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Friday Freebie: Create Interactive Stories with InkleWriter

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Today's Friday Freebie is InkleWriter - a great website that allows you to create interactive stories. What's an interactive story? It's a story in which the reader gets to choose which paths will be taken while reading the story.
Here's a great example: http://writer.inklestudios.com/stories/musgraveritual
While writing your story, you build in choices (or paths) that the reader has to choose from. Will the hero go left or right? Will the graduate go to UT or A&M? Will the damsel in distress pick the knight on the white horse, the black horse, or the Porsche?
In the writing mode, you decide how many paths there are at each juncture, then follow that path to fill in each part of that journey. Then you have to go "back up the path" to write the other part of the journey. It can be a bit confusing at times, but InkleWriter lets you see your story as a map, and also lets you know if you have any "loose ends." (That is choices that have nowhere to …

Making PSA's That Stick!

Our 8th grade science teacher asked me to come to her classes today to talk about creating Public Service Announcements (PSA's). She's having her students enter a contest on the creation of PSA's for endangered species.

I asked her about her timeline for the project and when I found out that the kids have ample time, I asked if I could hold off on showing them about the mechanics of creating the ad, and concentrate on the idea of how to create messages that "stick." The fact is the students can figure out the software (they'll be using iMovie on the iPad). However, I have found that students don't often know how to "craft the message."

So, today I'm sharing ideas from one of my favorite books, "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath. On their "Made to Stick" website, they offer this description of the book:
"Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, a…