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The Best 17 iPad Digital Storytelling Apps for Teachers

Below is a list of some of the best storytelling apps for your iPad. This is an updated list to the one I have posted almost a year ago. Some of the apps included below are ideal for elementary and secondary, however, regardless of the age group or grade level you are teaching, you will definitely find something that works for your specific teaching and learning environment.

1- Toonastic

Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play! With over 2 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, parents and teachers rave about the app... and kids can't stop creating!
2- Tellegami
Tellagami (rhymes with origami) is a quick and easy way to create and share a short story called a Gami. How do I create a Gami? Just select and customize a character. Personalize your Gami with photos and your own voice. Then share your Gami with friends. It’s simple and easy to create in seconds!
3- StoryBuddy2
Draw directly on the iPad's screen with your finger as you create your very own picture book - page by page. Add customizable text with the built-in keyboard. Import images from your photo album for that personal touch. Even add beautifully crafted paper styles to each page.

4- Felt Board
Felt Board for the iPad is inspired by actual felt boards used by children, teachers and storytellers worldwide. Create characters by selecting skin color, hair and facial features. Choose from a wide variety of costumes, settings and props for hours of magical make believe play. And because it is an app, the pieces will never get lost.
5- Sock Puppets
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

6- Write about This

Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity.
7- Puppet Pals HD
This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!

8- Doodlecast
Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author. Perfect for teachers, students, business people and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.
9- Draw and Tell
Draw and Tell is an award-winning creative tool for children of all ages that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, color, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories. AGES: 3-9.
10- Little Bird Tales

"Little Bird Tales captures your child's stories with creativity and cuteness personified!… Easy to use, and allows original art work, uploading of photographs and sounds of your sweetie chatting about their creation. Your student will learn how to create their own little project with a few easy steps." - Pippa Davies, homeschool teacher and blogger
11- Kid in Story Book Maker

Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy with your child as the star character.
12- My Story

Celebrate your child’s art with My Story, the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. My Story combines drawing, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy and creativity for you and your child together. They then share their book within the app, via email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s art, coloring, photos, and voice recordings are saved forever!
13- BookBot
Create engaging stories for your child to put together as they learn about sentence structure, key sight words and grammar. You create the story, they rebuild it to make sense. Retell a family event or teach your child something new!
StoryBot is an interactive shared reading tool designed by teachers. It's perfect for use at home or in the classroom.

14- Draw and Show
Share your drawing talent in a whole new way with this art creation app. Draw, write, sketch, take notes, and create amazing videos. Share recorded videos with your friends!
15- SoniPics
SonicPics makes digital storytelling fun and easy! Turn your photographs into narrated slideshow movies to share with your family and friends!
16- Story Dice

Story Dice is a creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.
17- Story Patch

Now you can help your child's creativity grow with Story Patch, a beautiful new application for the iPad that children can use to create their own picture books. With hundreds of included images, easy-to-use controls, and the ability to import photos, your kids will be creating fun and engaging stories in no time!

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