List Of Storytelling Apps And Tools For Students

The art of storytelling beholds immense power that can enhance the learning experience for students. Students of all ages enjoy storytelling in one way or the other.

Digitised storytelling is best presented with visuals that add to students' knowledge and help them have better expression. 

The literacy practice of Digital storytelling can enhance kids' literacy skills as it allows students to express and communicate their thoughts in a multimodal way through images, sounds, videos and text. The process of creating these storyboards also helps in developing creative and critical thinking skills.

Here's a list of apps and tools to help educators and students find the best means to create storyboards. 

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids 

Imagistory is an ideal app for kids . the tool offers a fresh reading experience and has a user-friendly interface. Kids can record their voices as they narrate a story in+ the pre-made picture books. The limit is the imagination. With pre-made picture books, students can create a story around the visuals. The tool is ideal for fostering creative thinking skills in young kids. 

Sock Puppets 

Sock Puppets offers ease in creating lip-synced videos. Students can create interesting story videos and use in-built features like puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and be as creative as they want. As you start recording, the puppets automatically lip-sync to your voice. Also, the tool offers the feature to collaborate with peers making it a fit for classroom use. Students can work together, use multiple puppets and create engaging conversation like stories. 

Book Creator

For iOS users, this might be the end of the search. The tool is compatible with ios devices and caters to all the storytelling needs. Students of all ages can work around with the tool and create informative non-fiction stories or creative fictitious stories. Compiling information is easy, and an easy user interface makes it a fit. Kids in primary schools might need assistance in using the tool. However, older students will find the tool great for producing and publishing their simple books or comics with images, videos, and audio.

Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker

Story Creator allows you to easily create beautiful storybooks with photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. The tool brings your best stories to life through multimedia and allows you to share your most memorable moments easily.

Little Story Maker

The tool allows students to create visual storybooks with images, text and audio. The app features ready to use templates that students can use to embed their stories. You can customise the stories by adding your photos and voice. There's no limit to creating free stories on the app. 

Toontastic 3D

Google's Toonastic 3D is a great storytelling tool. It offers kids familiarity with the various characters they create. Kids can animate the characters of their story and make them just the way they want. The tool allows kids' to bring their stories to life. Kids can create exciting stories by making videos.

Explain Everything

This tool is a digital whiteboard where students can create engaging and interactive videos. It can be used for storytelling as students can record their voice and screen display and export the video link to share and post anywhere. The benefit of using this whiteboard is that users can completely customise the video and add engagement and interaction elements to their videos/stories.

Cloud Stop Motion

cloud stop motion is a standard tool to make movies. The tool features a stop motion animation creator, audio on unlimited tracks, titles, credits and speech bubbles. Despite having limited creative elements, the tool is great to create stories, especially for middle school students. It limits the scope of multimedia and ensures that students use their creativity to express their ideas.

Elementari

Elementari features a drag and drop method making it easy for students to add text, images, shapes, etc. Other available features include a variety of fonts, animations, image editing with filters, customisable widgets, and interactive sequences. The tool has many features, and every student will find something that interests them.

Book Creator

Book Creator offers exceptional features that students can use to make amazing storyboards. Users can select over 50 unique fonts, integrate images, take photos, embed music or voice files, annotate, insert emojis, draw, and add other icons. The tool features some ready to use templates that students can select from and customise as desired.

My Story School eBook Maker

My Story allows students to design, create and share ebooks and movies. Students can add varied multimedia like drawings, photos, stickers, voice recordings, and more to their creations. All created files can be exported as mp4 files or shared directly to YouTube.

Imagine Forest Story Creator

The tool requires students to write down the stories in chunks to create a story. Students can easily create their own stories online using the Imagine Forest Story Creator.

ChatterPix Kids

ChatterPix Kids is ideal for elementary school students. The tools bring characters to life. Students can create compelling and interactive stories and use the tool for creating talking pictures. the feature makes it a fit for elementary students.

Flipgrid

Flipgrid offers a whiteboard-style instructional video creation feature that students can create stories. It is especially beneficial to create an instructional video or story with different parts. Users can do so by drawing instructions on the whiteboard and customising the background, stickers, voice and face.

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is another popular tool to create storyboards. Teachers and students widely use the tool to create interactive stories. Users can create two storyboards per week for free and upgrade to their premium version to make more.

Buncee

The tool acts as a digital canvas where students can paint a story as they desire. The good part about it is that it comes with a performance dashboard where teachers can track and monitor students' progress, assign tasks, share ideas and more.

PicLits

A PicLit is a combination of a photograph and words placed in it. This combination creates meaning for one another. Users can do this with a drag-n-drop feature. It is easy and quick to develop sentences, definitions, poems, stories, questions, quizzes and more.


Powtoon

Powtoon is a popular tool to create animated videos. The tool is ideal for creating digital stories as users can easily create animated characters and animate them.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Shadow Puppet Edu is a great tool to create projects, develop storytelling skills, search for images, and improve speaking skills as students create videos and storyboards while working on the tool.

Plotagon

Plotagon allows students to turn text into films, create characters, record voices and add sound effects. This is the perfect recipe for creating a story. Users can customise everything as desired and make exciting stories. The tool can be used on the web or mobile applications, available for android and iOS users.

Slidestory

Slidestory is a challenging tool as it limits your time to convey your story. Ideal for creating small stories or sharing a particular experience or memory. Users can create slideshows that are 32 seconds in length.

Strip Designer

Strip Designer is a comic strip generator where students can create interesting short stories. Students can sketch, draw, mask, and add warped 3D lettering, balloons, and more to add special effects to their creations.

ThingLink

ThingLink is ideal for creating tutorials, interactive course modules, interactive media experiences, trailers, simulations, and quickly explaining complex concepts through digital stories.

Write-on Video

This tool offers the ease of designing storyboards, creating interactive video content, and organising your video production. The tool features animated stickers, a speed controller and other vital features that will help the user customise videos as desired.

Tell About This

Tell About This displays a brief about a single image on the screen. This can be used as a short story, an open-ended, developmentally appropriate question or a prompt. Students can record themselves narrating their response or the story they wish to convey alongside the image.

Voice Thread

VoiceThread is a cloud app that allows students to share and comment on interactive presentations. The tool features over five different types of media that can add engagement to students' creations.

Vyond

Vyond is a great tool to create videos and storyboards. Users can draw from the tools' ready to use templates and create animated videos that look as good as professionals'. Video creation is easy, and users can create a range of videos with the tool.

Story Wheel

Story Wheel uses gamification to teach students about story composition. The tool strengthens students' imagination and improves their speaking skills. Students spin a wheel and receive an image. Students have to record their voices and develop that image into a story alongside the image. Players continue to build the story with newer images and their interpretations.

Speech Journal

Speech Journal works well to create short, simple stories. The tool allows users to record voices against the images they upload. Students can combine a series of pictures and record their voices for each image to create a perfect story.

Story Jumper

Story Jumper is a great tool to create digital stories. It allows students to become published authors and offers all the features that students would need to create an eBook/story. Students can design characters, add voice recordings, collaborate with peers, produce video books, and listen to other students-generated books worldwide.

Do share your experiences with these tools in the comments section below!

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Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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