Identified as one of the oldest forms of communication, story- telling creates connections and stretches our imaginations. The
need to share and interpret stories
in the classroom is still important,
we just have more ways of telling it
using technology. Varying your les-
son presentation between traditional
storytelling and online sources can
be engaging for students living in a
world filled with technology. Cap-
ture the attention of your students by
integrating some of these great online
stories, When Picasso Met Mootisse,
written by Nina Laden, is read aloud
by an actor and is a change of pace
from a traditional read-aloud story
based on artwork in the Tate collection. The prompting questions make it
a great way for students to get started
interpreting visual images and writing
about them immediately.
Using a similar writing and submission format, Haring Kids (tinyurl.
com/HaringStory) also has a useful
elementary writing tool inspired by
Keith Haring’s work.
Audio and Interaction
Most appropriate for elementary students, Arturo’s Art Stories (arturosart-
stories.org) from the Dallas Museum
of Art uses animation, audio, and user
interaction to explore the meaning
behind artwork. These stories could
easily be used as an introduction to
a unit or as an independent student
Another site useful for younger
students is Story Line Online (www.
storylineonline.net) presented by
members of the Screen Actors Guild.
Listed among other children’s classic
Language Arts Integration
Tate Tales (
a website useful for all grades that
allows students to create or read about
stories submitted by other students
The Art of Storytelling (
storytelling.org) sponsored by the
Delaware Art Museum, is an engaging
website appropriate for all levels. The
first of three categories on the site lets
you experience a story about a piece of
fine art by listening or reading content
created by website visitors. In the second category, choose an inspirational
work of art and write or record an
audio story about it. The third category contains a collage builder that
uses images from the collection to create a new composition producing new
meanings or stories.
Technology has never been more
relevant and integrated into the lives
of students as it is today. Online content can help you reach these techie
kids and achieve some of your instructional goals. There’s more than one
way to tell a story, and these online
resources will help.
Theresa McGee is an elementary art educator in Hinsdale Illinois and writes an
art education blog ( teachingpalette.com).