5 thoughts on “Top 10 Digital Story Telling Tools

  1. It’s simple. Storytelling is broken online. We’ve fixed it.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    * Heekya is the Wikpedia of Stories, a social storytelling platform that is changing the way consumers create, share, and discover stories. Free. Fun. Easy. 60 seconds. See it here: http://heekya.com/preview.php
    * What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) drag and drop story editor. Import all media (photo, video, text, and audio) from third party services (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, etc.)
    * Users grab and embed Heekya story widget across social networks (Facebook, MySpace, et. al) blogs (wordpress, blogger, twitter) personal websites and via e-mail and instant message.
    * Ability to re-mix and mashup other stories, retelling them from a consumers own vantage point, that will keep user engagement levels high and attract more traffic virally, as people share and re-share stories.

    Storytelling is at the core of human existence. We’re building Heekya to unlock powerful stories of people all over the world and empower them to share their story with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

  2. Response to alijoy: Our social studies book gives a very limited amount of information on the United States history from 1753 until 2003. Our main goal is to only introduce these historical dates as later grades cover it in depth. After presenting them with a powerpoint that previewed the book’s information but with much greater detail, I had them use a specific search engine for historical documents and photos. I review that search engine at http://www.recessduty.wordpress.com (third from the bottom of the home page – starts with National). They were to find 8 pictures that directly related to their topic. After signing up with the educational aspect of Animoto, students created their accounts. With the educational account, students have full access to all of Animoto’s features – OUTSTANDING – as many videos run longer than the free 30 second clips. After completing the project, students downloaded the Animoto video to their computer and then uploaded it to Edmodo, a microblogging site that we use in our 80 student house setting. (I explain Edmodo at recessduty.wordpress.com)
    Timeline:
    Research = 1 day
    Animoto = 2 days
    Publication To Edmodo = 1/2 day
    It was an awesome project that incorporated 21st century skills with technology. By the way, I have six desktop computers and 10 laptops. Students worked in partners.
    Use Animoto – it is outstanding!

    Side Note: four students have already created their own personal Animoto videos on fun stuff for them. They have even sent it to their iPod touches!

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Lisa,
    I like your list and like you, wonder if Animoto is any better than PhotoStory3. I guess that with Animoto you can easily work on it at home.
    I’d also suggest Mac software such as iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD for doing digital storytelling. Obviously you need a Mac to use these.
    At the end of 2008 I made a digital story for my daughter’s year level as a celebration of them leaving the Junior School – I used iMovie as the main tool and then iDVD to author it to DVD.
    I also helped a colleague to do one for her Year 4 class using PhotoStory3.
    PhotoStory3 was a little quicker, made a similar product but was not quite as good quality wise.
    iMovie took longer but the end product was of a better quality (ie when watched on a large screen tv).
    I’ll have to have a look at “Voki” and “Myths & Legends” I’m not familiar with these.

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