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Apps and Sites for Storytelling

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.

Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
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Tell About This Publisher: RSA Group, LLC
Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling; app records the results
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
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Imagistory: Schools Edition - Creative Storytelling Publisher: Imagistory Publishing Ltd.
Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures in easy-to-use app
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms iPad
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StorylineOnline.net Visit Website: http://www.storylineonline.net
Notable actors' read alouds bring kids' storybooks to life
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free
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Write About This Publisher: RSA Group, LLC
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $2.99-3.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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My Story Book Creator School Edition Publisher: Bright Bot
Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids Publisher: Fingerprint
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $2.99-4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Toontastic 3D Publisher: Google Inc
Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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TeleStory Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Direct and star in zany TV shows with fun, easy-to-use movie maker
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Storybird Visit Website: http://www.storybird.com
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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CAST UDL Book Builder Visit Website: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books
Grades 1-7
Type Website
Price Free
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Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Seesaw Learning Inc.
Resource-rich video slide-show maker a gem for a variety of classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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StoryJumper Visit Website: http://www.storyjumper.com/
Storybook creation site has great support for classrooms
Grades 2-8
Type Website
Price Free
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Pixton Visit Website: http://www.pixton.com
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Make Beliefs Comix Visit Website: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Comic creation tool has wealth of resources, busy design
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
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Binumi Visit Website: www.binumi.com
One-stop shop for creating and assigning beautiful video stories
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Explain Everything Classic Publisher: Explain Everything, Inc.
Classic version of dynamic presentation tool still excites
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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GoAnimate for Schools Visit Website: https://goanimate4schools.com/
Make professional-looking animations with easy-to-use tool
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Visit Website: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Office Sway Publisher: Microsoft
Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows
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Sutori Visit Website: http://www.sutori.com
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Textadventures.co.uk Visit Website: http://textadventures.co.uk/
Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Twine Visit Website: https://twinery.org/
Cool interactive story creator can both dazzle and baffle
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
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Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Story Wars Visit Website: https://www.storywars.net/
Read, write, and vote on engaging collaborative storytelling site
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Youth Voices Visit Website: https://www.youthvoices.live/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Adobe Spark Visit Website: https://spark.adobe.com
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Composer Pro
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Publisher: Demibooks Inc.
Fully loaded, top-of-the-line tool for creating polished ebooks
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
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Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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TouchCast Studio Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
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Write the World Visit Website: http://www.writetheworld.com
Global community helps young writers write, revise, think, and grow
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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