Elementary School

Draw and Tell – Create Animated Stories

Draw and Tell is a free iPad app that elementary school students can use to create simple animated stories. At its most basic level Draw and Tell provides blank canvases on which students can draw pictures and or write notes. The app provides students with a variety of canvases including a blank screen, lined screens, graph paper, and colorful background borders. Students can draw on these canvases by using virtual pencils, pens, crayons, and paints. Students can also apply digital stickers and stencils to their creations in Draw and Tell. If making drawings is all your students need to do, then they can save their drawings in the app and on their iPads’ camera rolls.

Draw and Tell is more than just a drawing tool. The app includes options for students to record themselves talking about the things they are drawing. Those recordings are saved with their drawings as simple video files. All of the files are saved in the app. Students can combine their video files to make longer animations. Or, as Tom Daccord pointed out in this post, students can use the video files in other apps like iMovie.

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