Writing and Video app - Toontastic, designed with Stanford School of Education, is a wonderful storytelling app. Students create a cartoon or animated story with a scaffold called the Story Arc that allows writers to choose from five scene types: setup, conflict, challenge, climax and resolution. Students can select from Toontastics characters and setting or they can draw their own. FREE for basic kit, but worth purchasing the All Access pass for the historic scenes and characters; discounted to @ $4.99 for educational purchasing.
Have students learn about conflict, resolution and other story elements by creating their own story. Retell historic events, or report on any subject in science or social studies by drawing. Cartoons are uploaded to the Toontastic site as public or private after they've been approved by the teacher, who will need to create a free account. Students can search for other cartoons by key words or world location.