Category Archives: Digital Story Telling

Get Your eBook On

So I talk about books a lot, since well, I am a librarian and all. And I have mentioned some apps and websites to visit if you are interested in writing a book of your own.  Well here are few more, and these are super easy that not only are they great for classroom use, but those budding writers in your class or home might get a kick out of these too. These apps are perfect for both entertainment and education (well at least the eBook ones are, the comic ones are purely entertainment).  Teachers will be able to create original eBooks to use in their classroom.  Teachers will have the ability to add images, text, links, recordings and more to the eBook. Then simply share with students or colleagues to allow greater access to information.  These apps allow you to create and upload your eBook to iBooks and ePub readers.  You can access many of them through an app or online.  The prices vary but these are all well worth the look.

Students and kids will have fun with these apps as well (especially the comic ones).  They can take stories they have written and create a collection, or create a photo book highlighting a recent summer event or family function that you can share with just those who you would like. No need to put in bookstores for the world to access, unless of course you want to.  These apps are a great way to keep kids creative and writing all summer long. Heck all year long for that matter.

The comic apps are fun since you don’t need to be an artist to use.  By using pictures you already have you can add cartoon images and drawings to create funny one of a kind strips.   So check them out.



book writer


Book Writer for iOS





IDEAL e-Pub Creator for Android and iOS





Creative Book Builder for Android and iOS



Digital Comics

Comic Puppets


Comic Puppets for Android and iOS



Photo comics Pro


Photo Comics Pro for Android


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Open up the World of Culture

Sure students know who Vincent Van Gogh, E.B. White, and Roald Dahl are.  But what do they know about contemporary authors, and artists? Well now they can learn.  Culture Street is a organization that is based out of the UK that is determined to introduce students to contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers,  and performers.   Culture Street’s goal is to encourage creativity in the classroom…and beyond.

With four distinct channels to learn from (Arts, Film, Books, Stage)  students will have the opportunity to view videos, listen to interviews, have access to  interactive activities and watch workshops for better understanding of how professionals work.

The book channel (a personal favorite of mine) allows the user to create their own picture book, and comic book.  You must be a registered member to access many of the elements on the site so parents should be involved. Teachers have the opportunity to pre-made lessons and tie-ins to current learning trends to help integrate the arts into everyday subjects.  Even though the organization is based out to the UK, foreign educators and parents should not shy away from this fun rewarding activity.  Thank your



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Using Maps to Tell a Story

I don’t know about you but I use maps all the time. Mainly because my sense of direction is not so great.  When I travel I grab a map (not a fancy one just a cheesy one from the hotel or something) for the place I visited and hold on to it as a souvenir.  Meanwhile I have had friends attach pictures to wall maps as a reminder of places they have been to while some use push pins.  Now with foursquare and the maps on Facebook you can now follow where all of your friends are or have been.  Maps are not only a way to tell you where you are going, but it is a great tool to show where you have been; or where someone else has been.  What am I getting at with all of this rambling.  Well, lets see Napoleon was a great military leader, and who traveled all over Europe and into Russia winning and in some cases losing battles.  Wouldn’t it be more interesting to learn about his travels and conquests or defeats by examining them on a map with text summarizing the major events over reading straight from the textbook?  How much more interesting would a presentation be for the students to give if they had the opportunity to use a map to describe historical and even literary events.  Think about it, even family trips/vacations can be even more fun when using a map to show all of the places you have been.

Well if this has peaked your interest why not try the website MAPTALES www.    MAPTALES is  site that allows you to create map-based stories and share them with groups through emails, embedding into websites, blogs, etc.  You can use MAPTALES to chronicle news events, describe a trip, its great for scrapbooking and lectures.  Maps tell us their own stories but it is up to the users to embellish on those stories with our own personal flair.

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Electronic Time Capsules

When I was in grade school we made a time capsule and buried it near the front of the school. Many years later the time capsule was unsealed and what a shock to see some of the items that were placed in there.  Now normally viewing older photos from say the 80’s always brings a laugh (the neon, the hair, the leg warmers) but after walking around New York City one day I can see that many of them are “laugh worthy” styles are coming back.  Ugh! 

