iPad APPS for Storytelling

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StoryTelling continues to gain popularity as an educational experience creating MORE "sticking power" for concepts a la brain science as well as developing essential communication skills for a media-rich world vying for attention. StoryTelling stimulates deep thinking, creativity and basic literacies; it also enhances and enriches the learning experience for student voices.

Storytelling is an art form that uses a story ARC regardless of digital tools used while modernizing the traditional oral storytelling. It is so much more than "tell about" or "explain something" - it NOT a fact-based unfolding with a beginning, middle and end! Expect students to deliver an artistic experience of a rich, powerful storytelling unfolding a dilemma - a struggle and a resolution organized around a story point or lesson learned. Ensure that there is an insight or strong reflective conclusion that reveals the POINT of the storytelling or message!

got story or not.005.jpgCreating an emotional journey in any storytelling is a KEY ingrediant that activates the chemistry in the brain for attention and as "mental velcro." Incorporating emotion is considered essential for activating the brain's chemistry and very powerful for ALL applied storytelling especially in the business world [supported by research] with any audiences be they peers and/or portraying concepts to others about who we are and what we understand through our own stories. This is vital in any community but even more so in an educational setting where we are nurturing and fostering creativity along with DEEP understanding.


Now digital storytelling has gone mobile - so get ready for the many varied ways students find themselves expressing their world. Here are a number of iPad / iPhone apps that provide tools for these emerging mobile devices enabling students to participate in the long and rich history of storytelling. WARNING: Take the lead in guiding students to have a worthy written storytelling FIRST and then expect a viable storyboard BEFORE moving into media-making to ensure students have the support to deliver quality, memorable final media-based products!!!

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Increased KLOUT in the world of communication!


Browse Additional Categories of APPS for StoryTelling




Prompted Writing APPS


Note: It is certainly easy to find many word processors [paper works too BUT doesn't encourage the same revisions and ease] which has shown positive support for students to be meaning-makers FIRST before beginning their media-making! Remember there are not enough technology bells and whistles to decorate up thin thinking, weak stories and superficial content. So make sure the FIRST step is worthy before moving into storyboards.

The following tools are suggested as multi-dimensional which taps into multiple intelligences by using visual and voice-based prompts to stimulate writing. Students can both write and record their storytelling. Both these APPS also support uploading your own images and prompts so it is easy to customize to the curriculum writing tasks.


Write About This FREE APP Icon.jpgWrite About This [FREE + $3.99 FULL Version]

Write About This is a visual text + voice writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! Students have writing, voice recording and publishing options for their storytelling.Free version provides more than 50 leveled text & voice prompts [Full Version contains 375+ text/voice prompts] and the ability to try the custom prompt creation and digital publishing tools! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity.



Tell About This FREE APP Icon.jpgTell About This [FREE + $3.99 FULL Version]
Tell About This is an easy platform to inspire and capture young children or ESL student thoughts and stories who are just beginning to master their written skills! A child’s curiosity and imagination will be easy to capture through their voice-telling even if their writing skills have not developed YET!! Writers respond to interesting photo text+ voice-based prompts with voice recordings. Teachers / parents can craft custom prompts and add profiles to personalize the storytelling experience! "It's so easy for the little ones to use! It prompted them to use complete sentences and dig deeper into their retelling skills."



Video-Editing for Film Making APPS


Cute Cut APP Icon.jpgCute Cut [FREE and $5.99 PRO]
Cute Cut is a little known FAB video editing APP! It has a multi-layered [tracks] timeline. Cute Cut supports adding 6 types of media into movie. [video (from album or camera), photo (from album or camera), SELF-DRAW, text, music, and voice] That's a LOT of tracks to mix and express thinking, ideas and understanding. Yes - you can paint and draw directly on the movie! It also supports multiple lanugages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish.



iMovie.pngiMovie [$4.99]
iMovie helps you turn the HD video you shoot on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a masterpiece worthy of the red carpet (or just the one in your living room). Choose from 14 trailer templates with stunning graphics and original scores by some of the world’s top film composers. Record video for your trailer right in iMovie. Choose from 8 unique themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. Note: NO green screen feature in APP version. Does not render in real-time. Publishs directly to many common sites like YouTube and Vimeo.




