Sunday, 2 December 2012

Be Creative with Google's Story Builder

I came across this app before, but must admit that I didn't know what I was looking at. At first glance, it just looks like a screen recording of Google Docs but taking the time to actually watch the video made it clearer. With this app you can choose up to 10 different characters and their names will appear beside the Google Doc cursor. You can then enter and edit text as those characters to create short, but engaging, 'stories'. Finally, you can choose to add music before sharing with the world.

Take a look at the videos here ('Ark' is my personal favourite) and then consider the applications. Click here to explore and create.

Some ideas that come to mind for when this could be useful:

  • Express ideas on characters from history or literature, as in this example
  • Explore perspectives as different characters edit collaborative efforts e.g. legal proposals being edited by different political parties or the 3 little pigs' versus the wolf's account of what happened
  • Simply get creative - a new way of storytelling or adapting old tales