This page contains a list of tools that students and teachers can use for creating both low-tech and tech-infused stories, as well as productivity tools that will assist in the process.

Creativity Tools

Audio Creation

acapela-box-logo.jpg - Text-to-speech: type your text in the box, select from m/f native speaker voices in many languages (including LCTLs), adjust speech rate and voice shaping, then download your file

AudacityLogo.jpg - Excellent, free audio recording & editing software

AudiobooLogo.png - Create 3-min. audio files from your browser or mobile, publish, Tweet, etc.

BlabberizeLogo.jpg- Take any image, add a mouth to it, record something for it to say, and watch it become a moving conversationalist!

FotobabbleLogo.jpg- Upload photos, record a message, and share

JamAGramLogo.JPG - Record your speech, it turns it into music and even alters your voice in some cases

Tellagami.JPG - Students can upload an image (such as artwork), create an avatar, and record their own voices telling their stories using their cell phones or iPads

VocarooLogo.gif- Click, record, share

VokiLogo.jpg- Speaking avatars

Blog Creation

Kidblog.JPG - Great place for students to share their writing with authentic audiences. Display allows readers to follow individual student work, or to see all work from a particular teacher's class.

Book Creation

BookrLogo.jpg - Create free photobooks from copyright-safe Flickr images and a template

ePubBudLogo.JPG - Create e-books that can be read by any e-reader

MixbookLogo.jpg- Create and share photo scrapbooks online (you can also print them)


solvrlogo.png- Allows threaded brainstorming


My Brochure Maker - Brochures

SimplebookletLogo.png - Very intuitive interface for creating booklets and brochures (similar to Issuu)

Comics & Cartoon Creation

BoysLifeComicCreator.png - Students can create their own Peewee comics by mixing and matching backgrounds, characters, props, adding text, and printing their creations - chericem1 chericem1

KerpoofLogo.jpg - Allows students or teachers to use comics and different characters with different emotional body language...You can create stories and apply text and thought bubbles. It goes up to 4 frames, but to do more than one, you can simply create 2 individual sets. It allows you to print and email them after!! But be sure you do! The site does not store them once you've closed the browser!

MakeBeliefsComix.png- Comic generator site lets you select from a number of different characters, change their emotions, overlap elements, rescale things, etc.

PixtonComics.jpg - Comic strip creation site that will take Chinese characters (and translate them) - courtesy of Aaron Bray

StripgeneratorLogo.jpg - A phenomenal site with stock characters that will appeal to students and allows them to create truly original work - chericem1 chericem1

ComicCreatorReadWriteThink.jpg - Step-by-step interactive comic creation template from ReadWriteThink

ToondooLogo.jpg - A really nice site that lets you drag and drop characters, props, and even speed lines, etc. into comic frames. You can position things in front of or behind other things using the buttons at the bottom. Very intuitive and kid friendly. Be sure to click on all the buttons (Suggested by vidgan1)

ToonletLogo.png - Comic creation software

Digital Storytelling

LittleBirdTalesLogo.jpg - Very simple, easy-to-use interface allows you to upload or draw images, add text, record your voice, then play and even embed your story

Storify.JPG - Electronic template for creating stories--allows linking to social media

- Students can select illustrations from real children's picture book illustrators, then use them to illustrate their own, original stories. Diacritical marks must be cut and pasted in (via Word, for example)


BuildYourWildSelfLogo.jpg - Create crazy zoo animal avatars, then have students write stories about them

GeneratorBlogLogo.png- A blog that attempts to provide ideas of things you can create using free, web 2.0 tools. Many would be excellent ways to tell stories

Graphic Organizer Creation

BurgerDiagram.JPG - Create a hamburger diagram

ClassToolsVennDiagramLogo.JPG - Choose a 2- or 3-circle Venn diagram, then change the labels, add notes, save, and share

CMAPLogo.gif -
Free social concept mapping tools that allow you to collaborate, attach documents and images, etc. (requires registration)

