I still remember the storybooks I created when I was younger. They were made by stapling or gluing construction paper over notebook paper and illustrating the pages with crayons and marker. Students still enjoy creating physical storybooks, but now their stories can be preserved digitally forever with free web tools and apps. The tools and apps below make it easy for students to illustrate, animate, and share their stories with friends, family, and a wider audience. Not only can students create stories about any topic, but they also have the opportunity to be published authors which motivates many to continue reading and writing.
Tips and Ideas
The following are tips and ideas for further supporting students through the process:
- Students can create their own storybooks, work in pairs, or contribute to a class storybook.
- Provide students with templates, checklists, and rubrics.
- Read, Write, Think has several interactives that walk students through the story creation process- Story Map, Literary Elements, Flip Books, the Hero’s Journey, Story Cube, and Fractured Fairy Tales.
- Walk students through the self and peer editing process.
- Students can create stories that retell history, portray themselves as superheroes, set in the future, highlight different cultures, or to teach others math, the alphabet, or to be better citizens. The choice of topics is endless!
Tools and Apps for Creating Digital Storybooks
- Book Creator (opens in new tab)– Web, iOS and Android app to create and publish digital books with personal photos, audio, video, and more.
- Elementari (opens in new tab)– Create a free class account for up to 30 students. Students use the web tool to create a storybook with sounds, animations, shapes, and more.
- Buncee– Web tool and iOS app to create and publish a digital storybook with free library of animations, stickers, templates, frames, stock photos, video, audio, and more.
- Storybird (opens in new tab)– Web tool that is easy to create a written storybook. Students choose art created by professional artists and add their words and ideas.
- My Storybook (opens in new tab)– This web tool requires no registration and is simple to use with very young learners and elementary students. Children create a storybook with drawings, images, characters, and more.
- Storyjumper (opens in new tab)– Choose characters and backgrounds to visualize a written story. Not able to embed.
- BoomWriter (opens in new tab)– Create collaborative class storybooks. Features include peer editing and a voting process.
- Google Slides and Docs are also great free options. Students can easily search and insert images, add video clips, and more! Student collaboration is easy and students have access to accessibility features and translation tools. Publish as PDFs or embed as a slideshow.
To thank you for your sharing, friendship and support over the years I am sharing free tips, learning resources, web tools and apps for 25 days in my Digital December STEM Advent Calendar (opens in new tab). Just click on the calendar below and a post will appear for that day. NOTE! The post will not appear until that day. If you enjoy these resources, then take one of my fully accredited continuing education and graduate online courses (opens in new tab) or check out my latest book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions (opens in new tab)!
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Shelly Terrell is a Technology and Computer teacher, education consultant, and author of books including Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom. Read more at teacherrebootcamp.com.