Digital Storytelling and Scrapbooking

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
~Maya Angelou
As educators, we know that 90% of the brain’s sensory input comes from visual sources, so it stands to reason that the most powerful influence on learner’s behavior is concrete, visual images (Jensen, 1994). Research also reveals that simulations/role play increase meaning, are motivational, and facilitate transfer of knowledge (Wolfe, 2001). Difficult concepts will be easier to understand when our digital students become more actively and authentically engaged in the concepts being taught. Digital media is a great tool to help teachers do just this.

Glogster for Education

Glogster allows students to create online posters or glogs, which can then be shared on the Internet.

Tony Vincent's blog post on using Glogs in education
Mrs. Tolisano's TechCamp 2009 Glog
Tracy Blazosky's Glogster Tutorial
Check out this Glog on How to Create a Glog.


Import images and video into Voicethread to begin online discussions. If your school subscribes to Discovery Education, you can use their streaming videos and images to create a VoiceThread.

Voicethread tutorial handout Voicethread.pdf
Voicethread Wiki with many examples
Ideas for using VT in the classroom Thirteen_Interesting_Ways_to_use_Voicethread_.ppt
Handout to help students with making comments on a Voicethread discussion
Follow Voicethread on Twitter


Animoto for Education - Bringing your classroom to live

Animoto allows you and your students to upload images and sounds to create professional looking videos which can be downloaded and shared online. Animoto is free for educators.

Examples of Animoto in education
Math Exploring
Sign up for a free educator's account
Step-by-Step Guide
Animoto Tutorial Video for Teachers

Follow Animoto on Twitter


My example of using Discovery Education images to create a PhotoPeach movie
Sharks on PhotoPeach

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See an example of a digital scrapbook I created using Scrapblog and iPhoto below.


Handout on how to create a MIxbook

Mixbook tutorial from Silvia Tolisano

Mixbook on shapes around the school created by students.

Smilebox that my kids and I put together after our first cruise this year.

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook: Our First Cruise
Create your own scrapbook - Powered by Smilebox
Make a Smilebox scrapbook

PhotoStory 3 (Windows Only)


Third graders at our school created slides in PowerPoint and then imported the slides into Photo Story as jpgs. Students then recorded their voices in Photo Story to create a video that we uploaded to SchoolTube.

Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy - Created with Photo Story 3

Find out how to create book trailers using Photo Story 3 here.

Mydaughter's YouTube Mashups created with PS3.

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