GliffyLogo.gif - Create diagrams, graphic organizers

MindomoLogo.jpg - Free, collaborative concept-mapping

TargetDiagram.JPG = Use this generator to create a target diagram, then save and share

Infographic Creation

What is an Infographic

Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics

EasellyLogo.png - Create infographics from templates or from scratch, then share them

InfogramLogo.png- Create interactive infographics (with audio, charts, graphs, images, text, and video) from templates, then share them

ManyEyesLogo.JPG - Use existing data or upload your own to create infographics from templates


- Create infographics w/ drag & drop

iPad Apps

IpadAppsForStorytelling.jpg - A lengthy list of applications

ShadowPuppetLogo.JPG - Allows you to select, crop, and organize photos, record a story as a voiceover, then save and share via iPhone or iPad. (More info. on
Shadow Puppet)

Journal Creation

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Free, online, collaborative suite of office tools (forms, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing)

PenzuLogo.jpg - Online journaling that allows you to attach photos

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces - Use a wiki to remove writer's block--allows you to make continual changes to your text, to move things around, and to keep a constant outline of the various sections of your writing in view via the navigation bar. If you cut a section, but think you might want to use it later? No problem--just make a "parts pile" page, paste the deleted section in, and find it later. Also removes the "Word crashed and I lost everything" phenomenon. Everything you type is captured in the history (as long as you save frequently), and you can always revert to a previous version of the paper if you change your mind midstream. GREAT for collaborative authoring as well.

Magazine Creation

FlipsnackLogo.png - Create your own magazines

IssuuLogo.jpg- Create your own, digital magazines

SimplebookletLogo.png - Very intuitive interface for creating booklets and brochures (similar to Issuu)

YoublisherLogo.jpg - Create flippable magazines or reports for free (from uploaded PDFs)

Newsletter Creation

LetterpopLogo.jpg - Create newsletters with photos from templates and host up to 10 online for free at any given time

Photo Effects

BigHugeLabsLogo.png - Create badges, billboards, CD covers, collages, cubes, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, mosaics, movie posters, trading cards, and more

DumprLogo.png - Make coloring books and other interesting things from photos, save as JPEGs and use as illustrations for assignments or worksheets

FotoflexerLogo.jpg - Very robust, online photo editing site

ImageChefLogo.gif- Dress up photos with interesting frames and your own captions, then save and share

Pop-up Books

- 3D, augmented reality pop-up books

Portfolio Creation

BlendspaceLogo.JPG - Visual portfolio-like app

Poster Creation

GlogsterLogo.jpg- Free, multimedia poster-maker. Set up student accounts for educational use.

MotivatorPoster.jpg - Create motivational posters by adding your own photos and text

Presentation Creation

AheadLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations (similar to Prezi) with this flash-based tool (allows you to organize using layers like Photoshop)

PhotopeachLogo.jpg - Quickly create slide shows with captions, text, photos, and quiz questions

  • La famille - Slideshow that uses possessive adjectives, family vocab., and famous people to create a fictional family in French
  • Fotos del espacio - Slideshow of photos of black holes, supernovas, etc., labeled in Spanish
  • Polar Bear Quiz - Interactive quiz about polar bears and their habitat
  • ¿Vida o sida? - Slideshow about AIDS in Spanish (note, some images may not be suitable for classroom use
  • Y ahora . . . qué? - Slideshow about aging in Spanish

PreziLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations and concept maps

SlideStoryLogo.png - Allows you to audio narration onto a slideshow

SlideshareLogo.gif - Upload ppt presentations to share with others

Rubric Creation

Rubistar.jpg- Edit existing rubrics or create your own

Screencast Creation

JingLogo.gif- Free screencasting (requires free download)

ScreenrLogo.JPG - Easy-to-use, no download required, 5 min. limit

Script Creation

Create Your Scenario - Generates simple playscripts - especially good for elementary

Social Media Creation


HootcourseLogo.jpg - An online community similar to Twitter, but designed for use in education

SMSGenerator.JPG - Generate fake text messages

TwisterLogo.JPG - Create fake Tweets using this generator

Tag Cloud Creation

SnapshirtsLogo.jpg - Type in text, it generates a tag cloud you can print on t-shirts

TagulLogo.png - Make tag (word) clouds in different shapes
TagxedoLogo.jpg - Upload your text (or the URL of your blog) to make tag clouds in all sorts of very detailed shapes
WordleLogo.png- Make your own tag (word) cloud (Why Wordle?)

