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Welcome to the Sandbox


The Sandbox area is where you can test several of the digital storytelling tools we didn't cover in the sessions. First, visit the suggested tools and choose one or a few to play with. Then add your creation to the Posterous page by sending an email to digitalstorytellingEVO2013@posterous.com with your creation. Don't forget to tag and add a Title to your Posterous post ((tag: sandbox)). You can add a Title and tags by including these in the Subject Line of your email. Your Title should include your name and the title of your creation. To add tags through email, add tags in the subject of your email using the syntax ((tag: Sandbox)). The tag syntax will not show up in the title of your post, but your post will be tagged with the tags you include. For more information on how this looks, please click here!




Comic Creation Tools

Click on any of the icons to be led to a free comic creator tool. Below is a written description of each tool.


Creaza- Create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki. 

Bubblr- create your comic strip with Flickr pictures and add bubbles to tell your story!

Stripgenerator - You don't have to register in order to create a comic.

Bitstrips - Not free, but offers a 30-day free trial and includes more educational support (e.g., activities) than most other comic generators

Make Beliefs Comix - Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages.

Comic Strip Generator - You can upload photos or use web images in addition to their library of ready-to-use images

Garfield - you can create comic strips or (in Comics Lab Extreme) comic books 

ToonDoo - the site allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic

Phrase It- Add speech bubbles to pictures. 





Video Tools


Vimeo-Upload your videos here for free in high quality and to embed in a blog or wiki.

Dvolver - Create a video writing your text and choosing your characters and scene.

Mailvu - Record yourself and share it with others.

BombayTV - Write subtitles for Bollywood films.

Jing - A tool to screen capture your screen. 

Domoanimate - Make your own animations

Kerpoof - Create videos or an animated picture.

TalkingPets - Make the pets talk

Googlesearch - Use Google searches to tell your story.

OneTrueMedia - Mix your photos and pictures with text and animations.

Blabberize - Make your pictures talk

Roxio - Turn your photos into a video.

Smilebox - Create videos from your pictures and videos adding design and music.

SlideRocket - Create slidehows.

Screenr - Record your screen activity with audio.

Glogster - Create and online poster with your videos.

Sketchcast - Record a sketch with or without your voice.

Fotobabble- Create videos with audio and your voice. Free mobile app for IOS.

Skqueak- Create videos with audio and your voice. Draw on your pictures.  Free mobile app for IOS.

BiteSlide- digital slidebooks with images, videos, and text. Collaborate & edit.


Additional Resources for this week:

SafeshareTv - Share Youtube videos without ads and crop them.

Musicshake - Create copyright free music for your video.

Compfight - Search Flickr photos for your videos.

MorgueFile - Find free pictures for your videos.

Free Music Archive - Jamendo - RoyaltyFreeMusic -  Find free music.

SoundBible - FreeSound - Find sound effects.


Collaborative Storytelling Tools 


VoiceThread for Educators-Interactive way to present stories and have parents and other students comment on the stories. Several options. Embed in a blog or wiki.

Storybird-Students create beautiful stories by choosing beautiful art and adding the words. Embed in a blog or wiki.

Voxopop - Construct audio stories.  

UTellStoriesTell stories with audio, image, video and words. Collaborate on topics.

BiteSlide- digital slidebooks with images, videos, and text. Collaborate & edit.

Prezi- Collaborate on a slide presentation that you can transform into a video. Cool graphics and interface. Embeddable. Free iPad app.


Other Recommended Digital StoryTelling Tools


Creaza- Create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki.

5cardflicker - Tell your stories through flicker photos.

Glogster - Poster your story.

Zooburst - 3D pop up story creator.

Scholastic story starter - Start your story randomly.

Thestorystarter - Start your story randomly.

Storybird -Beautiful art collection of creative common work that students choose from to create online story books.

Storyjumper - Create your own stories.

LittleBirdTales - Upload your picture, record your voice to tell your stories.

Bookr/ Pimpampum- Create a storybook with Flickr photos

Mixbook- Create online scrapbooks with photos, stickers, and more. Also can create an online book. Embeddable.

SnackTools- Various tools including banner makers, flipbook makers, slide presentations, polls, and more. Try their flipbook tool which works on mobile devices. 

UTellStories- Tell stories with audio, image, video and words. Collaborate on topics.

BiteSlide- digital slidebooks with images, videos, and text. Collaborate & edit.



Digital Storytelling Apps


Posterous- With this app, learners can include a mix of text, photos, audio, and videos as well as tags and location information in a blog post. Share immediately on Facebook and Twitter! Even allow others to add to your posts (set this up through the web app vs. the mobile app). Free version available online as well as various mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod, Android, and Blackberry.

StoryRobe- It’s incredibly easy for children and adults to create audio/visual stories on the iPhone and iPod Touch using this app. Use the built in microphone, or any 3rd party microphone to create audio recordings with photos and videos. You have the option to upload to Youtube or send it through e-mail. If it’s in their e-mail, then the parents can easily e-mail their child’s production to their friends! You don’t need an Internet connection to create the stories, but you do to send them! Available on the iPad and iPod.

Splice- Best video editing app for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad that is free. Add audio, transitions, images, and more.

Fotobabble- It’s incredibly easy for children and adults to create audio/visual stories on the iPhone and iPod Touch using this app. Use the built in microphone, or any 3rd party microphone to create audio recordings with photos.

Skqueak- Almost like the Fotobabble app except it allows you up to 7 backgrounds free, voice recording, 5 minutes, and you can doodle on your images. Free for iOS.

