Description of Web 2.0 Application

Digital stories are form of communication which allows the creation of clips and short videos to tell a story. Digital Storytelling has become a powerful instructional tool for both students and educators (Robin, unknown date) and has contributed to the transformation of an evolving school curriculum.

In a developing technological society, the traditional practice of storytelling through books and pen to paper has shifted into a space where students can express their individuality and creativity through the combination of graphics, sound and text to communicate with an audience.
With advances in school curriculum and a strong focus on ICT, digital story telling allows students to express their ideas using computers or iPad’s to share a personal experience or story. Digital story telling provides students with opportunity to express their individual learning style (Franco, unknown date) and personal interests.


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The digital application Animoto is one of many applications that promote the creation of digital stories. Animoto provides an array of tools for producing videos and presentations in a classroom (Amimoto Productions, 2012). This program is available free for schools to use with a variety of tools, images and audio to create a digital story. The teacher just needs to apply after they have signed up for the free account and then they gain full access to Animoto for 6 months. Teachers can create dummy accounts for their students, so that they can monitor the work that is happening and only the teacher and the students can access the videos. The public can't see the videos created unless posted to external websites. After the 6 months is up the teachers just have to simply reapply to gain full access again.

As Animoto is an application on the web, students can create videos at school and continue working on them at home.

Links to Relevant Resources - 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story

Classroom ideas for learning with an iPad - Further information and ideas for using iPads in the classroom. - Education site for Animoto.

Ideas for using digital storytelling in the classroom:
  • Movie or book trailers
  • Use at the beginning of the day to show what the student will be learning each day
  • Introducing new topics
  • Getting students to display their knowledge of a concept
  • Creating a who am I at the start of the year
  • Brainstorming
  • Celebrations of student achievements
  • Student reflection on their learning
  • Great way to present projects and assignments instead of the usual paper based way
  • Digital portfolio
  • Videos of excursions or camps
  • Creating TV advertisements
  • Teachers can put pictures up as story starters

The ways of using digital story telling and Animoto are almost endless. Almost anything you think of or try to do, digital storytelling or Animoto can be used.

These are a few examples of Animoto being used in the classroom:

(Uploaded by lennonsong at Milton Middle School, July 08, 2010, to:

This Animoto video was used it to introduce a lesson in an ancient history class, but this could be used to introduce any topic..

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This video was used to introduce an assignment. The students were to research a place they would like to visit and create a video brochure instead of a paper one.

Potential Classroom Applications

Mac & iPad

The iPad offers several avenues for storytelling. There are multiple ways to create digital stories on the iPad. Some apps have everything built into the app and some apps require other apps to build the pieces and be combined in the main app.
A few of the apps take a little creativity to make digital stories. With the iPad 2, photo and video can be taken straight from the device. There are several apps to correct or modify images taken. The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers.
For a list of the various applications you can use on the iPad to assist with digital storytelling click here:
If students can drag and drop, they can make a movie in iMovie. They’ll start by adding video, photos, and music, then fine-tune their projects with simple yet powerful editing tools. iMovie automatically adds animated titles and sophisticated transitions, transforming raw footage into a video scrapbook, a broadcast news segment, or anything else your class imagines.
A Digital Storytelling application used to discover the threads connecting peoples' lives across time and place. It lets you zero in on the stories depicted in your photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. Cost $40 required with MAC computer.

PC – Windows Suite Programs

Video creating/editing software application, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. - Tutorial on how to use.
Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Free in Windows Operating Systems. – Tutorial on how to use.

Web Based Applications

Video creation which allows you to mix your photos and video with their effects, text and music. Free 30 second movies with sign-up.
Share photos and videos privately on the web with friends and create movies using the shared album. Free with sign-up.

Lesson PlanLesson Plan - PD for Digital Storytelling


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As we only have access to 30 second Animoto videos, we have chosen to use an online survey as well as Animoto as part of our feedback to gather more detailed information.
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