But I move on.  The online site Capzles is a social storytelling site, that allows the user to upload pictures, videos, documents, blog posts, and music to create interactive timelines.  And if you don’t  have the time to upload everything, not to worry, simply send your images in hard format to Capzles and they will create one for you.  But really, isn’t more fun to do it yourself? Once created you can upload the capzle to Facebook, or through email.  It is a fun way to share your memories or moments with others.

Now since I bring all of my posts back to the library somehow…how does this work for the library or the school you might be asking?  When I have author visits, I create a Capzle from start to finish, from promotion of the author, to the speech, to autographing sessions, etc.  They I can upload the link to the library’s website.  Science classes use Capzles to document experiments; history classes find that creating an interactive timeline keeps the interest of the students; and language arts classes choose to use Capzles instead of standard written reports.  This site provides countless ways for online storytelling and it really allows the students, and teachers, to become as creative as they can.  But don’t take my word for it. Here is a link to a video that helps explain how Capzles is used in the classroom.



Video on how to use

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Connecting books to….everything

Ever read a book and you thought, hey such and such a character reminds of this person from that other book?  Or if you read a history book and you thought, wow I would love to read more about this man.  Or how about, wow I know exactly the place they are talking about I always wanted to go there.  Well imagine being able to create links to all of the small, large or medium details of the books you love together.  How about being able to connect a group of character types to each other? Why not create links to areas you read about in books that you always wanted to go to. Well now you can.  With Small Demons a website which allows you to connect your interests to the small details in books that you might obsess over.  This site allows you create a personal list of reading materials that can connect based on subject, person, genre, even character.

How does this work for the classroom though?  Language arts teachers can use this for genre studies, can use this for character studies connect similar types together.  Science teachers can use this too, if you are working on a lesson for the environment you can connect books where the environment is destroyed by natural disasters, connect nonfiction books to the subjects as well. This site is not mention for only fiction of course.  Connect movies, TV, and personalities as well.  This is a great way to use books to tell the story of your lesson.


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Storymaking for Elementary Students

Some of the best stories I have ever heard are not from adults, they are from kids. And 9 times out of 10 the younger they are the more I love them.  But many times the story is just words, nothing to help animate the wildly imaginative story.  Well there is now an app to help.  Super Duper StoryMaker is an app that was designed with primary students in mind, in order to help with their storytelling.  With StoryMaker a child can create picture and photos stories that can be shared with friends and family through email or simply printing it out.  Parents and teachers alike enjoy this app for the assistance it provides in reading, sequencing, vocabulary, grammar, following directions, as well as interacting with others.

 There are two basic screens to StoryMaker–the Create a Story and the Tell a Story.  With Create a Story one can choose from over 800 places, items and people; you can even upload your own photos, record your voice and other sounds. Even add handwriting drawings.  Once done read the story aloud, or let the app do this of your. Print, save and even email your stories to other.  There are two versions of StoryMaker a free one and one that costs $4.99. However, with the free one, you are unable to save, print or email your story.

Try it today with your little one.




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Ker-what? Kerpoof!!!

Digital storytelling is great way to have students get creative in with their writing.  It assists those who work better using visual prompts to help spark their writing, and it aides in progression of a student’s story.  It is not only used for fiction writing though, more often than not teachers are seeing digital storytelling used in projects for science, and history. 

A prime example was I  had a student who was doing to report on Ellis Island.  He wrote his report through the eyes of an immigrant coming through, and used a digital storytelling site to show the journey his character took, all the while using factual information to explain the history of Ellis Island. 

There are many sites out there, and I have mentioned a few, but one that should be recognized is Kerpoof.  Kerpoof is an Award Winning site that is sponsored by Disney and was developed for the purpose providing a creative outlet for children and adults.  However, the educational world saw how this site can foster the creative process for students for a variety of projects.  Kerpoof can be used to design your own artwork; make an animated movie (it’s very easy); create a book to tell a story; and print cards, t-shirts, and other products.

Teachers will find this site fun to use for students of all ages and for all subjects.  Use as a story starter; test reading comprehension; biology lessons; and even use for biography projects.  This site is free to  use but some elements require payment.  Students can also earn Koins that will allow them to purchase items at the Kerpoof store (don’t worry all items are for use in future projects and are not physical items).   Check out today and see how you might be able to use in your own classroom or just your home.


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