StoryTubes is a Public Library/ Schools Partnership Program which has been running for the past 3 years in the United States and Canada, and it’s aim is to excite children of all ages about books and reading by engaging them with technology.  To participate, students have to video themselves promoting a book in less than 2 minutes, upload it to either YouTube or TeacherTube, and then enter it into the StoryTubes competition.

According to the 2008 Kids and Family ReportReading in the 21st Century: Turning the Page with Technology, kids who extend their reading experience via the Internet are more likely to value and enjoy reading. Project initiators, Denise Raleigh, Betsy O’Connell and Faith Brautigam, say the project “is about marrying enthusiasm for reading with the exploration of new technologies….  StoryTubes allows kids to be both creators and interactive users of technology, and provides impassioned peer book recommendations that have no geographical boundaries.” (YSL Online Reading Conference)

“Both StoryPalooza in 2007 and the StoryTubes 2008 Contest were dependent on schools and public libraries working cooperatively.  Schools often secured parental permission, worked with students to develop their online booktalks, and provided technical expertise to tape and upload the entries.  Public library partners structured the contests, provided the staff time to review entries and manage the event, and secured prizes.”  (

Click here to watch a video explaining what StoryTubes is about, or click here to read about it.

My favourite entry from the 2009 winners is this enthusiastic Year 1 student promoting the book New York New York The Big Apple from A to Z by: Laura Krauss Melmed:

This video can be found at

Wordia – Redefining the Dictionary

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This could be a good site for English or Science teachers who would like to give their students something extra to do something as an extension activity – in this case, add visual definitions for words.

Here they can search for a word and watch a video which explains what that word means to someone else, or alternatively they can choose a word and upload a video they have created, explaining briefly how that word has relevance for them.

As an example, this video clip shows illustrator Quentin Blake explaining what the word ‘illustration’ means to him.

Digital Storytelling


Digital storytelling is not something that I have tried out yet, but I would love to explore it a bit more. This page is part of a wiki,  Grazing for Digital Natives,  and was created by Jennifer Dorman, an educational consultant and trainer. It covers all imaginable aspects of digital storytelling, including links to:

Online resources and research; Primary source resources; Examples of digital stories; Workshop and conference presentations (uploaded using SlideShare); Scaffolding ideas; Storytelling ideas; Software tutorials; Online video editors; Video hosting; Image editors; Image resources; Audio resources; Image / video mashups; Timeline generators; Comic tools; Mapping tools; Citation resources and copyright information.


“We absolutely own our story, and through digital storytelling we generate even greater power, which often leads to personal transformation and by extension, to community change”


Digital Storytelling 2.0: What’s Next?  by David Jakes

“In 2008 and beyond, being a learner means being connected, and that means understanding how to develop connections through online networks.  These connections, and the networks they reside within, form the basis of a personalized learning network that literally can make learning a 24/7 endeavor that involves co-learners and co-teachers from around the globe.  Central to this ability to learn online, to participate online, is the ability to craft messages that have the potential to impact others.  Schools need to prepare students for a lifetime of storytelling through a variety of media, so that students can have a voice, and a voice that is heard.”