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What is Digital Storytelling?

  • Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. - Digital Storytelling Association
    • Click here to view the Digital Storytelling Bulldog Tech Challenge.

Scaffolding Ideas

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Types of Digital Stories

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Planning and Storyboarding

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Student Examples


Digital Storytelling with Web 2.0 Tools

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  • Click here to be re-directed to VoiceThread.
  • Looking for directions to share with students? Click here to download a 4 page tutorial. Alternatively, you can view the embedded version below.

  • Click here to view / download the VoiceThread resource manuals.
  • Click here to view How To guides.
  • Click here to be re-directed to the VoiceThread Digital Library; a database of articles about successful VoiceThread projects. After viewing some of the samples in the Digital Library, you will be inspired to create a VoiceThread of your own!
  • Looking for ideas for using VoiceThread in the classroom? Take a look at the presentation embedded below.


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  • Click here to be re-directed to Animoto
  • Click here to learn more about how to sign up and get started!
  • Once registered with a FREE Educator account, click here to learn how to generate student accounts.
  • Tips for Classroom Use:
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  • Animoto Examples:
  • Animoto Tutorials:
    • Looking for directions to share with students? Click here to download a 4 page tutorial. Alternatively, you can view the embedded version below.
    • For a quick overview of Animoto, view the video embedded below.

Websites for Copyright Friendly Images

  • Discovery Education STREAMING Images(*subscription required)
    • Discovery Education STREAMING has ~30,000 images that educators and students can utilize in the classroom. One of the best parts is that each image has a built-in zoom feature if you preview the large image file, images can be downloaded in three file sizes, and each image has an embedded citation in three formats (MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style). Educators and students are invited to use these images in multimedia projects/presentations, but since this is a subscription-based service, all content should live behind a password protected site.
  • StockVault
    • From their website: “Stockvault’s sole purpose is to collect and archive medium and high resolution photographs that designers and students can share and use for their personal and non-commercial design work.”
  • Pics4Learning
    • From their website: “Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.”
  • Flickr Creative Commons Search
    • With the Flickr Creative Commons Search, you can filter for creative commons content. Once you locate an image, you have the ability to download it in multiple sizes.
  • Creative Commons Search
    • This tool searches the the services/content provided by other organizations and displays content licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) license. Though it filters for Creative Commons images, you should always verify that the work is actually licensed under a CC license by following the link to the source.
  • RGBStock
    • From their website: "All images on RGBStock are free for personal and commercial use. You may use them in digital format on websites, blogs, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video or in printed material such as magazines, books, brochures, flyers and text books. If you wish to use an image to print on items offered on sites like Cafe Press and Zazzle, to print them on any form of canvas or template for sale or re-distribution or for any purpose that is not specified in our Image License or Terms of Use you only need to contact the artist for written permission."
  • Kozzi
    • From their website: "Get Unlimited High Quality Photos, Clipart For Free. No Catch! Download any stock photos and vector images in the free category absolutely free of charge for both personal and business usage."

General Digital Storytelling Resources and Tutorials