Digital Storytelling Tools

a list of web 2.0 tools for digital story telling

Mind Mapping Your Ideas
use the following resources to collect and organize your ideas

Text2MindMap – Simple online mind mapping tool – Another free web application that lets you brainstorm online
MindNode – Free mindmap download for Mac (also for iPhone/iTouch)


Simple Storyboard – six frames and narration space
Advanced Storyboard – three frames, transition, narration, notes

Create a Character

Simpsonize Me – Create an original Simpson character
Wii Mii – Create a Mii character
WeeWorld – Create a character for WeeWorld (grab – don’t register)
Yahoo Avatar – Create a character using Yahoo
Build Your Wild Self – Build a character from NY Zoo/Aquarium

Online Story Creation Tools

VoiveThread – Collaborative, multimedia slide shows
Digital Storyteller – web-based story creation tool with access to digital images and materials
Animoto – make amazing videos from photos, movie clips, music etc.

Online Audio and Video Creating/Editing Tools

Aviary – Photo-editing, logos, web templates, filters, color palettes, screen capture & more

Animation Tools

Online Web 2.0 Apps

XtraNormal – create text-to-animation movies online
FluxTime Studio – create simple animation and send it via email (education accounts available – annual membership fees apply)
FlipBook! – make a simple animated story (limited to 100 frames)
Fuzzwich – Make your own minivid animation
Make Beliefs Comix – Create your own comic strip online
Blabberizer – Animate a picture and have it say what you want

Free Stop Motion Resources

SAM Animation – free stop motion software developed by Tufts University

Purchase Stop Motion Software

Frames – educational software for stop-motion animation, claymation, and digital storytelling
iStopMotion – professional stop motion animation tool


Creative Commons Search – image search from Flickr, Google Images, etc.

Sounds and Music

Absolute Sound Effects Archive – free sounds and music to download
SoundJay – free sound effects web site
Audacity – software to record and edit sounds (free download)
iSpeak – software for your Mac will say whatever you type (free download)

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