The SAMR method is a fantastic way to evaluate how you are incorporating technology into your instruction. This is a great video to check out if you want to ensure that technology is increasing engagement for your students.
8 steps for beginning with digital storytelling outlined here with links to additional information. This overview is a great place to start. Be sure to check out other links on this site especially the Example Stories.
Using iMovie on a mobile device make the digital storytelling process easy. Gather images, videos and audio tracks then your story can be told in a movie or trailer format. First time users may find it easiest to begin with the specific themes available for both formats. Here are some thoughts from teachers about using iMovie: http://teacherhacks.net/using-imovie-the-classroom/ and http://iteachwithipads.net/2013/06/17/using-imovie-in-the-classroom/
The Puppet Pals app is so fun to use. Students add characters using those available in the app or from images stored on their device. Add in a background then begin to record your story while animating the characters on the screen. Take a look also at these additional sites that review the app [https://www.graphite.org/app/puppet-pals-hd] and provide a few ideas to get you started. [http://www.digitalclassrooms.co.uk/puppet-pals/]
30 Hands is a really simple interface for students to use in creating and structuring stories that include video, still images and audio. Here are two websites created by teachers to help you get started: http://jonathanwylie.com/2013/05/15/30-hands-a-versatile-free-multimedia-ipad-app/ and http://jonathanwylie.com/2013/05/15/30-hands-a-versatile-free-multimedia-ipad-app/
Once a student has structured their story, Adobe Voice helps to bring it to life. Give your story a title, add pictures, then add your voice to tell the story. The app makes it easy to have a beautifully created story ready in a very short time. Here are some thoughts about its use from a college professor [http://www.reading.org/literacy-daily/digital/post/engage/2015/05/08/share-it-explain-it-teach-it-with-adobe-voice] and a classroom teacher [http://beyondthetools.com/2014/05/students-tell-
Kathy does an awesome job of bringing together resources to support the use of technology in classrooms. Her page will link you to additional information about connecting storytelling with instruction. In addition, you'll find an extensive list of software and apps that can be used in all grade levels and content areas.
This is a great poster created by a teacher to help others learn about using this app. The Toontastic app is set up to guide students through the steps in a story arc to help them create their stories. Pre-installed images/themes can be used as the background to create stories around a theme, or use photos stored on your device can be inserted. Every time a step in the story arc is completed the student will be led to the next step. Here are some tips and ideas about using the app from a classr