Using the iOS app from Edmodo

Posted By Daniel

Fold That Story is available from the Edmodo app store, but we also offer an iOS application that can work seamlessly with the Edmodo version of Fold That Story.

The iOS application makes use of join codes to identify students. To find out what your join code is in the Edmodo version of Fold That Story look next to the group name:

 

 

This join code (highlighted above) is your personal code and should be entered into the iOS app:

 

 

If you’re a teacher, you can hover each student’s avatar picture and view the join code for each student.

Now students can participate either on their iPads or iPhones or via the Edmodo application.


Introducing our Mobile App

Posted By Daniel

We are pleased to announce that our mobile Fold That Story app is now available for free in the App Store.

This app brings all of the great features of Fold That Story to your mobile device.

Using the app is easy:

1. Students can directly enter a Display Name and a Join Code to join a game. Students don’t need to enter any personal information.

Teachers must provide a join code for a group. Once a student has joined the group, they will be assigned a re-join code that students must use to reconnect with there account at a later date. Teachers can view these codes on the student screen.

Teachers
Teachers require a Fold That Story account, use the Teacher Login button to open the login screen.
 Teachers

Teachers can either use a Google account to login or they can use their Fold That Story account, which is a combination of email address and password.

 

 

Once a teacher has logged in they will be able to view all of the stories that are in progress or completed:

 

Both teachers and student will have this same view. Tapping on Finished will display all of the finished stories where all story sections can be read.
Active stories are those that students can currently participate in.
The activity feed is a great tool for teachers and students to understand how many stories and sections are being updated and by whom.

Students will only be able to view the create story button if the teacher has allowed students to create new stories for this group.

Tapping on the active story will display the last section and the author name. The story can be continued by entering text into the box and tapping Fold & Pass.

Teachers can always continue a story, but students can only continue a story if someone else updated the last section. A student can’t add more than one section at a time.

The number of characters is limited to 200 by default, but teachers can change this number.

Teachers will have the button in the top right hand corner, this gives advanced editing options for the story.
Teachers will have advanced editing options for each story. They can always view each of the story sections and update them as needed.

Teachers can download PDF versions of the story at anytime.

Teachers can delete the story.

Each story has a setting screen that can be view and changed by teachers. It is activated by tapping the cog button in the top right hand corner on the story list screen.

Teachers can change the maximum number of folds per story, this is helpful if you have larger classes or want to write multiple sections per student.

The maximum number of characters for each story section.

Teachers can allow students to create new stories that will be made available to the rest of the group.

Tapping on the student options screen will display a list of students that have participated in the group.
Teachers can change the display name of a student and also mark them as read only.

Teachers can view the rejoin code for a student here as well.
Fold That Story does its best to remove any nasty profanity.

 

 

We’d love to hear your feedback on our app, please feel free to drop us a line.


Folding Story Idea - Who, What, How, Where, When, Why

Posted By Daniel

Here’s an idea for a folding story. First up, make sure you create your class game at Fold That Story. Give it a nice creative title and set the maximum number of folds to 6.

Students should be assigned one of the following topics and they should only read the story when it is their turn. (They can look at the last authored name and see who is ahead of them, once that person has authored they are safe to open the story).

Who – The first student should pick a person’s name, this should be someone that everyone in the classroom should know. It could be someone famous or a student. This person should write a description about the person without giving away direct clues as to who the person is. After this entry the student should fold the story.

What – The next student should be able to read the ‘Who’ line and write a sentence describing what this person does.

How – The following student should attempt to write a sentence that describes how this person does the ‘What’ from the previous sentence.

Where – Next up is the where, this should describe the place where the person does the ‘How’

Why – Lastly why does this person do the things they do?

 

Once the story is completed, read through the results with the students and see if the sentences are all consistent. No doubt there will be some interesting responses!


Welcome to Fold That Story

Posted By Daniel

Welcome to Fold That Story, a creative writing game for students where students can collaboratively write a story without fully understanding the broader context.

If you aren't familiar with a Folding Story, the concept is pretty simple. Imagine you have a piece of paper where you write a paragraph of a story, then you hand it to another person to continue the story. The catch is that you can only read the last paragraph, so you have no idea how the story evolved or where it might be heading.

We've made this whole process work online, students can enter their class group and contribute to stories, all in real time. The teacher can setup how many 'folds' each story has and how long each paragraph can be.

Once a story is completed it can be read by all of the students and even downloaded and printed out.

We've taken some of the best bits of our sister product Backchannel Chat such as:

Focus on giving teachers full control over the tool with tools such as:

    Not collecting any personal information from students.
    Being able to control the display name of students.
    Including a profanity filter for all story content.

We think you'll love what we've done with Fold That Story, we have certainly seen some great stories come to life with our early adopter groups.

So why not give Fold That Story a try, it will help engage students in a creative writing task and help build some class collaboration and lets not forget that its fun.