Digital Storytelling in the Primary Classroom (online)

In this course, you will learn how to integrate digital storytelling into your classroom activities. You will look at several tools that you can use in class, as well as some activities you could use to promote literacy, numeracy, STEM education and special educational needs. You will practice using an online tool (Adobe Spark, Book Creator or Toontastic) to create a short video from a story.

Duration1 hour
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll (primary) teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please go to/return to the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Create, modify and edit a digital story
  • Integrate digital storytelling into your classroom
  • Consider the learning objective and context when creating digital stories.

Course Content

The course content includes:

  • A description of the main benefits of using digital storytelling in your classroom
  • A video exemplar highlighting elements of good practice in primary classrooms when using Toontastic for digital storytelling
  • Sample activities involving digital storytelling that you can use to enhance your teaching of literacy, numeracy, STEM, and to use with pupils who have special educational needs
  • Online tutorials on how to use online tools (Adobe Spark, Book Creator and Toontastic) to create digital stories.
  • Opportunities to use one of these online tools to create a short video clip and to share it with others via a link.