Sock Puppets- If you enjoy playing with sock puppets, you'll love this app that allows students to create a sock puppet show. Choose the sock puppet characters, personalize the characters by adding your voice, select the scene and props, and record a video. Send this by email or upload to Youtube. Watch this great example. Available on the iPad and iPod.
Puppet Pals- IChoose the western characters, personalize the characters by adding your voice, select the scene and props, and record a video. Send this by email or upload to Youtube. Available on the iPad and iPod.
StoryKit- Create an electronic storybook by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voice, laying out the elements of the story (text boxes, images, paint, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize, reordering pages, and uploading to the StoryKit web server. Email a link to the story. The application includes four public domain children’s books to rewrite and rearrange into a new story. Available on the iPad and iPod.
Animoto- Upload up to 10 images, choose a soundtrack from the library (many nice holiday tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a 30-second video. Sync your videos with your Animoto.com account, download videos for offline viewing, and make longer ones with an All-Access Pass. Available on the iPad and iPod.

Videolicious- video creation in 3 easy steps

Create A Comic App

Toontastic Toon Tube (for iPad)

Cartoon Studio (iPhone/iPod/iPad app)- The free version gives you 3 strips with 2 characters and you can choose from various backgrounds and characters.

Capzles- free timeline creation and multimedia tool on itunes. 

Voicethread- one of the best free collaborative creation tools

DoodleCast Pro App- Draw and make a video with voice. $0.99 in the Apple app store.

PhotoPeach slideshow app for iDevices

Pic Collage- Available on both IOS and Android. Create pic collages. 

Toca Tailor Fairy Tales- Dress up and create fairy tale characters. Itunes

NightZooKeeper- is a great free storytelling app about animals. Kids listen to stories about animals, play games, and create their own animals stories. Also check out their great website of lesson plan ideas. www.nightzookeeper.com/teachers



Digital Storytelling Bibliography For Further Reading


Free Ebooks: 

Digital Storytelling Tools by Silvia Tolisano

Digital Storytelling: Tips and Resources by Dr. Gail Matthews DeNatale
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom by MicroSoft

Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources by Shelly Terrell

Making Videos on the Web by Richard Byrne, Free Tech for Teachers


Blogs and Websites:

The Art of Telling Digital Stories by Bernajean- One of the best resources with assessment advice and a scoring guide generator to customize

Making Stop Motion Movies by Kevin Hodgson- another fantastic resource where you can download the various storyboarding worksheets to use with students.

Creating Digital Stories by Kevin Hodgson

Digital Storytelling with English Language Learners (Prezi) by Kevin Hodgson

Digital Storytelling and the Common Core by Kevin Hodgson

Digital Storytelling Research and Resources by Educators Web 2.0 Wiki

Spin, Weave, and Cut by Nick Sousanis- A dissertation on using comics in the classroom written as a comic

Digital Storytelling Page on Technology 4 Kids Wiki by Ozge Karaoglu & Shelly Terrell

Animating Stories by Marisa Constantinides

Digital Storytelling with Audio Tools by Ozge Karaoglu

Digital Storytelling Category in Ozge Karaoglu's blog

Engaging Learners through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources & Tips by Shelly Terrell

20+ Apps to Support the Digital Storytelling Process by Shelly Terrell 

Sharing Stories: The Power of Storytelling 2.0 Projects for Student Voice by Shelly Terrell

Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices by Shelly Terrell

Kids Sharing Stories: Mobile Digital Storytelling by Shelly Terrell

Stories on the Go: Digital Storytelling on Mobile Devices by Shelly Terrell

Storytelling Resources and Bookmarks PearlTree by Shelly Terrell



Participant Projects






Comments (11)

dsmart said

at 12:29 pm on Jan 12, 2012

I was surprise not to find comic life under comics. Although you have to pay up eventually, the comic making tool is very easy to use and versatile. I especially love the fact that I can drop images from my photo library into the comic strip. http://plasq.com/products/comiclife

Shelly S. Terrell said

at 7:45 am on Jan 17, 2013

Thanks for adding this resource!

Anastasia121 said

at 9:12 am on Jan 17, 2013

Shelly S. Terrell said

at 12:28 pm on Jan 17, 2013

It gives a login when I get there. Is there another link given so anyone can see it?

anisoara pop said

at 12:03 am on Jan 18, 2013

Hi Anastasia, as Shelly says, you did not copy the right link or embed code to your creation. Can you give us the link to the story? Both link and embed code (< >) icons are at the top right hand corner of your first slide.

Gil said

at 9:40 am on Jan 17, 2013

Hi I´ve created a comic but unluckly I didn´t pay attention that the first speech bubble was out of the edge. Here is the link and the first sentence is "if I die soon..."

Anastasia121 said

at 1:08 am on Jan 18, 2013

Hello! Thank you for your attention to my story. Sorry for the wrong address.


Marga Zichner said

at 2:56 pm on Jan 18, 2013

Hi Anastasia, I saw your creation and let me say, although I don't like cats, it's wonderful!

Anastasia121 said

at 12:54 am on Jan 19, 2013

Thank you!

Tanitateacher said

at 1:56 am on Jan 19, 2013

Hi,great links/I watched many of them and find out some them very useful in teaching. Even my 8 year old son plays with some of them ,especiall with Dvolver.

Gil said

at 8:18 pm on Jan 19, 2013

Hi Would you like to see a photoshow I did using Roxio? Here goes the link: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Up9Et6IG

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