3 November 2018

Collaborative Gaming with Stories

Tapping, swiping. 

Swiping, tapping. 

A world where likes, taps and swipes take power over from turning a page, savoring a metaphor, imagining settings and characters. 

Is the magic of storytelling over?

Not really. Books are still being published, still being read and appreciated. However, multimedia has fostered another kind of reading habit, one that may be collaborative and with gaming elements, making storytelling equally engaging for readers today. 

Storium is a multiplayer, collaborative storytelling game, which a class of students can use to create stories together. 

Instead of struggling with ideas on their own, learners can build characters and plots together within a game-like environment. 

For teachers, steps are clearly explained here:

"Here’s how it works, in a nutshell:

As the teacher, you create a virtual classroom and fill it with accounts for your students.
Students create games and invite their classmates in groups of 2-4. You get to approve every game before it can start.

Each student in the game controls one of the story’s characters, which are just like the protagonists in a movie or book.

Games are divided into scenes, just like in a movie. Students play one scene at a time, collaboratively writing a story as they go.

Students play by taking turns using virtual playing cards called story cards. They serve as writing prompts, so students always have some sense of what they should be writing about and what makes sense for the story.

These cards come from a storyworld. We provide an example storyworld but you can create your own to support your specific learning goals, or you can use ones that have been created and shared by other teachers."

Storium  also includes other tutorial videos supporting how to create characters, story cards and more. Additionally, there is a shared library with stories which teachers may use with their own classes. Young Adult Dystopia is an example.

Storytelling is powerful regardless of one's choice of media. Whether telling a story with  a podcast, orally, written or  with a video, it's the plot and characters which engage the audience.  The more learners are involved in writing stories, the more motivated they will be to read as well. 

How do you get students to write stories collaboratively?

Divers (Short Animation) from Paris Mavroidis on Vimeo.

Further Suggestions: 

Storytelling with Avatars and Timelines

Finding Meaning through Projects and Storytelling

Visuals for Storytelling

Forms of Storytelling

Summer Stories with New Storytelling Tools

Steller Storytelling

30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Students’ Attention

The Future of Visual Storytelling

Ursula K. Le Guin on Redeeming the Imagination from the Commodification of Creativity and How Storytelling Teaches Us to Assemble Ourselves

Using Storytelling in eLearning Can Drive Behavior Change

Why You Need To Use Storytelling For Learning

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