Becoming a StoryMaker: Crafting Engaging Digital Tales
Sunday, June 12, 2016; 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Dr. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) for graciously sharing some of his resources.

Session Description: Explore for story making and telling with digital tools. Discover apps you can use, learn practical tips, and examine using an oral storytelling approach to help young learners tell stories using the iPad.

  1. Introductions (2:00 - 2:15 PM)
    1. Welcome
    2. Facilitator Introduction
    3. Participant Introductions
    4. Access to Workshop Resources 
      1. Introducing OneNote app
      2. My TCEA Tots Notes -
    5. Reflection: "What is ONE story that touches your heart about your family that you could share with us today?"
  1. SlideDeck Presentation - Becoming a StoryMaker (2:15 - 2:30 PM)
    1. Approaches to Storytelling: Oral vs Written
    2. Story types per Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wesfryer):
      1. Narrated Art - A narrated art project includes an image, which can be a drawing or photo, shared with accompanying audio narration. Paper Slide Videos (PSVs) fall into this category or the next. (Example - Rachel's Art)
      2. Digital Stories - A digital story is a multimedia movie that combines photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often a narrative voice to communicate a message. (Example - Lillie and John)
        1. What makes a hero? – Matthew Winkler (4.5 min, from TEDed)
        2. Four Steps to Great Content from Vimeo’s Video School (12 min)
      3. Narrated Slideshow - Narrated slideshows include audio recordings synchronized to images with/without hand-drawn annotations (Example - Volcano)

  1. Creating Your Digital Story Today (2:30 - 3:45 PM)
    1. Divide up into groups of 2 or 3, or work alone if you prefer. Teams may want to select a topic.
    2. Select what approach you would like to try and get the software/app you need for your device.
    3. Storyboard your story. You can try either the oral composition or written approach.
    4. Record your story.
    5. Share your story online at My Creations as a link or save it there.


  1. Reflections and Feedback (3:45 - 4:00 PM)
    1. Please take a moment to reflect (audio!) online at My Creations.
    2. Offer someone feedback on their creation.



7 Story Prompts or Ideas via Dr. Bernajean Porter, DigiTales book
(Door Prize!) -


  1. Create a myth about the origins of a modern-day invention to share with future generations.
  2. Create myths of “how things came to be” in your life, family, school, or business.
  3. Change a current event into a tall tale or myth.
  4. Develop a legend of a family member’s life or accomplishments.
  5. Create legends or tall tales of a literary character, mathematical concept, or social studies event.
  6. Create the storytelling journey of a leaf eaten by an earthworm. Make the facts come alive from beginning to end as if you were one of the digestive parts along the way.
  7. Be a literary, scientific, or historical character sharing a defining moment when a choice you made touched the world forever. 
Digital Storytelling Apps
  1. My Favorite Apps
    1. Shadow Puppet EDU (iOS only)
    2. Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard 
      (Android, iOS, Chromebook)
    3. Storymaker 2 (Android only)
    4. Touchcast (iOS only)
    5. Adobe Voice (iOS only)
    6. Adobe Spark (web and iOS app)
    7. VideoCraft (iOS only)
    8. Book Creator+ Comics
    9. Magisto (iOS/Android)
    10. Educreations (app+web site)
    11. Strip Designer ($2.99)
  2. Green Screen Tools
    1. Green Screen by DoInk (iOS) - Video & Photos
    2. Green Screen Pro (Try Free Before You Buy | $1.99)
    3. Examples
      1. Become a SuperHero (add green materials to chairs /desks and make them invisible)
      2. Book Trailer (watch the series of book trailers!)
      3. Film a Thank You or Holiday portrait note to a classroom visitor or guest speaker
      4. Make a commercial for a product.
      5. News/Morning Broadcasts (Local School news and events) (Video: How to be a news reporter)
      6. Summarize what is going on in class - student groups can take turns.
      7. Take a Stand - Advocate for a particular viewpoint or cause.
      8. Tour Your School
      9. Weather Broadcast (local / international weather)
      10. History Topic / Time Travel (Travel to a specific day or time in history)
      11. Music Video (could involve school band).
      12. Sports video  (SourcesWeAreTeachers &  TrakAx

  3. Collecting Student Work (iOS Only)
    1. Seesaw Digital Portfolio, Student Data Collection and More!