Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Digital Storytelling -

DigiTales (Bernajean Porter) -

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ISTE Standards: Due to the creative, student-directed, tech-centered approach to video production, all six of the ISTE standards for students are incorporated into green screen projects.
  • Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Communication and collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
  • Research and information fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  • Digital citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • Technology operations and concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
Common Core State Standards: Depending on what project content you use video production for, the recordings should serve as creative communication to demonstrate mastery levels of strategies and skills aligned with Common Core Subject Areas.


Digital Storytelling Toolkit

iPad Apps

Prompted Writing Apps

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Write About This [FREE + $3.99 FULL Version]

Write About This is a visual text + voice writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! Students have writing, voice recording and publishing options for their storytelling.Free version provides more than 50 leveled text & voice prompts [Full Version contains 375+ text/voice prompts] and the ability to try the custom prompt creation and digital publishing tools! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity.

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Tell About This [FREE + $3.99 FULL Version]

Tell About This is an easy platform to inspire and capture young children or ESL student thoughts and stories who are just beginning to master their written skills! A child’s curiosity and imagination will be easy to capture through their voice-telling even if their writing skills have not developed YET!! Writers respond to interesting photo text+ voice-based prompts with voice recordings. Teachers / parents can craft custom prompts and add profiles to personalize the storytelling experience! "It's so easy for the little ones to use! It prompted them to use complete sentences and dig deeper into their retelling skills."

Video Editing for Film Making Apps

iMovie [Free on iPad]

iMovie helps you turn the HD video you shoot on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a masterpiece worthy of the red carpet (or just the one in your living room). Choose from 14 trailer templates with stunning graphics and original scores by some of the world’s top film composers. Record video for your trailer right in iMovie. Choose from 8 unique themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. Note: NO green screen feature in APP version. Does not render in real-time. Publishs directly to many common sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

Green Screen Movie-Making Apps

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Green Screen by Do Ink [$2.99]

This Green Screen APP steps up your chroma key options by suing both still images as well as live video or archived prepared video clips as backgrounds. It also supports multiple tracks to mix up to THREE image sources that can include custom Animation by Do Ink. AND it's easy - I have used had Third graders use with ease! It's not free but . . . cannot say enough how awesome this APP will prove to be in your film-making projects. It's worth the money!!! And you will only need 1 or 2 iphones/ipads available for class projects. See an overview. [Click Here]

DoInk Tutorial -

Creating Talking Photos Apps

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ChatterPix for Kids [FREE]
ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that you and your students can use to turn pictures into talking, animated images. Easier than Morfo but still VERY effective for role-playing or docudramas. Practice "performing voices." To create a talking picture just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from your iPad’s camera roll. After taking the picture just draw in a face and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Your recording can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. View how it works [Click Here]

Puppetry Apps


PuppetPals [FREE and $3.99 EXPANDED DIRECTOR's PASS]
Create your own animated stories. PuppetPals let you simply pick out the characters, drag them onstage and tap record. Movements and audio is recorded for your performance. If you get the Directors Pass [EXPANDED $3.99 version] you can upload a photo of yourself and join acting out a story of FairyTales, Pirates on the high seas, fight scary monsters or play the part of a wild west bandit. Create your own animated stories. PuppetPals let you simply pick out the characters, drag them onstage and tap record. Movements and audio is recorded for your performance. If you get the Directors Pass [EXPANDED $3.99 version] you can upload a photo of yourself and join acting out a story of FairyTales, Pirates on the high seas, fight scary monsters or play the part of a wild west bandit.

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Puppet Pals 2 [$4.99]
Puppet Pals 2 is an upgraded "PRO" version of the generic Puppet Pals letting students create amazing animated cartoons.Children unlock creativity with this easy to use (but hard to put down) interactive puppet show! Even young children can create high quality cartoons from their imaginations. Kids can even star in the show along side the built-in characters! Lots of historical characters and scenes!