Timeline Creation

CapzlesLogo.JPG - Create embeddable timelines that include photos, audio, videos, etc.

OurStoryLogo.jpg - Create collaborative timelines with text, photos, and videos. You can also choose a type of album, answer questions, and it will generate it for you


OnlineStopwatchLogo.gif - Online Stopwatch - Use this to monitor group work, to count down how much "English Break Time" is left, etc.

Video Creation

AnimotoLogo.jpg- Upload photos, select your music, and then it will turn them into videos

GoAnimateLogo.gif- Create animated videos from stock characters, images, music, and effects, or upload your own and lay them in tracks. Students have to type text into Word and then copy and paste it in order to get diacritical marks.

SplicdLogo.jpg- Select specific segments from YouTube videos for viewing

WeVideoLogo.png - Video editing in a browser (collaborative if you pay)

TrakAxPcLogo.gif - Free audio/video editing software you can download and use to make mashups

XtranormalNewLogo.jpg - Create mini, animated videos (or greeting cards) from stock elements

  • Camila y Gozo - Sample conversation between 2 roommates made in Xtranormal (in Spanish)

Website Creation

WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation

WixLogo.jpg - Create free flash websites

Whiteboard Creation

dabbleboard_logo.png- Collaborative whiteboard

SuperstickiesLogo.png- Put your own text on a Post-it note image

Wallwisher - Collaboratively "graffiti" by posting "stickies" on this online "wall"

Wiki Creation

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces- Make your own wiki!

Filesharing & Conversion Tools

- Free online hosting and file sharing


- Requires download

MediaConvertLogo.png- - Free file conversion from one format to another

Pastelink.jpg - Allows you to link a file and send it without registration or software download.

ScribdLogo.png - Upload documents to share with others
SenduitLogo.gif - Similar to Divshare, but with an expiration time (from 30 minutes to 1 week). Super simple interface. Easy for technophobes.

TransferBigFiles.png - Extremely simple interface. Simply browse for your file, type in the e-mail address of the recipient, and click Send!

YouConvertItLogo.jpg- Convert documents to PDFs while maintaining hyperlinks

YouSendItLogo.gif- Send large files to others using this service

Productivity Tools

BiblionasiumLogo.JPG - Create your own booklists, reading groups, challenges, and reports (similar to Goodreads)

RunningRecordCalculatorLogo.JPG - Allows students to calculate accuracy, self-correction ratio, etc., when reading aloud

Reference Tools


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Language Tools



WordReference.JPG - An online dictionary, available in many languages, with links to discussion forums about usage in various contexts

Search Tools

SymbalooLogo.jpg - Create a customizable search page using icons

Tech Terms

Video Manipulation Tools

Applian FLV Player

ListenToYouTubeLogo.JPG - Pull the audio from any YouTube video here

TubeChopLogo.gif - Show specific segments of YouTube videos

ViddlerLogo.jpg- Upload up to 500MB of video, then bookmark particular segments within it or allow others to comment on it

videolan-logo.png - Open source video player that will play almost anything

ViewPureLogo.JPG - Copy and paste a YouTube link into the window. It allows you to view the video on a plain white or black screen without ads or suggested videos at the end.

ZamzarLogo.jpg- Download and convert YouTube videos

Videoconferencing Tools

SkypeLogo.png- Hold videoconferences with colleagues from around the world for free

YugmaLogo.gif- Free collaborative meeting software (requires download)