Building a Google Docs Story

Here’s a cute little writing activity.  It’s called the Google Docs Stories Builder.  You’re not going to write the next great Canadian novel but it’s a fun little activity.  The activity starts here.

Every story needs characters so you’ll begin by adding them.

The two characters in this story are my fine furry friend Jaimie and me.  I’ll add the characters to the builder.  You’ll notice immediately that the names appear with a flag in the story window.

So, a typical dialogue between the two of us would go like this.

And, no story would be complete without a little music…

The whole process is interesting.  It reminded me of creating Google Search Stories.

The story would serve well as an introduction to multiple authors of a Google Document.  You easily get a sense of how the flag follows your cursor around the screen and how text can be inserted and edited.

I do get a feeling, unfortunately, that it’s still a work in progress.  There is no “Login” option – just an option to create a new Google account.  Even though I was logged in to my Google account, I wasn’t able to have a sense that I was logged in to Google Docs Story Builder.  I was hoping that there would have been an option to save my story to YouTube just like Google Search Stories.  After all, your construction can be played back as a movie with typewriter effects for those of us old enough to appreciate it…

Perhaps one of you reading this blog will tell me where I missed something.

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The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

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  1. So, how would you use it? I see it as a great opportunity for a little collaborative writing. 1 computer and 1 or more authors building on a story starter…

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