Digital Storytelling

Page Contents:


Why do we tell stories (brainstorm from CARLA summer institute)

Examples of Stories


With a variety of tools


collection from the Story Center (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling)

Educational uses of storytelling - for ESL (Univ of Houston)

Messing about with Boats

The Apple Tree



The Three Brothers

Making a Digital Story


Example Projects

Kevin’s Meadering Mind - blog posts about his experience using iMovie (after having used PhotoStory 3) to make stories with his students.  Also read the linked “posts 1 and 2”) 

Photo Stories--Flickr

flicktion -- taking a photo from the Flickr collection and writing a story based on it. Tag the photo as "flicktion."

Story in 5 Photos -- Let 5 photos tell the story on their own.



Links and information  

Story mapping handout (pdf from Jason Ohler website)

7 elements of storytelling

Storyboard (PDF) from


Story Ideas from Alan Levine's 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story wiki


Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre - Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine


A collection of information - including tools, examples, videos, and training videos

Jason Ohler's storytelling website & book information 

Joe Lambert's original storytelling website -

     be sure to check out the "cookbook"

See this whole issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10(1). Special theme of digital storytelling.  (is it passworded?)

How to Make Crab Soup: Digital Storytelling Projects for ESL Students. This article discusses how one teacher integrates digital storytelling into an ESL class


Parent notification. If you're going to use student text or images in the stories, this letter explains what a digital storytelling project involves and how it benefits students.  From Jason Ohler's website

Photo-based writing activities from the NYTimes


Constructive Comments - ideas for comments that go beyond "good job!"


Evaluation of student projects

    - rubric considerations, list of traits, many example rubrics for storytelling 

    - an example rubric from Jason Ohler (pdf)

    - evaluating projects - Bernajean @ DigiTales


Examples and ideas

LaGuardia Community College Digital Storytelling website 

Add to the conversation on this wiki -

Notes on Copyright

    - Creative Commons information from Flickr

    - from Jason Ohler's site - 



Tools to Use to Create Stories

    - popplet -   to brainstorm ideas, story analysis, preparation and organization for writing

    - put the story in PowerPoint or Google docs Slide presentation  if a group - text and audio 

    - WeVideo - a Browser-based video editing tool, free for up to 5 minutes of published video 

    - - a glog is like a poster but with multimedia added

    - PBWorks wiki - to write a draft, peer editing, peer comments, create the story with multimedia 

    - Photoshop Express - to edit photos, prepare photos for the wiki, VoiceThread, or Comiqs  

    - VoiceThread - to put photos or PowerPoint online where they can be annotated with text, audio, and video  

    - Animoto, create moving slide strips with audio/music in the background, not photo by photo like Voice Thread

    - Yodio - add your voice via a phone to your photos

    - Figment - a place for authors to share their work, a la Facebook-type application

    - Tikatok - an award-winning site designed to let children write, illustrate, and publish their own stories. With writing hints/guides.


Suggested tools for elementary students 

       Suggested tools for elementary students