Share this post

7 Tech Tools to Capture Stories: Creation Apps & Websites

A few weeks ago I heard the amazing Katie Cunningham discuss the power of storytelling – check out her new book here. She shared some of the ways you can support student storytellers and it got me thinking… how can we use technology tools to capture stories? I’ve put together a list of my favorite creation apps and websites to help you leverage technology tools to help students tell their stories.

What I love about this list of tools is how you can tailor them to the needs of your students. Maybe your kids will tell their stories through voice recordings or a slideshow of pictures. Some students might write a thousand words in one sitting while others will retell a special moment in just a few sentences. The creation apps and websites featured below will let students capture stories with your guidance and support.

7 Tech Tools to Capture StoriesHere are seven technology tools to capture stories:

Shadow Puppet can be used to snap pictures and create a slideshow. It’s perfect for students who can tell a story by narrating a series of images.

Spark Page lets students create a webpage with a combination of images, text, video and hyperlinks. The final creations are absolutely stunning and perfect for documenting a special event.

Spark Video is a super simple moviemaking tool for students of all ages. It records your voice on every slide and gives students lots of choices to set the mood of their story with themes and music.

Book Creator is a very popular app students can use to make interactive eBooks. Your students can combine lots or a little text with video and voice recordings.

Storyboard That gives students a space to layout a story like a comic book. There are lots of options for characters, voice bubbles and backgrounds.

Buncee is a terrific creation tool for student storytellers. Students can collaborate to tell stories together making it great for students working in partners.

Toontastic is a dynamic app I loved using with my students. It lets students create characters ready to move across the screen and explore different worlds.

Interested in turning students into creators in your classroom? Download this free poster with more tips!

Have you used these tools? Is there a favorite I should add to this list? Share in the comments below!

Stay up-to-date on all things EdTech.

EdTech tips and resources for educators, straight from Monica’s desk every Monday. Don’t miss a thing. 

Share this post:

Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

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.

Share this post:
Keep Reading
Free Planning Pages
Free gift: Weekly Planner Pages for Teachers and Educators

Start every week with a plan and stay organized this school year!

Free summer Checklist

Sign up for EdTech Tips Newsletter from Monica Burns

5 Things to Do Now to Make Tech Easier in the New School Year

Free eBook
Free Gift: Spring Cleaning - 10 Quick Tips to Organize Your Google Drive

Spring Cleaning with an EdTech twist!