iPad Digital Story Telling Apps

Apps are plentiful and we cannot keep current on all app offerings or those that are recently developed. This list is an attempt to put together 10+ apps that teachers in our districts are finding useful for digital story telling. We have also included a few links near the bottom of sites that list apps by subject area that might be useful. This list will evolve as we continue to have workshops and explore new apps.

App: ToonTastic
Description: Designed in partnership with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, Toontastic teaches key storytelling principles that help to promote Creativity at a young age. Toontastic’s drawing tools bring kids’ wildest ideas to life alongside virtual playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, far away galaxies, and many other characters and settings to spark the imagination. Cartoons can be shared online via ToonTube, Toontastic’s Global Storytelling Network, to help children connect to friends and family and learn about other cultures, customs, and lifestyles through stories created by their peers around the world.

Creating a Cartoon with Toontastic is as Easy as…
1. Select a scene on the Story Arc: A Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, or Resolution.
2. Draw your own Setting and Characters, or custom color a Character from our collection of pirates, princesses, swashbucklers, and more.
3. Press the Start Animation button and move your characters around onscreen, telling your story through play. Toontastic will record and play back your animations and your voice as an animated cartoon.
4. Choose the music for your scene by adjusting the scene’s Emotional Energy level and plotting out the perfect Story Arc.
5. Title your cartoon and upload it to ToonTube for friends and family to see all around the world!

storypatch.jpgApp: Story Patch
Description: Story Patch is a new application for the iPad that students can use to create their own picture books. Hundred of images are included as well as the ability to import photos. With this app, students will be creating fun and engaging stories in no time!

tap_memories.jpgApp: Tappy Memoriestap_memories-screen.jpg
Description: Built in categories, questions and unique interview style help you conquer the blank page. When you feel up to it, write your own!
❖ Record your answers using the iPad’s built in microphone. Need a second to think of something? We added a pause button just for the occasion.
❖ Answer the questions yourself or ask a loved one the questions you’ve always wanted answered.
❖ Look up events and dates using the built in browser.
❖ Add multiple photos to your entry to bring the story to life.
❖ Ability to write, reorder and delete questions.
❖ Your entries are secure with built in passcode for each user as well as the app.
❖ Now you can backup and restore your Tappy Memories journal using iTunes File Sharing.
We hope you enjoy our app and would love your feedback. We are striving to create a fun and feature filled app that is a joy to use.

Graphic Novel Creation Tools/Apps:

comicstrip.jpgApp: Comic Stripcomicstrip-screen.jpg
Description: Live. Create. Share. ComicStrip - CS is the only photography app with Facebook photo tagging!

  • You can DRAG theTAIL of the BUBBLE to any position on the screen
  • Bubbles AUTOMATICALLY RESIZE to the amount of text you write
  • Use 2 finger pinch to zoom and rotate
  • Double tap on pictures and stickers to delete them
Cost: $.99

strip_designer.jpgApp: Strip Designerstrip_designer-screen.jpgstri
Description: Be creative and use the photos from your photo album or iPhone camera and create your own personal comic strips. You can even create cool strips that look like film-rolls! Add text balloons and boxes where you want and customize the font, colors and opacity and size. Add stickers and other content to add more spice to your stories. Once you have finished your masterpiece you can save it to your photo album, email it to your friends, upload it to Facebook, Flickr or create a Tweet with Twitter and Twitpic -- All from within Strip Designer. While you design the strips, you can freely pan and zoom to manipulate even the smallest details. Photos can be scaled, zoomed and rotated to get just the right placement.
Cost: $2.99 (as of 4-2012)


cartoonstudio.jpgApp: Cartoon Studio
Description: Create multi-celled cartoons straight from your iPad! Try Cartoon Studio for free and Upgrade to Cartoon Studio Pro with an InApp purchase to remove advertisements, gain advanced editing functionality and loads of characters and backgrounds to use in your cartoons.Create multi-celled cartoons and upload and share your cartoons on your iPAD. With additional art packs available for downloading (and more packs to be added) there is no excuse to not start creating cartoons now!
Cost: Free (as of 4-2012)

