There are so many apps available now for digital story creation. Where do you start? In this post we will share with you three techniques you can use to create stories that develop student creativity, story telling abilities and ICT skills.

Option 1 - Create a story using Project Storytime

This is the simplest of all 3 options. Using the Project Storytime app you can create simple stories that focus students on creating stories from the imagery provided. This app has in-app purchases of extra imagery and themes, but you can still create many stories using the basic themes provided for free.

To get started all a student needs to do is:

  • Spend some time discovering and playing with the* Plan their story through storyboarding or draft writing
  • Choose a background
  • Choose some objects
  • Add text for your story

Once done you can save the story to the device and share with friends or family to read. This app even has a few story starter ideas to get students moving on their task.

Option 2 - Use Kids Story Builder and Fresh Paint to create a digital story

Kids Story Builder app is free and fantastic. With this app you can upload your own images, write text on these images and then record voice over the top of the image. String a whole heap of these together and just like magic, a digital story has been created.

Why not take a well loved story like The Hungry Caterpillar, and give it a contemporary look with fresh images (taken with the device camera) or new hand drawn pictures captured with your device camera? Student's could even use some of the image editing and drawing apps such as Fresh Paint or Aviary to create you own digital images. Either way, upload an image, record you voice over and save.

Students can even upload prerecorded audio files and music to their images.

This is a wonderful and effective multimodal activity.

Consider using Kids Story Builder to show procedure, narrate a process, write a descriptive narrative or even create social stories for young students.

Option 3 - Bring a multimodal story together with Windows Movie Maker

Access the best of both worlds on a Windows 8 device and use full application software such as the free to install Windows Movie Maker to create professional quality digital stories.

Creating a digital story is more than just using movie making software. It is about planning and preparing the content of the movie as well. Windows 8 devices can be used both to create the content and to publish a digital story, thus using the full capability of the device.

If you have a Windows 8 device, here are some ideas to get started::

  • Using the device camera to take photos or videos
  • Use image editing apps such as Photofunia, Fresh Paint and Aviary to edit and refine imagery
  • Use PowerPoint to create images, write text and then save the presentation deck as JPEG files.
  • Record audio using Sound Recorder App or Audacity
  • Download creative common available sound effects and background music from sites such as Jamendo

Once students have planned and prepared to create their digital story they can bring it all together, tweak and publish using a movie editing software such as Windows Movie Maker. The end result is well worth uploading and sharing with your community using Vimeo or YouTube. Don't forget: Add some self regulation skills by providing opportunity for students to give each other feedback during the creation of the story, not just at the end. Here's a great website to help you get going with Movie Maker.

So, what's stopping you? Which option will you give you students in their next digital story telling task?