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Is There an App for That?: Digital Storytelling

PLEASE NOTE: Page edited to reflect updates in Follett apps. February 6, 2014 at Sowams Elementary School in Barrington, RI


30hands is a free digital storytelling app for iPad and iPhone. 30hands allows for animated annotations, stop-motion video, drag-and-drop navigation, voiceover recordings with your device's built-in microphone, cloud storage, and more.



StoryJumper is a free web-based digital storytelling application that includes a free classroom edition for managing multiple student submissions. Registration is easy and prompts users to not use real names (though dates of birth are required). Uploaded content may be set to public or private. Users may choose artwork from an existing gallery, upload their own photos or scanned artwork, and write all the text. Recommended for grades 1-5.

Read a review on the Graphite site here.

Story Creator

Story Creator is a digital storytelling app for iPad and iPhone that comes in free and pro versions (at currently $1.99). The app features on-board photo and audio capabilities, drawing tools, and includes built-in "3-finger tap" parental controls.



StoryKit is a free digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that was produced by the creators of the International Children's Digital Library. Users add images by taking photos or choosing photos from their device's image library, and can add text and narration. Finished stories are saved inside the app and on StoryKit's server. Stories can also be emailed to share with others.

An educator-focused review of StoryKit can be found here.