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Reel Director [FREE and $3.99 PRO]

Reel allows you to create, edit and share movie clips on your iPad. Smooth or blend transition between scene changes are its biggest feature but it also does Ken Burns, text overlays, music imports and voice over capabilities. A great storytelling app.




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Splice [FREE and $3.99 PRO]

Splice is Bernajean's PERSONAL CHOICE for video editing. Create your own movie with awesome features using video and photo effects, cropping, trimming as well as synchronization of sound effects and voice-overs. Control and mix with multiple [3] audio tracks - a SPLICE exclusive feature . . . view without rendering which is a PLUS over other video APPS! A great sound library too!




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Videolicious [FREE]
The fastest way to create great looking videos -- automatically! Videoliciousturns raw video clips and photos into tightly edited masterpieces. Instantly weave together interviews, videos, photos, music and more into a sophisticated video production—in seconds. Just talk and tap—or watch and tap—to make the perfect video. Then Videolicious creates a finished video, edited and layered together like a professional video editor, automatically! Works with the videos and photos you choose from your iPhone's library. Outputs videos in a documentary film style to Facebook or YouTube directly from the app.


Green Screen Movie-Making APPS


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"Intolerable" Quartering Act w Green Screen Background
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Green Screen aka Chroma Key FilmMaking has never been easier! Prepare a special effect video clip or . . . create an entire film project! These are power tools to connect digital storytelling to content/curriculum areas by mixing authentic photo/video images while role-playing for DocuDramas that will make literature or historical events come alive! Have scientists act inside moving cells or hearts pumping as they tell their stories! Host debates - newscasts - and myth telling events with live, authentic backgrounds! Kids can also be part of their favorite storytelling books - or create their own drawings that become backgrounds for original stories!


Consider reviving a historical art form with students engaged in creating "tableaux vivants" or "living pictures." These were well planned scenes using a group of human actors to silently hold a pose without moving 30-60 seconds representing meaningful events, messages or even a sequence of living pictures to tell a story - maybe while a poem was read or music played. [Click Here]







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Green Screen by Do Ink [$2.99]

This Green Screen APP steps up your chroma key options by using both still images as well as video clips as backgrounds. It also supports multiple tracks to mix up to THREE image sources that can include custom Animation by Do Ink. AND a bit more learning than GSMX but if you are doing multiple projects or have a need to have video in backgrounds - this is the one! I have used had Third graders learn with ease! It's not free but . . . cannot say enough how awesome this APP will prove to be in your film-making projects. It's worth the money!!! And you will only need 1 or 2 iphones/ipads available for class projects. See an overview. [Click Here]

Green Screen by Do Ink FEATURES:
• use the live video camera, or import prerecorded videos, photos, and artwork
• combine up to 3 image sources at a time - 3 tracks available
• capture still images and save them to the camera roll
• scrollable timeline makes it easy to sequence your videos and photos
• add as many image sources to the timeline as you’d like!
• move image sources around on the timeline
• trim videos on the timeline to keep only the parts you need


More Special Effects FilmMaking APPS


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Silent Movie Director (.99)
Creating with Silent Movie Director delivers amazing silent and vintage movies - never been so Easy and Fun! Choose from
20’s - 60’s (for the Hippie style videos) - 70’s home videos as well as Black and White; Sepia and Vintage Sepia. Also get access to LIVE Gallery of Silent Films. A great spin on back-to-the-past!



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TeleStory [Presently FREE]
TeleStory [made by Toontastic Team] takes you behind the scenes to create and broadcast your own TV show to millions around the world. This special effects mixes video with fantasy overlays, animated settings and special effects lets you record a music video, teleport to an alien planet, film a high-speed-chase, or perform on a reality TV show - TeleStory is a TV studio in your pocket. Experience a student-created video [Click Here]



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Vintiago [$2.99 for NOW]
Vintiago creates vintage videos from 20's to 80's by adding a filter to an existing video OR . . . capturing a video in real-time using a filter of your choice. VIDEO FILTERS: 80s Disco Blast, 70s Crazy Grooving, 60s Hippie Fair, 50s Sepia, 20s Newborn, Classic Black&white for "silent movies", Classic Sepia. Easy-to-use, but extremely powerful and artistic vintage video app packed with amazing and powerful features, that no other app offers.


