Creating interactive stories teaches children creativity, language, computer skills and logical thinking - all at the same time! I first got excited about the idea after an inspiring workshop at a local secondary school a year or so ago, which showed pupils how to create interactive stories and so we started writing our own at school using twine which was really successful. I've recently been looking at other ways to write interactive stories using Google Apps for Education including YouTube, Google Forms, Slides and Docs.

Using Google Forms

Here Google forms are used to sequence the story and then it is made live on the internet for anyone to read/play. An great example below is from Sylvia Duckworth, an MFL teacher from Ontario, Canada.

Sylvia has used multiple choice options in Google Forms from which the reader decides which page of the form to go to next. Each question is required and seperated by a page break to ensure that a decision is made and the reader progresses to the next stage of the journey.

This needs a lot of planning and structuring as other tools, such as twine and inklewriter, allow you to create a flowchart to work out the logic. With Google forms, you need to do this for yourself.

Using YouTube

A really exciting way to create interactive stories is through video. YouTube has a function called annotations which allow you to click on parts of the video which will open up other videos. A fabulous example of this is included below:

Low budget versions are also available:

I think this is great as primary school children with access to movie maker apps on mobile devices can easily create their own interactive videos, upload them to Youtube, add the annotations and get them to a wide audience.

More information on Google annotations is available here.

Using Google Slides

As you could with Powerpoint, you can also create interactive stories using Google Slides and make them available on the Internet. I remember creating them with a year 6 class using Powerpoint and they were blown away. Being able to put them up on the internet immediately is even cooler!

The interative Google Slides presentation above is by Rolland Chidiac and lots more information about how to create them is available on his blog.

Using Google Docs

Interactive stories can also be created in Google Docs using either bookmarks or headings. This is explained by Kim Pollishuke in her video tutorial below:

As you can see, if you're using Google Apps for Education in your school, you have lots of options open to write interactive stories with your class. I'm really looking forward to trying out the YouTube option above as I think my year 5 class will love it.


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