Digital Storytelling and Literacy Resources for Kids

Digital Storytelling and Literacy Resources for Kids

Looking for fun resources for teaching literacy that won’t break your budget? Here are some of my favorites.

Talking Tom Cat: Kids talk to Tom, and he repeats in a funny voice everything that’s said. Within seconds, the students’ words are recorded as a video of Tom talking that can be uploaded to YouTube and Facebook or sent by email.

StoryKit: Create an electronic storybook by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voices, and more.

Fotobabble: Quickly create and easily share talking photos in three steps.

StoryCorps: Listen to the weekly interview; share life stories via email, Facebook, and Twitter; get tips for recording interviews on mobile devices.

Read Me Stories—Children’s Books: A different talking picture book every day teaches children new concepts and new words and how to say them.

Puppet Animation Lite: Kids animate uploaded images or sample puppets and animate them by choosing Swing, Elastic, or Scaling; they save the animation as a GIF to send via email or Twitter.

Library of Congress Virtual Tour for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: Highlights exhibitions and architectural features and includes photos, audio, links, and video.

Animoto: Upload images, choose a soundtrack from the library, and click a button to make a 30-second video. Sync your video with your animoto .com account, download it for offline viewing, and make longer videos with an All-Access Pass.

K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite: 25 short, engaging stories for K–4 readers that feature a variety of fiction and nonfiction and 10 Flesh-Kincade reading levels.

Tales2Go: Free for 30 days. Instant, on-demand, and unlimited access to more than 1,200 stories from leading audio publishers and storytellers.

Chicktionary Lite: The chicken bobs its head and clucks when kids use one of their letters to make a word. The “beak sneak” option fills in one letter of each of the words not yet found.

Kid Apps: 13 in 1: Thirteen applications including math games, more than 600 flash cards, interactive tracing drills, the ABC s, counting, vocabulary, number and letter tracing, a Math Whiz quiz, a musical-instrument vocabulary, words for (and pictures of) things around the house, and more.

—Shelly Terrell is an educator and guest blogger on