Tonight I will be sharing some digital storytelling resources with one of Dr. Denise Stuart’s graduate classes here at The University of Akron.  I’m primarily planning to do some live demos of a variety of web-based and iOS options, but here are a few examples of published work from a few of the resources I’ll show. The complete list of resources I’m sharing are available from this Google Doc.


A short piece that incorporates text and music to tell the story of a pumpkin’s lifecycle. The images used were created win Powerpoint and saved as .jpeg files. Those .jpegs were imported into Animoto for sequencing and audio integration. The finished story is available to view online or as an embedded video.

Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.

Little Bird Tales

Little Bird Tales was created to help nurture children’s creativity and imagination while simultaneously creating one of a kind childhood treasures that can easily be shared. We are dedicated to providing a safe web environment for children, free of advertising, merchandising and links to other sites.

Here are a few links to completed stories. We used this web-app with 1st-5th graders last summer at our Camp Digi-Lit summer camp.


I love this app as a quick and easy way for students or teachers to record audio podcasts. It has a nice Twitter integration, so sharing your story via social media is a snap. The web side allows you to listen to audio files through a browser and also embed your ‘boos’ any place that accepts HTML code.

Sock Puppets

This is a great little free app that users can use to create their own sock puppet stories. The app comes with a base set of puppets, backgrounds and scenery that can be incorporated. The finished stories can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook or saved in other formats.


Get this app while it is free. When it was originally release, I think it was priced around the $3.99 point. I like this app because of the scaffolding it provides related to the writing process. It allows you to publish your finished digital stories to their companion website,  Toon Tube.