Create a written skit between one or more people with Doc Story Builder

Quick overview: Doc Story Builder tool simulates a written (i.e. – typed) conversation between one or more people writing in a simulated Google Document. While incredibly easy to use, it produces a result that looks like a polished TV commercial. This tool works on any Mac or PC computer. The tool helps students focus on writing competencies and communicating/storytelling.

Link: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com

How can it be used in the classroom? App Story Builder can be used to create a simulated conversation between two or more people to:

– Simulate a conversation between two or more historical figures
– Demonstrate spelling/grammatical mistakes in an FSL or Literacy class
– Introduce a new concept to your class in the form of a funny skit
– Ask student to create their own skits around a certain topic

How does it work? First, you choose the names of the characters in your skit. Next, write in the text and preview what it looks like with your choice of the included (copyright free) music. That’s it! App Story Builder will then put together a little animated story that can be shared with others via a unique link. See example:
docstoryBenefits and Limitations: There’s no need to create an account, it’s easy to use, and produces great results. That being said, ask students to keep things short and I highly suggest you limit the amount of times you use this with your students. If used too often, the tool will likely become tiresome and the novelty will quickly wear off. The background music does not (currently) work on Apple iOS devices. (Thanks to Elizabeth Walhof, Educational Technology Specialist at Douglass County School District for telling me about this tool at one of our sessions at ISTE 2013!)

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2 Responses to Create a written skit between one or more people with Doc Story Builder

  1. In Thursday’s workshop at LHA, thanks again for introducing us to the App “Explain Everything” and especially for bringing the iPads in so we could learn how to use it on the spot. Too often the conferences end up being long lectures on the evils of lecturing, but not this time around. I also used the App this morning to put this video together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_BJMqNicfI

    • avispector says:

      You’ve honestly made my day. Glad to hear you liked the workshop – it’s always tricky presenting to audience that you are not familiar with. Last (but definitely) not least, I love your video with Explain Everything! Let me know how it goes if you make more for your students. I always like to show examples of teacher work.

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