PhotoComic_for_ipad.jpgApp: PhotoComic
Description: Capture the right moments and be creative with PhotoComic! Create your own comic strip andshare with your friends. With various bubbles, layouts and action words you can create what ever you want with PhotoComic. Start by selecting a layout, then add photos to each frame. PhotoComic is easy to use and discover. Each added bubble body and tail is movable. Interaction with every object is possible by double-tapping.
Cost: Free (as of 4-2012)

comics_creator.jpgApp: Comic Creatorcomics_creator-screen.jpg
Description: Turn your personal photography into a real, full-length Comic Book! That’s right – grab a drink, sit back, and relax. Comic Creator allows you to manually insert your pictures into our fully-customizable templates for the best, most creative comic book experience on the market. Rotate, pan, zoom in, & zoom out – it’s all up to your endless imagination. Our pre-designed selection of 10 templates give you the ability to toggle and manipulate the pictures that fit your comic the best. But that’s not all. Feel free to choose from 12 different stylized bubble captions that make your story POP!.
Key Features: 10 custom comic-page layouts 12 custom caption bubbles Rotate (using 2-fingers), Zoom in/out Share: Email, Facebook, and Twitter Export multiple-page Comic via PDF
Cost: $1.99 (as of 4-2012)

Video & Photo Story Creation Tools/Apps:

imovie.jpgApp: iMovie for iPad imovie-screen.jpg
Requirements: iPad 2, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation)
Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and the amazing new iPad 2. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the stunning Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music, and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles, and transitions. And you can share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.
  • Made for Multi-Touch.
  • Tap to add video, photos, music, and sound effects.
  • Drag to trim the length of any clip.
  • Pinch to zoom the timeline.
  • Slide to scrub through your project.
  • On iPad, pinch vertically to open the Precision Editor.ReelDirector-screen.jpg
Cost: $4.99

ReelDirector.jpgApp: ReelDirector
Description: If you really dig video editing and want to take full control, you should get ReelDirector:
  • High quality HD output, only re-compress when necessary, quality loss due to editing is minimal.
  • Highly customizable text treatment - where you want it, how you want it.
  • Unique transitions: out of focus fade, white out - 28 in total.
  • Use your own intro and splash videos that were not recorded with iPhone.
  • Real multitasking, renders in the background and no need to restart the whole export if interrupted
Cost: $1.99

Image Editing Tools/Apps:

filterstorm.jpgApp: FilterStormfilterstorm-screen.jpg
Description: Filterstorm was designed from the ground up to meet your iPad photo editing needs. Using a uniquely crafted touch interface, Filterstorm allows for more intuitive editing than its desktop counterparts with a toolset designed for serious photography. Filterstorm contains a suite of powerful tools including curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning. It also includes the powerful ability to apply any of the available filters by brush or color range, as well as to the entire image.

Cost: $3.99 (as of 4-2012)

photoshopexpress.jpegApp: PhotoShop Express Mobile
Description: Photoshop Express Mobile for iPhone lets you quickly and easily edit and share your photos with simple gestures directly on your iPhone. Photoshop.com Mobile is like having your entire photo and video library in your pocket without wasting your phone's valuable storage space.
Cost: Free

App: Tiltshift
Description: Transform a scene into a miniature world. This application simulates a tilt-shift lens that tricks your mind into viewing a photo as a miniature scene like a model railroad for example. Focus on a linear or elliptical region in the image with visual guides and interactively adjust the amount of blur for maximum effect. Increase color saturation, contrast or brightness to increase the toy model look. Create a nice blur effect with the lens blur filter in night scene photos.
Blooming strength and threshold are adjustable. You can even choose a shaped aperture (hexagon, heart, dollar sign, etc.) if you like
Cost: $1.99

tiltshift_generator.jpgApp: Tiltshift Generatortiltshift_generator-screen.jpg
Description: TiltShift Generator lets you apply radical depth-of-field effects to your photos. By throwing out of focus things that ought to be in focus, scenes appear as if in miniature. Confused?Check out the screenshots below for a taste of what's possible! While the cool linear and radial depth-of-field effects are the reason you need this app, TiltShift Generator does a whole lot more. You can adjust the color saturation, brightness and contrast, as well as applying vignetting for an authentically lo-fi lens look.
Cost: $2.99

toonpaint.jpgApp: ToonPAINT
Description: ToonPAINT allows you to easily create awesome looking cartoon-paintings with your own photos. Even if you have never drawn or painted before, ToonPAINT sets you up for quick success by providing a "MagiSketch" that you can simply color-in. It's as easy as "paint-by-numbers", but using your own personal images. Unlike other photography apps, ToonPAINT is not just an image filter -- it's a smart-painting application that enables you to express your creativity and obtain compelling results without requiring you to take Art classes.
Cost: Free

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