Google Story Builder: A Digital Alternative to Summarizing

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.06.52 PMI was introduced to Google Story Builder months ago, but needed time to reflect on it’s use, functionality, and alignment to the Common Core Standards and literary content in which I default to because of my passions.  This is what I concluded:

  1. Story Builder is easy to use.
  2. It could be created alone or used collaboratively.
  3. The sharing capabilities make it accessible to an audience different than the traditional teacher.
  4. It has music choices and automatically plays in video form.

In my example, I focus on students summarizing difficult text and retelling a scene from Romeo and Juliet in their own words. These skills align with both the reading and writing standards and provide an alternative to simply summarizing the play on a piece of paper. Using Quicktime, or any other screen capture app, students could record their story and continue to edit and add different multimedia options to their end product.



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