Digital Storytelling

There are many different definitions of “Digital Storytelling,” but in general, they all
revolve around the idea of combining the art of telling stories with a variety of digital
multimedia, such as images, audio, and video. Just about all digital stories bring together
some mixture of digital graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to
present information on a specific topic.–

–“The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling” by Bernard R. Robin, University of Houston




Socrative Student Response System


Google Docs–Digital Storytelling Workshop 


Introduction to Digital Storytelling

The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling

Created by the Center for Digital Storytelling, these elements are often cited as a useful starting point as you begin working with digital stories.

Art, Storytelling, Technology, and Education

This site is loaded with everything about Digital Storytelling by professor Dr. Jason Ohler.

Digital Storytelling & Publishing

An overhwhelmingly inclusive collection of everything about digital storytelling compiled by Joyce Valenza and other fabulous librarians at the Springfield Township High School in PA.

D’Elia’s Diigo “Digital Storytelling” Bookmarks

Student Samples

Fifth Grade Book Trailers

Fifth Grade students from Mrs. D’Elia’s library classes created a book trailer for a favorite book using MovieMaker. See them all on the Read This Book! blog.


Jordan’s Movie


Storyboarding–Developing Your Digital Story

Storyboards are visual representations that aid in the the creation process of digital storytelling. Storyboards lay out images in sequential order to create the the flow of the production. They can also include technical aspects and explanations of design.

Storyboard Templates


Mrs. D’Elia’s Movie Template

Pages Storyboard Template

Creative Commons–Images and Audio

Pine Glen Library & Technology Center’s CC Page

Looking for images and audio that you are allowed to use without infringing on anyone’s copyright permissions? Here are lots of resources compiled by Mrs. D’Elia for all educators to use.


Scoring Guides by Digitales

Not too sure what you are supposed to assess in digital storytelling projects? First choose one of the communication types and then customize your scoring guide by checking ONLY the traits and elements you want to use at this time. Click on each keyword for descriptors.

Assessing Digital Stories and New Media Narratives

From Dr. Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling site, here is everything you could ever want to know about assessment of digital media.

Book Trailer Rubric

Here is the rubric that Mrs. D’Elia used for a fifth grade Book Trailer project.

Book Trailer Rubric

Storytelling Tools

Mrs D’Elia’s Favorite Storytelling Web Sites


Upload images, add voice or text, then share and create conversations.


Get inspired by using the beautifully illustrated artwork to write your own stories. Finished books can be purchased.


Create stories using original artwork and audio recordings.


Use the preloaded characters and backgrounds or create your own to make your own sharable (and printable) stories.


A whole suite of free image and sound editing and creation tools. I especially like Myna for creating audio recordings and podcasts.

PrimaryAcces MovieMaker

Combine text, audio, and primary source images into a movie.

Storytelling and Movie Making Software
iMovie for Macs
Movie Maker for Windows
Photostory 3 for Windows

Digital Storytelling Apps

Pine Glen’s collection of our 50 favorite apps. Click on the Storytelling Apps.

Not included in the above list is the VoiceThread app and the StoryKit app by The International Children’s Digital Library.

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