E-learning with web 2.0


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- ► category - Digital storytelling is not a tool as such, but rather a technique which can involve a whole variety of different web 2.0 tools. Many of the most appropriate web 2.0 tools are available in app versions which can be used on mobile devices. There are also many mobile-only apps which are appropriate tools for digital storytelling (see Going Mobile below).

- ► what - Digital storytelling involves creating multimodal, or multimedia, narratives. It may be seen in some ways as a subset of data visualisation. A digital story typically involves some combination of text, images, audio and/or video, as seen in the digital story about Barack Obama shown above (created with the free Capzles software). Because digital storytelling, as noted above, it is a technique rather than a tool, it can make use of a whole variety of different tools such as those listed under below under Where.
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- ► why - Digital stories may be individually or collaboratively created, and may be static, dynamic or even interactive. They offer an ideal opportunity for students to hone their multimedia literacy skills and to practise creating effective multimodal messages for target audiences. The final products may well find their way into PLEs or e-portfolios. Because of the way it draws together a range of literacy, presentation, and ICT skills, digital storytelling is becoming an increasingly common educational activity. For a student perspective on the value of digital storytelling, see the video on the right.

- ► how - For useful educational ideas and resources, see Helen Barrett's Digital Storytelling, Palmyra's Digital Storytelling, Tri Valley School's list of Digital Storytelling links, and the University of Houston's Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling.

- ► where - Option 1 There are two main tool types for creating digital stories. Some tools can be used to create manual digital stories, which require users to interact with them, for example by clicking through from one section to the next, or opening photos, launching audio files and videos, and so on. However, many digital stories created with these tools could potentially be turned into automated digital stories in the form of videos, captured using screencast software. The tools themselves can be easily accessed on the web, and any videos created from the digital stories can be shared online using videosharing services.

-------------Tool Type or Format-------------

------------ ---Examples of Tools---

--- -- -------

Comic
Bitstrips
Ben10 Comic Creator
British Council Comic Strip Makers
Cambridge English Online Cartoon Maker
Comic Life
Comic Strip Creator
Comic Master
CreatorDisney
Garfield Comic Creator
Graphix Comic Builder
Kabam!
Lego (City Comic Builder)
Lego (Star War Comic Builder)
Make Beliefs Comix
Marvel
Pixton
PBS Kids (Arthur)
Rage Maker
Stripgenerator
Stripcreator
ToonDoo
TVO Kids
Witty Comics
WriteComics
Storybook
British Council Story Maker
Learn Direct
Little Bird Tales
Mixbook
Pinky Dinky Doo
Storybird
StoryJumper
ZooBurst
Timeline
Capzles
Dipity
Intoloop
MyHistro
OurStory
Tiki-Toki
Timerime
Timetoast
Annotated picture
Annotation Pilot
Easy Screen Capture and Annotation
Ink2Go
iPhotoDraw
Pixstick
Skitch
Szoter
VoiceThread
Multimodal poster
Glogster
Thingling
Museum Box
Web Poster Wizard
Multimodal mind map
Mindjet Mind Manager
Popplet
Stormboard
Social scrapbook
Smilebox
Social Scrapbook
Flipbook
BenettonPlay
1stFlip Flibook Creator
FBO
Flipping Book
FlipHTML5
FlipBook Creator
FlipBook Maker
Flip Page Maker
FlipSnack
Free Flip Book Maker
iGooSoft
Kvisoft
PageFlip-Flap
Read Write Think
VeryPDF Flipbook
Youblisher
Xflip

Option 2 The second set of digital storytelling tools allows the creation of automated digital stories which, once launched, run by themselves in either audio or, more commonly, video format. These audio and video files can be easily accessed and shared online.

-------------Tool Type or Format-------------

---------------Examples of Tools---------

-------------Audio or Video Format------------

Podcast
Audacity
GarageBand (Mac)
See also: Audio editing tools
Audio format only
Slideshow
PowerPoint
Prezi
Empressr
Kizoa
Video format,
usually created after adding a narrative
voiceover & saving the file as a video
Vodcast
iMovie (Mac)
Windows Movie Maker (PC)
See also: Video editing tools
Video format
Animation
Dvolver
GoAnimate
Muvizu
Video format
Machinima
In-built video capture tools
in virtual worlds
or gaming environments
Video format


- ► going mobile - A number of the tools listed above under Where are available in mobile app versions. In addition, there are numerous mobile-only apps which are appropriate for creating digital stories. The tools below can be used on Android or Apple iOS smart devices. Search for them in the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store. Some are available in free versions. These kinds of digital storytelling apps make it easy to create template-based digital stories, and are highly suitable for young or digitally inexperienced learners. Note, however, that users are often restricted to preset templates, and it may be difficult to export and share work. The digital stories created are in some cases only viewable by others who have the same app running on the same operating system.

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-- App Type or Format-----

---------------App Name---------------

------Android or iOS------

--------Pro Version------------

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Animation
Puppet Pals
iOS
Yes
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Animation
Sock Puppets
iOS
Yes
(Free Version with
Additional Features)
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Animation (TV show featuring
real video footage)
TeleStory
iOS
No
App-Toontastic.png
Animation
Toontastic
iOS
No
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Explanation
Explain Everything
Android and iOS
Yes
App-SmartNotebook.png
Smartboard
SMART Notebook
iOS
Yes
App-BookCreator.png
Storybook
Book Creator
Android and iOS
Yes
App-CreativeBookBuilder.png
Storybook
Creative Book Builder
Android and iOS
Yes
App-eBookMagic.png
Storybook
eBook Magic
iOS
Yes
App-LittleStoryMaker.png
Storybook
Little Story Maker
iOS
No
App-StorybookMaker.png
Storybook
Storybook Maker
iOS
Yes
App-StoryBuddy.png
Storybook
StoryBuddy 2
StoryBuddy Jr
iOS
Yes
App-StoryCreator.png
Storybook
Story Creator
iOS
Yes
App-StoryMaker.png
Storybook
StoryMaker
Android
Yes
App-Storehouse.png
Visual storytelling
Storehouse
iOS
Yes

- ► examples - Good examples of digital stories include the Russian Mission School's Outside is our School (PowerPoint link at end of page) or the Marshall School Cultural Identity (a VoiceThread narrative). For an example of a timeline created with Tiki Toki, see Marc Scott's History of Australian Broadcasting. Further examples of digital stories and other multimedia documents created by students and teachers may be found at Talk with Media. Helen Barrett's Digital Storytelling page links to an extensive array of examples.

- ► dangers - If students show their faces or reveal their identities in digital stories, it may be advisable to share them only in password-protected online spaces. Where students plan on sharing their work more widely, it may be appropriate to discourage them from revealing their identities.

- ► more - For academic and journalistic references about digital storytelling, see the E-learning references page. You'll also find current information in the E-learning tag cloud.



Credits: The Barack Obama digital story above was created with Capzles software; the original can be seen here. I owe the "Digital Storytelling - Student Perspective" video to Jennie Sutherland, the Palmyra link to Dorothy Yu, and the Russian Mission School and Marshall School links to Debra Hoven.

Contact: There's no such thing as a finished wiki. Like all wikis, this one is a work in progress and there will be changes from time to time in organisation, content and links. However, don't let that stop you from contacting me at any time with comments, suggestions or questions.