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Storytelling Applications

Digital Content and Storytelling title with hands on a computer with images of camera, megaphone, music, text icons.

Whether you are teaching synchronously online using a platform like Zoom, or in a face-to-face classroom, you can of course just 'tell' your story orally, or take advantage of using digital media resources to enhance it.

Advantages of telling your story using digital media:

  • Your audience may be more engaged through the digital media you add to enhance your story
  • A digital media version may address a wider range of learning styles through audio, video, and visual elements
  • You can share a link to it for those that missed it, or want to watch it again
  • You can spend your online or classroom time managing the student interactions while they watch it
  • Avoid last minute pressure if your voice, mic, or memory isn't working well
  • You can share it with a much wider audience

Your task is to complete your content-based story, practice it, and at a minimum, record it. 

The following tutorials will walk you through the use of either Book Creator or Microsoft Sway to tell your story digitally. These are both free media applications that are user-friendly and effective for storytelling.  Some alternative resources are listed on the right-side in case you wish to use a different application.

Book Creator is a tool that allows users to create multimedia ebooks and digital stories. The tool allows users to add videos and audio files to their creations, along with professionally drawn shapes through AutoDraw capabilities. Moreover, the platform allows teachers to set up multiple libraries and enjoy real-time collaboration.

Book Creator is both an Online Web-based platform https://bookcreator.com/online/ but also has apps for different devices.

Free version: Create 1 library and 40 books. Note: Teachers can create an account and invite students to create in their library,

  • Students can sign in with their Google or Microsoft account and create their own book, copy a teacher's book and edit it to be their own version, or work on one together with classmates.

You can combine text, images, audio, and video.

Tutorial video (7:04)

Microsoft Sway is a free app that requires you to either have a Microsoft account, or to create one.

You might start with the Digital Storytelling with Microsoft Sway 1 hour course.

The following are teacher tutorials:

The final steps in this learning unit are to reflect on:

  1. How you might implement storytelling in your teaching?

  2. Identify some steps you can take to put what you have learned into action

  3. How you could use storytelling activities with your students to help them improve their understanding, literacy, and learning?

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1. Blendspace (requires an account or teacher classroom account). Tutorials are available on their site.

2. Screencasting can be done using:

Collections of Resources

Link: Adobe Spark Slideshow maker

Cost/Audience: FREE (for teachers and students K-12)

Features: This is a very easy to use slideshow tool to communicate your message with a very professional look and feel. It is perhaps (editorial comment) one of the best in terms of graphic design. It is an app as well as web-based tool with nothing to download or install. You can create a Post to a social network, create a page, Spark slideshow or Spark Video. Templates, music, and photos are provided, just add your text, images, video (30 seconds), or voice. Publish as a video, share to social media, email the link, or save to your iPhone or Android camera roll as an mp4.

Tutorials:

Zbib (ZoteroBib) is a great free tool to create a bibliography or citation for any media you are using.