Video Star APP Icon.jpgVideo Star [FREE]
Why not SING your storytelling! Video Star is a fun and free music video creation by selecting a song that you have stored on your iPad then start shooting live video. WAIT! You would have done a storyboard FIRST, right? The music will play for as long as you record or until the end of the song. You can also import images from your iPad to create your video. Video Star also lets you apply special effects to your video. NOTE: Remember to expect copyright respect AND . . . having a storyline with a StoryARC - lots of "showing NOT telling" with the video/images used! Check out some student-created videos [Click Here] [Click Here]


Star Maker APP Icon.jpgStarMaker [FREE]
Starmaker is a ROCKIN music video making APP! Use a story prompt and storyboard to go BETOND LITERAL acting - expect an MTV-style interpretation that unfolds a story with the song. Watch a machinima [virtual world filming] delivering an artistic experience beyond singing the words! [Click Here] Pick from hundreds of chart-topping hits by artists like Lorde, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, OneRepublic, John Legend, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and more! Pick a StageName, create a profile, and see how many votes your recording earns on www.StarMakerStudios.com.


itimelapse APP icon.jpgiTimeLapse [$1.99]
iTimeLapse allows you to capture a stunning series of time lapse images or stop motion videos rapidly and then compile them into a video. With the 'overlay last frame' feature, you can line up your next shot for awesome stop-motion animation! You can also set sound to trigger the camera capture for hands-free operation. No need to finish in one sitting. Finally add music sound tracks as you like. Use this to capture science experiments, special video effects and my FAV - Draw My Life Style Videos. [Click Here]



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Reverse Camera Fun [FREE]
If you love to watching reverse-playback movies and voices right after the moment you shot videos give Reverse Camera Fun a try! Believe me it will great fun to watch reverse playback with friends but . . . make sure the video clip has a deliberate purpose in the storyelling! Warning: It has had some reviews of snags in processing longer shots so . . . keep the video as a special effect that serves some purpose in a larger film-making project. Hay - it's free so you might want to give it a try. But be sure students have storyboarded a specific purpose for having a scene operate in reverse! See some examples of reverse video fun. Let imaginations go WILD! [Click Here]




Comic-Based Film Making APPS

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ToonCamera [$1.99]

ToonCamera is an amazing video and photography app that turns your world into a live cartoon. Apply real-time cartoon and art effects to your camera feed, record video, snap photos, and/or convert existing video and photos from your albums to create instant works of art.



cartoon video maker APP icon.jpgCartoon Video Maker [.99]
Cartoon Video Maker convert photos and videos with amazing cartoon and artistic effects.Choose from existing photos and videos or take new ones with your chosen effect! Choose from a wide range of color effects beyond cartoon filters such as sepia, aqua, indiglow and vivid etc. Editing features let you auto enhance it to get the maximum of the picture or light it with night effects, backlit or balance. There are also stickers: ahem beware of making the putrid even more amazing with fun stickers or add talking signs to insert funny captions!

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Cartoonatic Video and Photo [FREE]

Cartoonatic adds amazing cartoon, sketch and art filters to your videos. Plus you can change video speed, add soundracks and apply cartoon filters to your pictures. It's fun and creative.


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Cartoon Cam PRO [$2.99 - Sometimes Free]

Cartoon Camera Pro is another APP turning photos or videos you take into cartoon-ized (manga) images. Over 70 cartoon [manga] FX filters along with 60 minutes of recording available.


Cartoon Art FX APP.jpgCartoon Art FX [FREE]
Camera Art FX will become your personal sketch artist will create instant works of art with a single tap. Explore various artistic styles that play out in real-time, take a picture or record videos. Video recording of live footage with effects. Amaze your friends with effects such as: Comic book, Manga, Pencil sketch, Ink doodle, Cartoon, Vintage, "HOPE" poster, Watercolor, Grunge, Silent Film, and Neon! Creativity explodes!



