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Dabble with Digital Storytelling

may 8, 2013

Since our early ancestors gathered around a campfire, stories have become a way for us to connect. Pens, typewriters, and cameras have added significantly to storytelling over the years. Fast forward to the 21st Century and enter the world of digital storytelling. Computers, tablets, and smartphones combined with Web 2.0 tools allow us to capture stories in a media-rich setting and allow us to share them with an audience on a global scale. Teachers, as well as, students can use technology to publish their creative ideas, strengthening their writers’ voices. Here are some Web 2.0 Tools to consider:

Collaborative Storytelling

Storybird is a free site where students can create short, art-inspired stories from a bank of interesting illustrations. Known for its kid-friendly format, Storybird narratives are easily shared on any device once completed. Teachers can sign up for a free account, invite students, and track class projects. Poems and narrative stories are just a few of the possibilities with Storybird. View Storybird introductory video to the right.

Check out these other sites for more online storytelling opportunities.

For more technology tools and resources, follow Nadine Gilkison, District Technology Integration Specialist K-12 Franklin Township Schools, on www.fttechtips.com or @nadinegilkison on Twitter.

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