Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tip of the Week: Inklewriter: 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Digital Writing Tool: March 6th, 2013


inklewriter is a FREE tool designed to let you write and publish interactive, choose-your-own-adventure (or branching) stories. Once created, your stories can be published and shared! The reader can choose whichever path they want the story to take as they read along!

Title, author, beginning, introduction, sections or paragraphs... these are some of the elements you will include in your story. After each section is written, the author creates different outcomes from which the reader can choose while reading to create a unique reading experience. You can add images as well, and you can choose to see the 'map' of your story charted out visually in a flowchart.

Click Here for an Inkle story on the topic of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books :)  And even more fun - check out this story on Jamestown created by two students in Shannon Famigletti's 5th grade class @ Noyes.  Yet another great use for an interactive story tool which is to help deepen understanding of the curriculum.

This unique digital storytelling tool can be used in any content area and teachers can create student logins.  One of the newest features allows you to incorporate mathematical value statements..  for example:

"How Much? ...you can now write the value of a counter into the text of your story, either as numbers or as words. To do this we’ve introduced a new kind of inline bracket – square ones, with a function name, and then a colon. In this case the functions are “number” and “value”. So writing:
‘It’s my birthday,’ says the boy. ‘I’m [number:age]. Well, [value:age] and a half.’
will produce text like:
‘It’s my birthday,’ says the boy. ‘I’m 5. Well, five and a half.’
The numbers-as-words can go up to several billion, should you really need them to, and they can go negative as well!" 

How cool!

"This is a great tool for teachers who want to create  differentiated reading experiences. For example, instead of creating story branches for plot direction, teachers might create statements that gauge reading comprehension. They can then deliver the remaining parts of the text in smaller or larger chunks as students display understanding." (https://www.edsurge.com/n/2012-11-28-s-cool-tool-inklewriter)

"We want to bring non-linear storytelling to the mainstream."

2 comments:

  1. Inklewriter looks very cool as a tool for presentation to a community of learners or parents. I can see how it would lend itself to interesting non-linear story writing. We've seen it in the movies from time to time. Why not in public school?!

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  2. I remember my son loving those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books in the 80's.. :) Technology is making it so much easier and accessible for anyone to be a writer..

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