Jan 18, 2015

Gone Google Story Builder

I was reminded of Gone Google Story Builder this weekend as I was surfing the net. I think it has the potential to be a great tool for learning. Gone Google Story Builder creates a mini movie of your writing process. It is a very short story/video, as you are limited to ten characters and ten exchanges.

Here are some samples: 

Watch this video of a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Here is an example of a story builder titled "Earth: Center of the Universe?"

Another example of creating a math story in story builder:

Ready to try?

Here's how:
  • Go to "Gone Google Story Builder"
  • Click start and type in the name of the characters in the left hand side (up to 10 characters). Then click write story.
  • Choose the character then enter their text.
  • Add music.
  • Give your story a title.
  • Get the link.
(Here is a planning document: Docs Story Builder)

Possible applications in the classroom:
  • Write a story
  • Share learning (exit slip)
  • Perhaps students can predict how a character in a story may react?
  • Create a math problem?

Note: There is also a cool addition to Google Story called "Masters Edition."  See what it is like to collaborate with famous storytellers.  When I tried it, the story starter was: "It was the best of times, it was..." Then I added "the worst of times. Suddenly (my favorite poet) Emily Dickinson wrote "An hour behind the fleeting breath" and as I went to type, Edgar Allen Poe edited what Emily wrote!

What ways can your students use Gone Google Story Builder for learning?

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