Appetizer: Why tell stories?

What is storytelling? What is digital storytelling?
  • 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. Tell your story now digitally. - Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association
  • Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for. Russell Banks
  • Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
  • The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. -Harold Goddard
  • There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.-Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. -Salman Rushdie

Digital Storytelling Quotes
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Tasting Samples: It's always about sharing a story!

Directions: How to tell digital stories

Essential Ingredients


Create a Google Search Story using the Search Story site and clicking on Create Your Own

Try making a cartoon

Web-based Comic Strip Style (Still)
  • Chogger Draw your own comics, caption photos, take webcam pictures and add speech balloons.
  • Comic Creator (Read/Write/Think)
  • Comic Master create short graphic novels
  • Comic Strip Generator Search for familiar comic strip templates to adapt and customize.
  • Make a Comic Strip Creator Create very simple strips with two characters using pull-down menu options
  • Make Belief Comics Author Bill Zimmerman’s web-based site allows users to write their comics in languages other than English, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Latin and Portuguese--with Chinese, Japanese and Korean to come. Offers printables, lessons, and writing prompts.
  • PikiStrips Add bubbles and photo effects to create comic strips from your online album.
  • PimPamPum Bubblr allows artists to add speech bubbles to their photos on.
  • Pixton Easy click and drag interface in which you can make or use flexible characters, move them into poses, edit expressions, add props and thought/speech bubbles.
  • Pixton for Schools Free 30-day trial for 50 students, premium pricing $130 for 50 students for a year, or $2.60 per student. Email not required.
  • Stage’d Select characters, costumes, scenery, create dialogs, and choose from a library of animations.
  • Witty Comics Select from a library of scenes, characters and bubbles to make simple strips.

Animated Comic Options

  • GoAnimate Free web-based app for making videos or creating characters. Build scenes, choose and backgrounds; select characters and pre-programmed actions; movements, and emotions; add speech bubbles; re-size; bring objects forward and back; add music and effects.
    Also available:
    • DomoAnimate Free web-based version of GoAnimate without inappropriate content.
    • GoAnimate4Schools Free, web-based for up to 100 accounts. A single teacher account gets unlimited access to all GoAnimate4Schools features, The teacher can also post animations to GoAnimate4Schools’ public gallery. With a student account, users may make animations of up to 2 minutes long, upload music, use text-to-voice and voice recording. SchoolPlus Accounts are available with unlimited features for multiple teacher accounts, unlimited number of students, no limit on animation time, image and video upload, unlimited characters, additional text-to-voice options.
  • Xtranormal Using one or two characters, combines text-to-speech sound in a variety of accents, with the ability to use multiple types of camera shots, add sounds, and drag and drop pre-programmed animations, movements, emotions, and points.
  • Animasher Simple drag and drop web-based animator that uses images, voice, video clips and sound effects to create a quick animated clip.
  • Blabberize Web-based--Upload a picture, locate the mouth, record sound and make the picture speak.
  • Comics Sketch Draw and animate your own comic strips and books.
  • Kerpoof Owned and operated by Disney, the free web-based tool allows young people to make art and create animated movies. Mostly free with premium membership options.
  • Zimmer Twins Click and drag to build simple movies from clips. Change words in the sentence to adjust characters and actions in the clips. Free, but VIP Members share their movies, access extra animation clips, leave written comments and more.

Try making a photo/image story

Additional Ingredients

Dessert (Assessing and Celebrating)