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The Sandbox

Use this area to play with different digital storytelling tools and apps.

Site: Cursos tutorizados en línea
Course: Digital Storytelling For Teachers
Book: The Sandbox
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Date: Friday, 12 August 2022, 2:02 AM

1 Home

Welcome to the Sandbox! Please grab a tool/app and play!

The Sandbox is where you can experiment with free digital storytelling tools and apps

Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Choose the type of tool/app you would like to experiment with. The different categories are listed in the Table of Contents box on the left of this page.
  2. When you go to that page, click on the link that will take you to the digital desktop where you can choose one of the tools by clicking on the icon. If you don't like that tool, click on another icon.
  3. Play with the tool and create with it.
  4. Post your stories in our class Digital Storytelling Glossary which we will try to fill with different examples of stories.

2 Comic Creation Tools & Apps

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free comic tools. Click on any of the icons to be led to that comic creator. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

3 Video Storytelling Tools

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free video creation tools. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.


4 Collaborative Storytelling Tools

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free collaborative storytelling tools. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

  • VoiceThread for Educators- Interactive way to present stories and have parents and other students comment on the stories. Several options. Embed in a blog or wiki.
  • BiteSlide- Digital slidebooks with images, videos, and text. Collaborate & edit.
  • Prezi- Collaborate on a slide presentation that you can transform into a video. Cool graphics and interface. Embeddable. Free iPad app.

5 Storybook Creation Tools

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free storybook creation tools. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

Storybook Creation Apps


6 Mobile Storytelling Apps- IOS

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free mobile storytelling IOS apps. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

7 Mobile Storytelling Apps: Android

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free Android apps for storytelling. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

  • Magisto- Add cool effects, music, and transitions to transform your videos.
  • Animoto- Upload up to 10 images, choose a soundtrack from the library (many nice holiday tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a 30-second video. Sync your videos with your Animoto.com account, download videos for offline viewing, and make longer ones with an All-Access Pass. Available on the iPad and iPod.
  • Vidtrim- video editor for Android.

8 Other Digital Storytelling Tools

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of more free digital storytelling tools. Click on any of the icons to be led to that tool. Scroll down this page to see written descriptions of some of the tools.  This resource is continuously updated. When you are finished with your creation, please add it to our Digital Storytelling Glossary.

  • Creaza- Create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki.
  • 5CardFlickr- Tell your stories through Flickr photos.
  • Glogster- Poster your story.
  • Scholastic Story Starter- Start your story randomly.
  • TheStoryStarter- Start your story randomly.
  • SnackTools- Various tools including banner makers, flipbook makers, slide presentations, polls, and more. Try their flipbook tool which works on mobile devices. 
  • UTellStories- Tell stories with audio, image, video and words. Collaborate on topics.
  • BiteSlide- Digital slidebooks with images, videos, and text. Collaborate & edit.

9 Creative Commons Materials

Click on this link to be led to the Symbaloo of free creative common resources. Feel free to search these places for images and music to use in your projects. You must give them proper attribution. Click on any of the icons to be lead to that resource. Scroll down to see written descriptions of some of the resources.  This resource is continuously updated.