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Apps and Sites for Storytelling

Storytelling is a very useful skill. It helps kids reel in listeners and requires them to remember material by heart. Use these fun apps and sites to help kids find their unique voice as storytellers, orators, individuals.

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Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
2.
Write About This
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
Grades Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
3.
Toontastic Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
Grades Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free - $19.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
4.
Kerpoof URL: http://www.kerpoof.com
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
Grades Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free - $4.39/month
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
5.
VoiceThread URL: https://www.voicethread.com
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
Grades Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free - $79/year
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
6.
StoryBuilder Publisher: Mobile Education Tools
Versatile resource helps kids with multi-sentence storytelling
Grades Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
7.
CAST UDL Book Builder URL: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books
Grades Grades 1-5
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
8.
StoryJumper URL: http://www.storyjumper.com/
Create illustrated books from scratch or from charming templates
Grades Grades 1-5
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
Monster Exchange URL: http://www.monsterexchange.org/
Draw, get descriptive with fun, kooky monster-based writing project
Grades Grades 2-6
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
10.
Pixton URL: http://www.pixton.com
Challenge kids with lively blend of comics and learning
Grades Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free - $60/year and up
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Book Creator for iPad Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish multimedia, digital books
Grades Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
12.
Make Beliefs Comix URL: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Comic creation tool stresses self-expression and upbeat messages
Grades Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
13.
GoAnimate for Schools URL: http://goanimate4schools.com/
Make professional-looking animations with easy-to-use tool
Grades Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price $99/year and up
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
14.
NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program URL: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Wildly engaging contest turns kids into novelists in 30 short days
Grades Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
15.
Fotobabble Publisher: Fotobabble, Inc
Talking photo maker a powerful storytelling tool, not-so-private
Grades Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
16.
Historypin Publisher: We Are What We Do
Innovative social tool encourages kids to connect the past and present
Grades Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
17.
Animoto Video Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video-slideshow tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
18.
Explain Everything Publisher: MorrisCooke
Powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations
Grades Grades 7-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
19.
Youth Voices URL: http://youthvoices.net/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
20.
Historypin URL: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
21.
TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4