Digital Storytelling Resources

Now that you have learned how to use iMovie, Garageband, ComicLife, and other digital storytelling software you can apply these skills to new tools. Here are FREE digital storytelling resources that you may use from ANY computer with internet access without having to download or pay for software. (Most of these sites require that you are 13 years or older. Have your parents sign up for you.)
Take a look at the Digital Citizenship pathfinder before you begin your storytelling journey.

Creative Commons Search Engine

Find images, video, music, and other media
What is Creative Commons? Take a look at this video for an explanation.

Video Editing

Windows Movie Maker Comes pre-installed on most PCs.
MotionBox Motionbox is fast, easy, unlimited video sharing and storage.
OneTrueMedia One True Media helps you turn your photos and video into awesome slideshows and video montages for free. Embed your slideshow or video montage onto your website.
Jaycut Online Video Editing

Audio Recording/Editing

Audacity (this is a software to download) A FREE alternative to using GarageBand. Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
Vocaroo Record your voice online using a headset mic or other external microphone. Available to download, embed, or email the recording.
Myna by Online audio editing tool. Similar to Garageband.

Photo Editing

Pixlr Free online photo editing.
Picnik No need to sign up. Simply upload your photo, edit, and save to your desktop.
Pixenate Simple online photo editor.
SmashMash Animate your photos and drawings. You may also add music.
BeFunkyChoose from 9 different photo effects!
Big Huge Labs Make all kinds of cool things with your images: magazine covers, signs, puzzles, trading cards, etc.
  • When you have completed your movie, make your own Movie Poster!


Freeplay Music
Huge database of music, soundtracks, and sound effects of varying lengths. Free for personal and non-commercial use.
Some of Ms. K's favorite sounds from Freeplay
Free Classical Music
  • Some of my favorites
  • Accelerated Ideas Royalty free flash tracks, blog, slide show music (see the left tab to select different styles of music or use the search box)

Sound Effects

Soungle Search for all kinds of sound effects and musical instrument samples. All sounds are royalty free for downloading.


Public Domain Clipart A HUGE Collection of Public Domain Clipart & Photos
Free Photo ResourcesCreative Commons and Copyright Free Image Sources
American Memory Search for images included in the Library of Congress database.
CogDogRoo-Story Media Find media for your story.
WorldImages Almost 75,000 global images, free for educational use.
Free Teacher Clip Art Free educational clipart.
Blank Title Slides A collection of blank color slides for downloading and for use as title slides, etc. in the process of digital storytelling.


Podcasting Resources Pathfinder
Yodio Podcast using your telephone by calling their toll-free number. 1-877-MY-YODIO (Create your account before you call)

Online Book & Slideshow Creation

My Story Maker Create your own book online. You have the option of printing the story when you are done.
Photo Peach Mash your photos, music, and text to create your own slideshow.

Other Really Good Stuff

School News Crew Tools for the Shoestring Budget -Create your own free teleprompter for your news show or for creating quality videos where reading material is essential using online sources:
MovieClipBiz Teleprompter
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50 Tools to use to create digital stories
Free MP3s (stories) to download for your ipod - Lit2Go

For Teachers

Teaching Digital Citizenship
Media Literacy Blog
Kids' Vid Everything you ever wanted to know about video production!
Digital Storytelling Resources This site includes link resources as well as mini-tutorials for teaching strategies in digital storytelling.

Connecting Social Studies and Art Through Video Creation -
Sample Agenda for Digital Storytelling
  • Writing Assignment- We are all writers
  • Story circle for your rough drafts
  • Discussion of possible tech solutions:
    • iMovie
    • Garageband (podcast or enhanced podcast)
    • Windows Movie Maker
    • Photo Story
  • Decide on solution: Begin our learning.
  • See more sample videos with 7 elements in mind (7 elements as a PDF)
  • Discuss Classroom Connections
  • Informal Recorded Reflections
(Agenda adapted from Cave Creek Unified School District #93 and their student videos produced with this agenda.)

Publish your work on Our Oakland: Eastside Stories
Our Oakland: Eastside Stories is a public art project by artist Rene Yung that will beautify the new East Oakland Community Library and create an online archive of community stories about East Oakland told by residents through photos and graphics, videos, spoken word, music, and written text.