It's important for students of all ages to be able to convey their point of view in a compelling and well-structured way. While storytelling has long been part of the classroom, it's also a part of daily life. 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 purpose. 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.
Interested in seeing how two of the best storytelling apps compare? Check out our EdTech Showdown featuring Book Creator and Shadow Puppet EDU.
Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures in easy-to-use app
Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
Slow but alluring game uniquely depicts how folklore shaped America