Just like the ability to create a coherent argument in the form of an essay is a valuable skill, the ability to construct and communicate a compelling message in a mixed media format like a digital story is becoming increasingly valuable. Using digital storytelling in the classroom gives learners the opportunity to practice telling a story in a mixed media format, which is is incredibly hard to do (just like learning to write a solid essay takes time and practice). I hope this page of resources and ideas is helpful as you prepare for and use digital storytelling within your classroom community.
Before you surf through any of the resources on this page, be sure to visit Alan Levine's unbelievable collection of resources over at his CogDogRoo - StoryTools wiki. His ideas for starting out with digital storytelling significantly simply the process and lower the barriers for anyone interested in using this medium in the classroom.
Most of these sites have a free component along with a subscription option that offers greater features.
Jaycut - A free online video editor. Just think of iMovie, but no special software is needed as the editing is done directly through the web browser.