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7 Must-Have Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

The iPad is a powerful creation tool in the hands of students.  Digital storytelling activities empower children to recount moments from their own life, explain their understanding of a topic, or persuade an audience.  Across the content areas, digital storytelling apps can help students connect with a real audience and a chance for them to capture their own voice.

On iPads there are a variety of apps that turn students into creators and storytellers.  Students can use these apps independently to tell their own story or with a partner to create collaboratively.  You’ll want to outline a task, provide scaffolding where needed and give students space to be creative.  Each app on this list has exciting and unique features that can be tailored for a wide range of learners.

Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

Shadow Puppet EDU

With this narrated slideshow app students can snap a picture, import one from their device, and search through an extensive database.  Students can add their own voice to each photograph and even place text and stickers on the screen.


An amazing cartoon creation app, Toontastic has tons of features for students of all ages.  Using a traditional story arc as its base, this app gives students the ability to design a setting, sketch characters, and animate a scene along with their own narration.

Book Creator

Book Creator lets students decide what goes on each page of their own storybook.  It gives students the option to add text, record their own voice, and import pictures and videos.


The familiar computer software has a dedicated app for iPads.  iMovie includes editing features, trailer templates, and the ability to layer music and sounds over images.

Explain Everything

This screencasting app gives students the tools they need to explain their thinking about any topic.  It is the perfect choice for informational or persuasive writing that include multimedia components.

ChatterPix Kids

With this funny, student-friendly app, users take an image and slice open the mouth on the picture.  Students can record their voice telling a story from the perspective of a book character or historical figure.


This poster-making app lets students combine images, text, stickers, and video on a their screen.  It is colorful and dynamic so it can be tailored to lots of different activities.

Do you have a favorite Digital Storytelling tool for iPads? Share your suggestions and stories in the comments below!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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