With Planning, A Great Creative Writing Tool
While this may take some time to set up and get used to, putting in the time will be worth the reward. StoriumEdu is a unique creative writing opportunity that takes all the fun of free writing and pairs it with a more structured game that teaches students to be creative and collaborate. I love how this app fortifies the students knowledge and skills in understanding the different aspects of storytelling, and ensuring that they are working on effective communication and collaboration in their stories. As this app also allows for each student to create their own character and work on character development while also feeling like they have personal investment in the story creation. These characters give students the motivation to stay engaged and develop the story in a way that helps develop their characters as well. This also is a great project for classroom collaboration and could be a cool opportunity for different classes and groups of students to compare their final stories and share with each other at the end of the unit.
How I Use It
This tool can be a great part of a creative writing unit in an English Language Arts class for middle or high school students. Not only does it encourage classroom collaboration, but it also reinforces literary skills such as determining tone and intended audience. This app truly highlights the relationship between being a good writer and a good reader. This activity is a great tool to use a couple times a year or continuously throughout the year to continue developing writing skills with your students, and for students to have a really awesome project to look back on at the end of the year.