Apps and Online Tools

Digital Storytelling

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.

Device Description


Mac or PC; apps for Android, Chromebook, iPad Animoto includes a 30 second (maximum) video for free during the trial. 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 1Example 2Example 3

Little Birdtales

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.
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
WeVideo wevideo 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 this link and iPads in Action.
Resource Name Device or App Description
Adobe Spark Adobe Spark iPad Spark lets you edit images, photos, add video and notes to creat a quick video story. A link is provided to your story URL.
30Hands 30 hands 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.
PuppetPals2 puppet pals iPad 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
sock puppet
iPad With Sock Puppet, you can create a free 30 second recording with six characters, and a variety of backgrounds and props. See iPads in Action for more information.
iPad, iPhone
There are free 30 second 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.
Videolicious videolicious iPad Free: combine video, weave in photos, music, and narrate (a favorite of reporters)
VoiceThread voice thread 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