Apps and Sites for Storytelling
Use these great storytelling apps and websites to help students of all ages tell their stories in compelling, well-structured, and thoughtful ways. While storytelling has long been part of the classroom, it's also an increasingly important part of daily life -- from social media to dinner parties to business presentations. To be the change-makers of the future, students must learn to present their ideas and express themselves creatively. In ELA classrooms, storytelling has additional, practical purposes. By telling their own stories, students can become more critical readers, gaining new insights into narrative structure and characterization. To create stories, students must also build organization and executive function skills. Of course, digital tools have expanded the range of ways students can now tell their stories. The great digital storytelling apps and sites on this list run the gamut: from traditional storybook creation tools to more recent visual storytelling and presentation tools influenced by social media and blogging. Below you'll find our favorites, all of which empower kids to find their unique voices as storytellers, creators, orators, and individuals.