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Snap1B: Choose Your Own (Google) Adventure Stories

Location: W175c, Table 2

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Tuesday, June 26, 12:15–1:15 pm
Location: W175c, Table 2

Jonathan Wylie  
Learn how to create fun, interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories using Google Docs, Forms, Presentations and even Google Sites. They're a great way to add a new dimension to your digital storytelling in language arts, social studies, science and more!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A school G Suite Education or public Google account
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how students can plan and create a Choose Your Own Adventure story that has curricular connections using Google Docs, Slides, Sites and Forms.


Introduction - What are Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories & how can they be used in the classroom (3 mins)

How to plan a CYOA story with collaborative digital tools (5mins)

Show an example of a CYOA story created in Google Forms to illustrate the rock cycle in Science. Unpack how it was created by showing how to link to sections in a Google Form based on an answer. (5mins)

Show an example of a CYOA story created in Google Slides to tell a digital story in Language Arts. Unpack how it was created by showing how to link to slides in a Google Slides presentation. (5mins)

Show an example of a CYOA story created in Google Docs to tell a digital story in Social Studies. Unpack how it was created by showing how to create a folder of documents in Drive and link to each one. (5mins)

Show an example of a CYOA story created in Google Sites to tell a story. Unpack how it was created by showing how to create and link to hidden pages that don’t appear in the site navigation. (5mins)

Conclusion - Questions and further ideas (2 mins)

Time permitting, the audience will be invited to try one of each type of CYOA story, at that point in the presentation, in order to experience what it is like as a reader/student.

Supporting research

“Stories without digital work, digital without stories doesn’t.
It is the special responsibility of teachers to ensure that students use technology to serve the story, and not the other way around.”
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity (2nd Edition) by Jason Ohler

There is an art to storytelling and a sequence to unfolding the story to the end. In the process of storytelling, we become more creative, gain speaking skills, and improve our verbal organizing skills and our ability to empathize. Now, with digital stories, pictures enhance storytelling's visual communication and appeal. The process includes planning, writing, editing, illustrating, and producing the components so that we communicate the heartfelt essence, not just the events."
The Power of Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: Telling Stories With Technology by Peggy Benton (Edutopia) -

"Just like any other time that you use technology with your students, you won't be handing them the device and sending them off to create. When it comes to publishing with technology, students should be at the end of the writing process. They've already drafted, revised, and edited their personal narrative, or their group has already come together to plan a presentation of their argument for an opinion piece of writing."
Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom by Dr. Monica Burns (Edutopia) -

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Jonathan Wylie, Grant Wood AEA

Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant for Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, IA. He works with school districts in the Eastern Iowa area to help them enhance teaching and learning with technology.

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