Cartoon and Animation Making APPS


Note: The lines blur between these two types of APPS so I bundled them up here. If you want awesome tutorials to create HollyWood / BollyWood animation magic, subscribe to Animation Chefs' YouTube Channel [Kids Helping Kids Make Hollywood Magic] These kids have all past video tutorials archived. Their style - persona and creative fun in guiding kids around the world is VERY impressive. Promise you will learn a thing or two along with your students! See their website [Click Here]


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SuperHero Duck Duck Moose [$1.99]

Super Hero creates personalized animated comic books with monsters and superheroes. Record scenes with a "performing voice" while moving the characters in real-time. Build a comic book or combine narrated "scenes" into a video. Includes 55 scenes and coloring pages and stickers. AGE: 2+.



Creaza Cartoonist APP Icon.jpgCreaza Cartoonist APP [$1.99]
Create Creaza Cartoonist stories on the iPad in the same way you would expect from the web version. Get Crazy: Create funny stories based on crazy characters and backgrounds; Mangas - a Japanese inspired comic style; or Historical Examples with sample characters and backgrounds from numerous historical themes. Save your work online to your existing Creaza account for further editing, sharing and exporting. You can even create movies from the cartoons you have created on the iPad. See tutorial video. [Click Here] Watch a student-created "fractured storytelling mash-up" cartoon style. [Click Here]



Video Scribe APP Icon.jpgVideoScribe by Sparkol [$5.99]
VideoScribe delivers a RSA animated whiteboard animation storytelling that usually take hours of work, a full production studio and a talented artist to make. Have a quick look at RSA StoryTelling [Click Here]. Now you can make animated sketches out of the images you choose. Place text and drawings onto a canvas, add a voiceover or soundtrack – then sit back and watch your story unfold. Add original artwork, voiceovers and branding to make completely unique videos.



Special Note: Scribe videos [animated chalk talks or RSA style storytelling] have a style that not only increases your audience's engagement and recall – research finds animation to be three times more likely to be shared than talking head videos.[Click Here] How to plan a "chalk talk" with your class [Click Here] The infamous writing project called "Draw My Life" can be created with VideoScribe - iStopMotion or other animated digital tools. See an example [Click Here]

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iStopMotion [$9.99]
StoryTelling ONE frame at a time! Create stop motion animations (AKA claymation or stop action movies) and time lapse recordings with the highly-rated, award winning iStopMotion APP. This APP is being used in hundreds of classrooms all over the world in all disciplines, honing creativity, problem-solving and communication skills in students of all ages. It's not free but . . . its acclaimed functions have earned its pricing as a good return on investment. Enjoy an Animated Chef tutorial. [Click Here] My FAV project of Animation Chefs helping Rwanda kids [Click Here] Crazy stop motion "T-shirt WAR" animation to show what CAN be created! [Click Here]


iAnimate APP Icon.jpgiAnimate [FREE]
iAnimate is a very essential, intuitive and powerful cut-out, Stop-Motion animation app.
Just import selected images from your iPad photo album, manipulate them freely frame after frame and start animation at once. Finish the animation and play it. No more tediously drawing frame after frame. For kids as well as adults. For amateurs as well as artists. Use any image in your photo album for animation in the app. Import images with ordinary square frames for backgrounds and import cut out images with transparency for "puppets". You are the director. You choose your actors (puppets), and you choose your stage!


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Puppet Animation [$1.99]
Puppet Animation is an innovative application that lets you create an animation using the image of your choice. You just need to prepare one image. No need to prepare many time lapse animation pages! The application has a simple user interface and there are no difficult controls like usual animation software. When you create a funny animation, send it to your friends or publish it on your blog! You can also export it as a .gif file to use in greeting cards, slides or other personal digital fun.



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Animation by Do Ink [$4.99]
Either as a creative partner with DoInk's Green Screen creating animation to add to existing film making or . . . . as a stand-alone animation project. . . this animation APP is one of the best in simplicity using vector tools and key framing [meaning you don't have to draw EACH itty bitty move - the computer fills in between "start" and "finish" animation moves. Third and Fourth graders as well as the BIG kids can easily take this one to their creative limits!





