9 Great Digital Storytelling Tools for Chromebook Users

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As a learning activity, digital storytelling has a number of pedagogical benefits. It helps students develop their literacy skills (espcially writing), it empowers their voice and provides them with a venue through which they can unleash their creative and expressive abilities and display their learning, it also enhances collaborative team work and teaches students  how to deal with multimodal forms of representation.  In today's post, we are sharing with you a number of interesting Chrome tools students can use to create and share their digital stories. These are especially useful for teachers using Chromebooks in their instruction. Using the tools below, students will be able to narrate their stories in different modes and  formats including videos, interactive visuals, presentations, and comic strips. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our social media pages.

1- ThingLink

ThingLink allows you to create interactive visuals and video content. You can create a wide vareity of posters, infographics, maps, and hyperlinked videos and share them through social media sites or via embed codes.

2- Animoto Video Maker

Use this to compose and narrate your story in the form of a video. Animoto helps you ‘ turn your photos and video clips into stunning professional-quality videos and slideshows, complete with music and text.’

3- Canva

An excellent tool for creating different types of visuals. You can either use pre-designed templates or start yours from scratch. Your final product can be downloaded and shared in PDG or PNG format.

4- PiktoChart

Another good tool for creating beauiful visuals in the form of posters, flyers, presentations, infographics and many more. It also offers tons of free pre-made templates to start with.

5- Pixton 

Unleash students creative digital storytelling genius through the use of comic strips. Students can narrate their stories using expressive characters, pre-made props, photos, voice-overs, different backgrounds and many more.

6- Google Slides

One of the easiest and simple tools students can use to tell their stories in the form of a presentation or slideshow. Slides allow you to ‘tell a story together with rich animations, customized drawings, seamless transitions, a variety of themes, and much more.’

7- Storyboard That

An excellent platform where students can easily create expressive digital storyboards. It provides so many features that include: an intuitive 'drag and drop interface, posable and colorable characters, rich content library, presentation and audio tools' and many more.

8- Storybird

This is ‘a powerful suite of easy-to-use creative, administrative, and social tools for writing, reading, and storytelling in educational settings.’

9- WeVideo

Another powerul tool students can use to tell their stories in video format. Some of its features include: easily trim and crop video clips; add text, transitions, music and effects to your videos; add animations and annotations; record voice-overs; 100 royalty-free effects and audio clips, and many more.