Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.

- Leslie Rule, Center for Digital Storytelling

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is a fantastic way to engage students, teachers and just about anyone else who has ever wanted to be the next Ken Burns or Steven Spielberg. There are many different definitions of "digital storytelling," but in general, all of them revolve around the idea of combining the longstanding art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video animation, and Web publishing.

Creating Digital Stories

The Five Ps of Digital Storytelling

Purpose Planning Production Presentation Provide Feedback/Reflection Time

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling
5 Frame Planning Guide
Story Board Planning Sheet storyboard6scene.pdf
Digital Story Planning Sheet planningsheet.pdf
Planning Sheet

5 Frame Digital Stories

Types of Digital Stories

Almost Paradise tells the story of how a Korean mother brought her family from South Korea to America, in search of a better life. It outlines the difficulties of growing up in a different culture, as well as the clashes between a mother and daughter.
60 Seconds

tells the story of what Science Fiction really is.
Aging Well - Adding images to an interview
My Hero Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and also the first environmentalist to win.
Heat Trailer A video made by an Eastern student as a book hook
Shift Happens Using only words and music
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Homework Machine
whitty whirl pool.wmv

Examinations of Historical and Current Events, Themes, and Issues
Race to the Moon
The Gettysburg Address
The Holocaust
True America

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr - Love Will Find a Way, a video that uses song lyrics and photographs to tell the story.

Voice Thread

Voice Thread Demonstration VideoA Voice ThreadTo Kill a Mockingbird
Example of Voice Thread being used to record students' opinions about a book they read.

Example of Voice Thread used as a collaborative project

Free DIgital Storytelling Tools

Photo Story 3 for Windows Free Download Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions.
Movie Maker 2 Nice handout from Scott Firenza MovieMaker2Handout.pdf
Create Great Movies in Movie Maker
Fifty Story Tools Here you will find 50 web tools you can use to create a story.
Voice Thread Group conversations around images, docs and videos. Transform your presentations, projects and media into rich collaborative spaces.
Mapwing tool really designed for created linked tours or annotated drawings/maps- generate a base map by importing or drawing, add nodes, each with a view looking in 4 directions, captions, link together.
Bubbleshare from uploaded images, clip art library, records 30 second audio/video captions for each image. Overlay comic bubbles with text. Code to embed in blogs, web site. Options to have prints made as books, posters.
Primary Access PrimaryAccess is a web-based tool that offers teachers and students frictionless access to digital images and materials that enable them to construct compelling personal narratives.5th Grade Primary Access Projects
AuthorSTREAM Share PowerPoint presentations and slide shows online
Picasa a free photo editing software from Google