Teacher Review For Twine

A fun way to teach interactive story creation- not a lot of bells and whistles, but gets it done.

Julie Y.
Classroom teacher
South Portland High School
South Portland, ME
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used this in a programming class when discussing the options available to students for interactive stories. I had a group of students using Twine, another group using Flash, etc. The group of students who used Twine enjoyed it, but lamented that it did not have a lot of the options other students were able to use. To be honest: it looks simple but there's a lot under the hood that takes some solid understanding to get to. Once students understood what they could and could not do, they finished their projects quickly. It was not a hard program to introduce.
My Take
This is a great tool for certain students: some really liked it, some hated it. To be honest: most coding type applications fall under that category. I don't think one programming tool is going to be everyone's cup of tea. It works. It does a good job simplifying a choose your own adventure style story. It allows students to create a world that others can interact with. It can probably do a lot more than I had my students work with; so I would recommend this to anyone interested in interactive story telling to at least check out.