Story Dice - ideas for writers

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Description of App

Story Dice is a creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.

This app can be used with a wide variety of age groups ranging from preschoolers to teenagers.
The user interface is simple enough for ages 3+ to use without any additional instruction. The use of the app does not require reading, so it is an ideal tool for using in a preschool story circle (see lesson plans) as well as a general writing prompt for all ages without reading or native language barriers.

Features:

  • Universal App!
  • High-resolution graphics supporting Retina Display
  • Choose number of dice to roll, 1-10.
  • Realistic dice sounds and still images.
  • 140 pictograms in dictionary.
  • No reading necessary.
  • Optional game instructions included in app.

Game Ideas:

  1. Charades - Use the single die roll to determine a charade item.
  2. Stories With Friends - Form a circle. Roll the Story Dice (any number, 1-10). Create a sentence including all of the items from the dice. Pass to the next person and repeat, adding onto the story each time.
  3. Song Challenge - Roll a single story die. Come up with a song that includes that item in the lyrics.
  4. Poems With Friends - Same Stories With Friends, using only 1-2 dice, and create rhyming lines.
  5. Drama Club - Roll dice (any number). Form a character using these items, then create an improv skit with friends as your characters!

Education Applications:

Story Dice is primarily useful in higher order activities under Bloom’s Taxonomy, particularly Synthesis, where you create, invent, compose, predict, plan, construct, design, imagine, propose, devise, and/or formulate. You can devise less and more challenging activities, as in the following example.

Sample Journal Activity “My Perfect Day” using Bloom’s Taxonomy

Student/Short Version: Student will create a character using Story Dice, then describe/write/dramatize their own “perfect day” from their character’s perspective.

Teacher Version: Student will create a unique character using the Story Dice for seed ideas. After writing a short character sketch, student will compose a Journal Entry called “My Perfect Day” writing from their new character’s perspective. The evaluation step is the highest order activity and is a self-grading option.. Finally, a fun bonus option in a classroom or small workgroup setting is to have students perform their journal entries as monologues, in character, possibly interacting with each other, adding a drama element.

  1. Knowledge: Roll five or more Story Dice. Identify and describe the pictures on dice.
  2. Comprehension: Paraphrase the task (Journal Activity “My Perfect Day”) in which you will use the dice.
  3. Application: Prepare a chart with five categories: name, age, job, pets, hobbies. Place each dice image within a category. Imagine that you are this character and write a short paragraph describing yourself in detail.
  4. Analysis: Examine each feature of your character and determine what makes them special.
  5. Synthesis: Compose a journal entry called “My Perfect Day” from the character’s perspective.
  6. Evaluation: Decide what worked and what didn’t in your journal entry. Were you successful at combining the dice pictures in a believable way?

BONUS Activities: Perform journal entry as a monologue and interact with other students. Stay in character!

Version

1.4

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

You have to hunt around a bit to find the dice once they are rolled, but they're there. this is a significant improvement from version 1.3: the developers seem genuinely interested.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments

We played this as a group after Thanksgiving dinner, and we laughed ourselves silly. The developer was in touch with me almost immediately when I contacted them about the previous version. I was impressed with the response, and this app is 100% better than the previous version.

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Comments

Submitted by Sheri w-j on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wowza... The developer emailed me back within the hour... she indicated that it used to be accessible and apparently they broke it in this version. They are working on the next version already... we'll see.

Submitted by Sheri w-j on Thursday, November 29, 2012

The new release is sginificantly better than before in terms of accessibility: VO will read the dice now. It's a little tricky to find them on the screen, but they're there.

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