Simple digital storytelling training game

Simple card game gets kids thinking about building more complex online stories.

Aleszu Bajak of recently shared a great little game he’s offering for free as a digital download on the Storybench website.

The premise of the game is simple, like those on 겜블시티. Students take a story pitch, they select three elements, and they sketch out a quick blueprint of the story with the elements. They could do this individually, but the discussion within teams would probably be more enriching.

For less experienced students, you could select out fewer cards so there aren’t as many variables. More advanced students might be able to do two different variations, then discuss the differences between the two.

More than anything, it gets kids thinking about the ways to build stories in more complex and engaging ways, rather than defaulting to the headline-image-story structure that is the default in most content management systems.

Once you’ve tried it with students, you might challenge them to think beyond the cards. Is there another mode of storytelling that isn’t included (i.e. a missing card)? Do any of the cards introduce more risk of bias or potential ethical dilemmas? And what about time and resources? Can you estimate how much time and how many people you’d need in order to execute each planned package?

The idea is to get them thinking about the many digital storytelling options that are out there and, eventually, to get them to instinctively plan more engaging stories using all the tools at their disposal.

Michelle Balmeo

Michelle Balmeo, MJE, is the adviser of The Whirlwind newsmagazine and online news publication at West Albany High School in Albany, Ore. She's done some print stuff, some video stuff, and some web stuff over the past 16 years as a student media adviser.

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2 thoughts on “Simple digital storytelling training game

  • October 14, 2020 at 10:42 am

    it’s amazing for new students to select out fewer cards so there aren’t as many variables. they could do this individually but the discussion within many teams would probably be more enriching. we’ve tried it with students, we might challenge them to think beyond the cards. it’s good thinking.

  • February 18, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Story telling is a great way to promote a product.

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