Digital StoryTelling Resource Links

This is a collection of resources related to digital storytelling of various kinds:  audio, video, animation, and others.

Overview of Digital StoryTell;ing

These are links to resources developed by others related to digital storytelling. Video storytelling can be complex or simple. It provides a powerful way for students to communicate what they have learned and engage others with the topic.

resources for digital storytelling

Animoto Digital StoryTelling Software

Animoto is a cloud-based software that allows combining of digital images, short video clips, text, and music to create beautiful digital stories..

yvond (formerly known as GoAnimate) Digital StoryTelling Software

Yvond Home Web Page. Yvond is a cloud-based software that allows easy-to-develop short, animated stories composed of text by the user that is combined with choices to animate and move the animated characters. Different paid plans: Individual account Free limited trial, Three month, $18; One year, $58 — School plan Free limited trial (click on button in upper right corner of splash web page), Annual plan depends upon number of teachers and students. Student license can be reused with different students following semester. $150+ — Business or nonprofit plan $80+ monthly. More features in comparison to the individual and educator plans. Collection of assorted Vyond video tutorials. These YouTube videos were made by assorted individuals. They range in their quality. So a simple YouTube search for "GoAnimate tutorials" and see what is selected. Collection of assorted Vyond videos. The following collection was gathering by using the Google search term “Go!Animate”. Caution, objectionable language may appear unexpectedly in some of them.

<newly added> PowToon

PowToon Home Web Page. It is a dynamic alternative to Powerpoint with animations and cartoons.  Drag-and-drop to create presentations. Drag-and-drop to create presentations. YouTube overview video of PowToon.

<newly added> DigitalFilms

DigitalFilms Home Web Page. Unleash your creativity and make your digital film for free!  Choose a background scene, characters, animated actions, dialog, introduction, and ending credits.

<newly added> Wideoo

Wideoo Home Web Page. Make and share awesome videos online.  Start from scratch or use our awesome, easy to edit templates to capture your audience and bring your brand to life.  All plans include YouTube export, unlimited audio and images import, and access to template galleries.  Free to create 45 second videos.  Special discounts for education.

<newly added> Common Craft

Common Craft Home Web Page. This is included to provide inspiration for another type of digital storytelling. The videos use stop-action animation with whiteboards and paper cut-outs to illustrate the topic. This style of animation has been used by teachers and students for class presentations and assignments.  The developers of this style of explanation animation have published an enhanced ebook with video tutorials and samples on how to create similar animations for use in the classroom by teachers and students.  https://www.commoncraft.com/art-explanation   To make it even easier to create the animations, thousands of cut out images can be downloaded under one of the annual license plans.  Go to YouTube and use search term “Common Craft” and many videos will appear in the list that include Common Craft-produced videos, videos made by high school teachers and students demonstrating how to produce videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCl1zoxs3Zo and videos made by students to explain various education topics.

<newly added> Comic Life

Comic Life Home Web Page. 30 day free trial.  Purchase for $30  Works on Mac or Windows PC.  Make a stunning comic from your own images. Packed with fonts, templates, panels, balloons, captions, and lettering art.

<newly added> StoryMapJS

StoryMapJS Home Web Page. a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. It is a new tool, yet stable in our development environment, and it has a friendly authoring tool. It has two significant, related features:  (1) Gigapixel can tell stories with large photographs, works of art, historic maps, and other image files. Because it works best with pixel-dense files, we call these "gigapixel" StoryMaps. Learn more.  (2) SnapMap is a tool to help you quickly create a StoryMap. It places your 20 most recent geo-tagged Instagrams on a map that can be shared instantly. You can also edit it in StoryMap's authoring tool, adding media from other sources.