Key Features & Benefits of Do Ink Animation:
• integrates as a third layer with Green Screen Do Ink
• easy-to-use, yet powerful vector drawing tools
• simple enough for doodlers, with advanced features for skilled artists
• flipbook-style animating - great for beginning animators
• keyframe animating (Flash-like) - graduate to powerful animation techniques
• create motions paths by dragging your finger - easy to make sophisticated animations
• extensive collection of reusable art "props" (static and animated)


Cartoon-izing Photography APPS


Note: Many of the Comic-based Video APPS also do still images along with videos. These APPS are ONLY photography filters! While I use BeFunky.com online for cartoon-izing photography, their APP did not deliver the same easy quality for me!

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Cartoon Camera [FREE]

Cartoon Camera creates cartoon and sketch-like ONLY for photography with 12 real-time cartoon effects: Cartoon, Color Drawing, Sepia, White Strokes, Dark Strokes, Colored Edges, Pencil Sketches and many more. Give your images a creative flair as stand-alones or special projects like graphic novels or visual storytelling!


Cartoon Cam Lite APP Icon.jpgCartoon CAM LITE [FREE]

Cartoon CAM will easily make a cartoon world of any images!! Choose cartoon Or Pencil Sketch effects. Take photos from camera with a real-time preview of the cartoon or sketch effects. Convert existing photos from your albums



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Caption Distraction [FREE]

Caption Distraction transforms your pictures into authentic looking comic images! Add word balloons, stickers, and filters to turn even the most mundane photo into a hilarious / clever comic creations. Over 30 cartoon filters, 11 speech balloons, and thousands of stickers. The best is adding caption boxes to narrate the scene and have fun all the cartoon-sih fonts! Make multiple images to upload into any video-editing software for a comic-like film!


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Comic Touch 2 [FREE]

Comic Touch 2 is the funnest app for creating comics out of your pictures. Swipe through templates while in the camera mode to see exactly what your comic layout will look like before you take the picture. Add your own balloons, comic lettering and captions to the templates with a tap. There’s a Comic Touch filter perfect for your shot, anything from grunge, to halftones to classics.




Puppetry StoryTelling APPS

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PuppetPals [FREE and $3.99 EXPANDED DIRECTOR's PASS]

Create your own animated stories. PuppetPals let you simply pick out the characters, drag them onstage and tap record. Movements and audio is recorded for your performance. If you get the Directors Pass [EXPANDED $3.99 version] you can upload a photo of yourself and join acting out a story of FairyTales, Pirates on the high seas, fight scary monsters or play the part of a wild west bandit.


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Puppet Pals 2 [$4.99]

Puppet Pals 2 is an upgraded "PRO" version of the generic Puppet Pals letting students create amazing animated cartoons.Children unlock creativity with this easy to use (but hard to put down) interactive puppet show! Even young children can create high quality cartoons from their imaginations. Kids can even star in the show along side the built-in characters! Lots of historical characters and scenes!



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Sock Puppets [Free]

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them via iPad photo, 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. Friends can work together with multiple puppets and create hilarious conversations. Record and share. Add more than 30 sec recording time for extra $$$. View a How-to Video [Click Here]



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Tom and Ben Talking News [FREE]

Talking Tom & Ben have become famous TV news anchors! Talk to them and they will repeat what you say in turns. Create & record funny conversations between them. You can also customize the app by uploading your personal videos. Once your personal video is in the desk of Tom and Ben's Talking desk, make Tom & Ben comment on the video. And of course you can record the conversation and send the video to all of your friends to see!




Creating Talking Photos APPS

Note: Let your face tell a thousand stories!!! It is my personal consumer and pedagogical advice to select APPS that ONLY record authentic voices rather than digitized. This reinforces and supports students learning to deliver "performing voices" that reflect emotional context rather than JUST the [mechanical] words!

