For the purposes of post, I’m defining collaborative storytelling as a process where one person begins telling a story, and then various others continue and complete it.
can be a great in-class exercise just doing it an overhead or whiteboard, and it can be a lot of fun doing it online, too.
A simple way do it online is, while students are doing another project their computers in the computer lab, just keep one computer open where student can take turns writing portions of the story. You can see various tools my students have used do just that, along with a couple of stories they wrote including illustrations. One of the stories ends with me getting eaten by a tiger 🙂 (unfortunately, most of those stories are no longer available).
There are quite a few online tools that a designed make kind of collaborative storytelling much easier do. However, most of them allow anybody make additions and offer few controls for inappropriate content.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling:
Folding Story is a new site, which does not have private groups now. They, too, say that they will be implementing feature in the future.
Right now, the only site that says it lets you create your own groups is Storytimed. But they also won’t let you do it until you contribute at least four of their open stories, and I just haven’t had time do that yet.
So, for right now, I’d say the best bet is do it the way I’ve been doing it for years with students taking turns the same computer. In a few weeks, though, it looks like we’ll all have other options.
(For another great way use collaborative storytelling, see A Good & Simple Collaborative Storytelling Lesson)
I just learned about another neat low-tech way from Marisa Constantinides. Here’s the tweet she :
Collaborative story writing (or other genre) where Students begin writing and every 2 mins paper changes hands until you get back your own
Chain Stories is from Nesrin Eren’s blog.
Collaborative writing activities is by Rachael Roberts.
Taleship is a new simple site designed to promote “slow” collaborative writing. You write something, and then you invite a new person to continue the story.
Branch is a new smartphone app that lets users create collaborative stories.
MashApp lets you start a story told with video and then lets others continue it.
A Collaborative Writing Project for the Secondary ELA Classroom is from The Daring English Teacher.
Story Duel is a similar tool though, here, after students write different chapters of a story, everyone votes on which one should be added.
Additional suggestions are welcome.
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