a better imagination than I apparently have could really do fabulous things with this app. I rate it a solid five stars out of five.", Pamela Flora, iPhoneography

Toontastic

Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 7 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app... and kids can't stop creating!

Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app's global storytelling network for kids.

Voki Home

Voki is a FREE service that lets you create customized speaking characters