Sock Puppets [Free]

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-sync videos and share them via iPad photo, Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-sync to your voice. Friends can work together with multiple puppets and create hilarious conversations. Record and share. Add more than 30 sec recording time for extra $$$. View a How-to Video [Click Here]

StoryMaking Apps

NEW! 3D ZooBurst [FREE]

ZooBurst books “live” online and can be experienced on your desktop or laptop computer, or on your iPad via the free ZooBurst mobile app. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials. Sound and voice overs are added - so this multimedia staging of storytelling comes alive!

NEW is the ZooBurst APP as acompanion to the online Zooburst - the iPad app engages augmented reality [aurasmas] to view any ZooBurst3D pop-up book in either "Screen" or "Camera" mode. In "Screen" mode you can rotate around your book by touching and dragging the screen using your finger. Tapping on a character with a floating "exclamation point" symbol will display any text or sound including voice associated with that item.

Book Creator

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Book Creator (called Book Creator for iPad for iOS) is an app where kids and grown-ups alike can create their own e-books. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their book. Images are brought in from your device's camera roll, and text is typed in the app itself. Images can be resized and repositioned, and text attributes can be changed. Books can have as many pages as needed and are saved as you go. A sample book is included in the app which also serves as a tutorial for learning how to use the app. Online help is also available via a link to your browser. Once users are done with their book, it can be opened in iBooks (iOS), saved as a video, or opened in any number of other apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, and others. It can also be sent over email or saved to iTunes (iOS).

Photostory 3

Microsoft Photo Story 3 helps you to create photo presentations. This program will allow you to make this process in a few steps since the only thing you need to do is to choose the sequence of pictures you want to present in your photo album. In addition, this utility makes possible to edit the photos you want to include in your photo album.

Once you have integrated the pictures, your project is ready for the rest of different elements that add an original touch to the presentation and make it much nicer.

Tellagami (rhymes with “origami”) is a mobile app for creating a custom animated video called a "gami." Users enter text or record audio and then choose from a range of outfits, skin tones, and hairstyles to create a custom character to deliver the recording. Users then place their character against a background selected from the free built-in options, from the device's photo library, or from among several background "packs" available for purchase within the app.



Green Screening

Why Green Screen?

Getting Started -

Great Info on Green Screening -

Video-Editing Green Screening

Green Screen APPS and Tools

Anything GREEN Disappears ~ Creating Green Screen Spaces

Buy a canvas, paint it with Gesso (a paint primer), then use cheap green tempura paint to color it.

Buy lime green micro fabric sheets [make sure EXTRA width and draping onto the floor.

Cover a board (wood or strong cardboard) with green construction paper.

Purchase a foldout screen from or instead of a full green screen kit.

Paint a room green.

Tack up green fabric on your wall.

Install green fabric on a shower curtain and install a rod so your green screen curtain can be pulled out when needed.

Purchase or create a lighting rig, and hang green cloth on it instead of lights.

Create a roller to roll the green screen out when needed and then rolled up when not needed.

Try using an old projection screen. Be sure to attach, roll, and extend the green fabric so that it is tight.

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The RIGHT GREEN increases Success of Realism

Why GREEN? Technically Any ONE color can be "chroma keyed." And blue is the most popular alternative especially if there is green on costumes or backgrounds. However, the green channel is considered the cleanest channel in most digital cameras today. The green channel has the highest luminance of all three (red, green and blue) digital channels, and thus the sensors deliver the least "noise" in that channel.
When creating your own green screen, finding the right color is important! The correct shade of green makes it easier for your computer to remove the green and show your chosen background. When looking for potential green-screen fabric, paper, or paint, think of the color of a Sprite bottle for the right color.

Green Screening using your IWB!!!!

Curriculum Ideas
Planet report -( DoInk)

Chester A. Arthur (VoiceThread) -

Grade 3 Communities:

Grade 2 Snowmen:

Grade 2 Clouds:

Animal Mixups -

Great example of using Doink Green Screen and Book Creator to create travel multimedia reports (3rd Grade) -

Wixie Ideas

Fantastic Examples from Tech4Learning

Wixie - Use animation and digital storytelling to engage students in informative/explanatory, narrative, and argument writing!


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