digital storytelling

Apps & Online Tools

Digital Storytellling

Popular Apps and Online Tools for Digital Storytelling

The following is a brief listing of Free online resources for the Chromebook, Mac or PC laptop or desktop computer. Some popular app-only resources are in the second table provided.







Mac or PC; apps for Android, Chromebook, iPad

animoto   Animoto includes a 30 second (maximum) video for free. Teachers can request a free Animoto Plus account for Education for unlimited full-length videos and student accounts. 
Animoto handout  
Animoto tutorial
How to apply for a free educational Animoto+ Upgrade

Example 1, Example 2, Example 3

little birdtales



Mac or PC; Chromebook

Little Birdtales allows an upload of pictures, photos or student artwork. Teachers can set up classroom accounts, add and manage students. Voice recording is unlimited. The resulting book can be emailed, shared and embedded.


storybird  Storybird

Mac or PC; Chromebook

A Storybird project starts by selecting an image (donated by many artists), and you create the story to go with the illustrations available in their library. You can create a class account and manage students without using email. Create assignments and build libraries of your class stories. There is a mobile app for this. Teacher tutorial from YouTube

Example 1



Mac or PC; Android, Chromebook & iPad

A  cloud-based collaborative video creation platform. It is easy to use with drag and drop editing tools. You may add video, text and images to create a video. 



Mac or PC; Android, Chromebook & iPad

Sway is a free multimedia creation resource from Microsoft. It requires a free Microsoft Account to sign in. It is fairly easy-to-use to create content and stories to share or embed. Pre-designed layouts, designs and a storyline help you quickly create your content. Add videos, images, hyperlinks and text.  Here are a few examples:

View a report by a 7th grader about a Red Panda  
and Youtube tutorial

Stonehenge Mystery Story (created in 45 min) 

How to build a Presentation in Sway (Youtube) 



Some Popular Apps for Digital Storytelling

*For a more extensive listing of iPad apps, please visit the 21things4ipads site.

 Resource Name

Device or App


Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark


Spark lets you edit images, photos, add video and notes to creat a quick video story. A link is provided to your story URL.



  iPad & iPhone

30Hands is free and easy-to-use. Good starting point, no account needed, upload or draw images, record narration and save as a video to the Camera or posted to the Cloud.




PuppetPals 2 is free and easy. You can create puppet shows using their puppets or upload your own characters and backgrounds. Record audio narration and make puppets animate for the end video. Save to iPad or export to camera roll.

Sock Puppet



With Sock Puppet, you can create a free 30 second recording with six characters, and a variety of backgrounds and props. See 21things4ipads for more information.



 iPad, iPhone

There are free 30 sec stories. Create a talking avatar, with predesigned backgrounds or upload one. Record audio or use text-to-speech option. Save to camera as video or to social media sites.




Free: combine video, weave in photos, music, and narrate (a favorite of reporters)



 Mac and PC; Chromebook &

A free account allows you to create 5 VoiceThreads. Upload images and record your audio. Copy a link to share, or embed to your blog or site. Aesops Fable example