What Is It?

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories use computer-based tools to tell a story. These stories incorporate images, music, narrative and voice to create a connection between the storyteller and the audience. Telling stories through digital media has become easier with a variety of Web 2.0 tools.

Tools for Storytelling

50 Web 2.0 Tools for Storytelling´╗┐ by Alan Levine
Photo Story 3 Useful tutorial and guide from Furman University


Digital Storytelling eBook from Microsoft Education
Digital Storytelling Part II Planning and selecting the right tools shared @ Langwitches.org by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano.
Teachers' Guide to Digital Storytelling (23 pages)
LHS PhotoStory Instructions
Storyboard Template Planning guide for creating a digital story
Creating Image Files Instructions for using PowerPoint to create jpeg or gif files from PowerPoint slides

Music Sources

FreePlay Music Read the licensing statement carefully. Not all music is available for use in student projects. A User's Guide is available online.
SoundzAbound Royalty free music for schools. An inexpensive source for music. A few songs are provided free but most of the music requires a one-time fee.
MusOpen Free music in the public domain (sheet music); performers of the music have provided the music for use--primarily classical music
Royalty Free Music at Amazon.com Inexpensive source for royalty free mp3 audio tracks


Teacher Tap Public Domain, copyright free, open source, and student use images and media
Wikimedia Commons media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content

Creative Commons

Frequently Asked Questions
Licensing Explained
Creative Commons Search

How Do I Integrate It?

Integrating Digital Storytelling in the the Classroom Extensive list of suggestions and ideas
Digital Storytelling Standards Alignment Aligned to NETS-Students


Assessing Digital Stories
Photo Story 3 Project Rubric Generic rubric can be adapted to a variety of digital story projects