Elementari is a platform to read, write, share, and remix interactive stories. Anyone can use Elementari’s visual coding environment to create interactive stories that utilize animations, sounds, logic, multimedia, quizzes, and more.

What are interactive stories?

almost little red riding hood

A choose-your-own-adventure story of the classic children's tale. What ending will you get? 

Interactive stories are innovative reading experiences. Some can be like games with scores, non-linear stories with multiple endings, or stories with animations, sounds, and quizzes. All interactive books are designed to “interact” with the reader in some way. That is, the reader will influence (usually through clicking on objects) the way the book is read. You can take a look at Almost Little Red Riding Hood for what you can create on Elementari. 

So what can students learn when they create interactive stories?

Students will learn essential digital literacy skills. Reading and writing, of course, is still at the heart of digital literacy. However, digital literacy expands on this and includes the ability to find, evaluate, share, and create innovative content using digital technologies. Furthermore, students are encouraged to experiment with news ways of communicating, telling stories, and playing with content. Elementari is a creative sandbox where students move away from PowerPoint, and find better ways to engage their readers. 

play sound effect

This "code" says when Alice is clicked, then play the sound effect.

Students learn mathematical and computational ideas. As students create their stories in Elementari, they learn computational concepts such as conditionals, logic, and object properties. They also gain an understanding of important mathematical concepts like variables, coordinates, and random numbers. Students become more than just writers, but engineers who experience the design process.

Finally students learn to collaborate and become a part of a creative community. Every character, background, sound, and background music was created by someone. Therefore, when students create a story on Elementari, they are collaborating between multiple illustrators, composers, and even writers (in the case of remixes). Elementari emphasizes on properly crediting each contributor. So, when a story is published the contributors that story are automatically credited within the book and also notified that their work has been used. Through our stories, students have the opportunity to interact with different creatives (hobbyist to professional) around the world. 

Why learn with Elementari?

Elementari provides a motivating context for students to learn and write. Elementari gives students agency on their creative projects and motivates them to ask questions. As the projects are personal, students make active, intentional decisions while building confidence. Elementari’s growing library of sounds, images, and backgrounds makes it easy and fun to begin writing and experimenting. Plus, all artists are automatically credited in the book! 

Elementari supports project-based learning and utilizes many of the 21st century learning skills: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, designing iteratively, and learning continuously.

References

Elementari: www.elementari.io

Partnership for 21st Century Learning: www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework

USC Rossier Online: Digital Literacy: rossieronline.usc.edu/blog/teacher-digital-literacy