Morfo.jpgMorfo [FREE]

NEW! Rockin FAV! Morfo turns ANY photo face of friends, animals or historical characters into talking, emotional animation. Add voiceovers to create 3D living characters delivering "performing voices." Easy and magical! Share or export your videos for role-playing parts in your storytelling! Imaginations for application abound! Point - Counter Point with political or literary characters. Have personal portraits or famous art portraits come alive! Give teacher feedback talking clips to students! Bring History or Literary characters/events alive via DocuDramas to life! For a BEST video example of possibilities view Tony Vincent [Click Here]


ChatterPix Kids.jpgChatterPix for Kids [FREE]
ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that you and your students can use to turn pictures into talking, animated images. Easier than Morfo but still VERY effective for role-playing or docudramas. Practice "performing voices." To create a talking picture just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from your iPad’s camera roll. After taking the picture just draw in a face and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Your recording can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. View how it works [Click Here]



BEST MashCam APP Icon.jpgMashCam [FREE]

Transform yourself into an array of current and historical characters within seconds. Select from over 50 character templates [more added over time], strike a pose using your iPad camera and hey presto see who you've become. Use the speech bubble to write in character and record a sound clip too. Great for role-playing or docudramas -- also perfect for puppet stick figures in table-top green screening !


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FotoBabble [FREE]

Here is a real time storymaking tool - what stories do your photos tell? Use Fotobabble to create "Talking Photos" of events and moments in real-time and share them with friends immediately. Sticker and special effects now available.



Uses for ANY Talking Photo APP
  • create a specialty image for video making
  • send realtime Talking Postcards to friends from your travels
  • create a storytelling AS IF living in the event or time period that becomes a walk-around gallery using QR Codes
  • capture and share a special or funny moment immediately with both image and voice
  • act as a citizen journalist and report on breaking news right from the scene
  • create personalized, engaging Facebook status messages
  • Create EXIT cards at end of class or a learning unit as reflections



eSTORYMAKING APPS

Note: eStoryMaking products are books that "live" online also considered ebooks because they are digital book-like media rather than multimedia. "Turning" the pages look much like a slideshow in many of these APPS. They are generally mixed with JUST images and text with [hopefully] at least narrated recording options EXCEPT. . . Zooburst and 2Create a Story just hijacked that limited experience with animation and augmented reality features. Many more of these genre will be invented - the more senses engaged, the more "sticking power" the storymaking will have!

ZooburstAR.jpgNEW! 3D ZooBurst [FREE]

ZooBurst books “live” online and can be experienced on your desktop or laptop computer, or on your iPad via the free ZooBurst mobile app. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and materials. Sound and voiceovers are added - so this multimedia staging of storytelling comes alive!


NEW ZooBurst APP, a companion to the online Zooburst, engages augmented reality [aurasmas] to view any ZooBurst 3D pop-up book in either "Screen" or "Camera" mode. In "Screen" mode you can rotate around your book by touching and dragging the screen using your finger. Tapping on a character with a floating "exclamation point" symbol will display any text or sound including voice associated with that item.


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2Create a Story [$2.99]
2Create a Story brings your stories to life with a page-turning book-like digital storytelling. Children can create animated stories by first designing a background, or using one of the templates, and then creating foreground objects. Any objects drawn on the foreground can move in many different ways, from traveling across the screen to fading or spinning away. Add sounds from our database, record a tune on a number of “digital instruments” provided or even record their own voices using a microphone. Use their 2Create a SuperStory online for the Augmented Reality [AR] features.



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StoryPatch [$2.99]

Storypatch is a storytelling app designed for children to create their own picture books. It has hundreds of images in it’s library as well as the ability to import photos. Story Patch also includes a set of story themes that younger children can use to create stories with help. After your child selects a theme, Story Patch asks your child a series of questions and then builds a story based on his or her responses. Story Patch inserts all of the text, so your child simply has to illustrate each page of the story.


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StoryKit [FREE]

Create an electronic storybook with StoryKit. Write some text, illustrate by drawing on the screen, tag a photograph or drawing on paper and then photograph the image. Sounds can be recorded for narration or effects and the layout elements of your story can be dragged, pinch and altered with ease. The application includes four public domain children's books that you can rewrite and rearrange into your own new story. Take "The Three Bears" and make them four or . . . rewrite "The Three Little Pigs" with the wolf as the victim. Or, start with a blank book and write whatever story is on your minds. Stored on device or on StoryKit server site.