Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Apps for Digital Storytelling: Easy and Awesome!

There are two apps that can be used for creating digital stories that I highly recommend.  They are easy to use and can be used for all age levels.  One is called StoryKit and the other one is StoryRobe.  They both work on an iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.  StoryKit is free and allows the user to use pictures, text and voice to create a story.  Students can use it to take pictures of their field trip with narrative notes, record their lab experiment with a narrative, do creative writing projects, conduct interviews, and create any other project where they would like to tell a story.  They can take their own pictures for the project, narrate their story verbally to go with the pictures and add text for emphasis.  When the story is completed it can be shared via the web! Viewers can have the story read to them or chose to read it on their own.   The web address is private so that teachers and students can share it with whomever they wish.  The story will also be on their mobile device for easy viewing. 

StoryRobe works much the same way, except that the story is only told verbally and you have the options of uploading the story to YouTube or emailing it to someone.  StoryRobe costs only 99 cents. Even if you share your digital story, it will still remain on your mobile device for easy viewing just like StoryKit.

Both of these apps are wonderful for creating alternate means of assessments for students, recording important information, taking verbal notes with pictures, creating literature, and sharing information.  Any content area can use this technology.  Please check these apps out at the urls below.  I give both of these apps a 2 thumbs up!

StoryKit:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storykit/id329374595?mt=8
StoryRobe:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storyrobe/id337670615?mt=8