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Storytelling

It's important for students of all ages to be able to convey their point of view in a compelling and well-structured way. Students must learn to present their ideas and express themselves creatively. Of course, digital tools have expanded the range of ways students can now tell their stories. The storytelling apps on this list run the gamut: from traditional storybook creation tools to more recent visual storytelling and presentation tools influenced by social media and blogging — all of which empower kids to find their unique voices as storytellers, creators, orators, and individuals.

Apps curated by Common Sense Education.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Book Creator

Price: Free
Grade level: 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia.

Imagistory

Price: $3.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Skill: Storytelling
Device: iPad

Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures. Illustrated story prompts are a great start for creative storytelling.

Kid in Story Book Maker

Price: $6.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Social Skills, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills. A must-have story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

My Story Book Creator

Price: $3.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy and creativity in ebook format. Share the book on the web, social networks, email, or to iBooks. Story, art, photos, ideas, and voice recordings can be saved.

Pictello

Price: $18.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Language and Communication, Print awareness, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pictello allows kids to create social stories that can help them find their unique voice. Use your own photos, videos, and voice to tell a story.

Scribble Press

Price: $3.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Write and illustrate books, publish them publicly or privately, and even order a printed copy. Kids can start with a blank book and let their imaginations run or use a premade story line, which is especially handy for younger kids or kids who need more structure in their storytelling or creative writing.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Price: Free
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Slideshow creation tool designed to help kids create presentations. All the resources they might want are accessible from within the app, including images from museums, Flickr, and their own camera rolls. Kids can share their creations by email or message as well as through apps connected on the device, such as YouTube and Twitter. 

TeleStory

Price: Free
Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Video creation tool that gives kids a background scene, face-detecting costumes, cue cards, and special effects to create their own themed TV shows. Videos can be saved to the camera roll and shared from there or published on TeleStory's moderated video channel, ToonTube.

Tell About This

Price: $2.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Comprehension, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad

Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling, and the app records the results. This versatile tool can be used as a pre-writing or publishing activity.

Toontastic

Price: Free
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Other

Draw, animate, and share their stories through imaginative play and learn key storytelling principles. Children are walked through creating the story arc: setup, conflict, challenge, climax, or resolution. Creating a story is easy — simply press the record button, move the characters onscreen, and tell their stories. When finished, play back the animation and voice as a cartoon to share with friends and family.

Write About This

Price: $3.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Images and prompts inspire kids of all ages to write, with increasing depth and complexity at higher levels. Additionally, kids or parents can create new prompts using their own images and ideas. Can help kids who struggle with written expression as they are given a prompt with a picture.

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