How I Use It
I used this product in a resource pull, review/rating, which I had seventh grade students conduct. My students were given tasks to complete, numerous choices in the activities provided, and evaluated each one. They tried out Google Story Builder, given three options (which allowed for a wide spanning range) in topics. Students shared their honest opinion of the resource, which was 100% positive. Google Story builder allows for much more than just story building. One of my students chose to depict a conversation between Russia and the US. A few students chose to recount a special time they shared with a teacher. Some chose to retell their version of experiencing winning the basketball championships. One chose to talk about a project they completed in class that they are proud of.
I have seen my students using this site since trying and evaluating it, completely of their own free will, and on their own time. I've seen them select this resource to use as an added piece to enhance to other assignments. I especially like how versatile Google Story Builder is in that it allows for endless possibilities. It would be very easy for elementary students to use, and is still enjoyable and beneficial for middle and even high schoolers, too. Students can move down the page or Google Doc, if they want, or they can delete/backspace as they go to continue on; whichever is easier to meet their needs. It is a great resource for kids who struggle writing and expressing themselves, offering a unique outlet.