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Google Doc Story Builder

Remember Google Search Story?  

Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder.

Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits.  

Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles.  Because no login is required to create a story, this may be a nice option for use with the under 13 set. 

Spanish teacher, Teri Santivasci and I experimented using Story Builder for dialog creation.

I can see the potential for several creative assessments and projects:

  • animating poetry
  • grammar correction videos
  • imagined dialogs between literary characters
  • imagined debates between politicians or historical characters
  • white board story brainstorming
  • an opening story for a lesson
Here’s an example of a math story from rafranz davis.

And additional suggestions for classroom use from Angie Kalthoff.

A negative note:  Finished stories are assigned a URL, but I see no way to upload created stories to YouTube or Vimeo or to embed them.  I suppose they might be captured with a screencasting tool, but that’s a lot of work!


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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