My two favorite apps TeleStory and Toontastic have gone completely free on AppStore with all their great features unlocked as they are both acquired by Google.
TeleStory is a fun video creating app that uses the augmented reality video camera. The app gives you to a theme, background scenes, face costumes, cue cards and special effects to create your own TV show. The app allows you to write and record your story using different themes. You can sing a song in your band, you can report the news or you can go on a space adventure or a play in a spy movie. Using the augmented reality video camera, students can tell their stories with effects. This tool is amazing to boost the creativity skills. This tool will certainly motivate the students to speak and write in English!
Toontastic is another digital storytelling tool that lets you create your own animated films by drawing or choosing the characters and the setting. Then you just move the characters and props around on screen and record your voice. You can also add music by picking up an emotion at the end. Toontastic is sure to impact the creativity of the students and this is a great app to teach kids how to structure a story with different storytelling elements.
cross-posted at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Özge Karaoglu is an English teacher and educational consultant in teaching young learners and teaching with web-based technologies. She is the author of Minigon ELT book series, which aims to teach English to young learners through stories. Read more of her ideas about teaching English through technology and Web-based tools at ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org.