Okay. I’ll be honest. I just found out about inklewriter but haven’t learned much about it yet. This week will be another busy conference week and I probably won’t have much time to play around with it.

So. You have homework. Go to inklewriter. Explore a bit. And report back here what you find out.

Some background. inklewriter is an online tool that lets you and your kids create interactive stories. You remember these, right? A story starts and after a few paragraphs, you are provided with two choices. You select a choice and the story branches off in that direction. A few paragraphs later, the story offers two new choices. The story continues to branch based on your choices.

inklewriter lets you create these types of stories.

It’s a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.

It lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those stories back together again. It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written. There’s no set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams. Just start writing and see where it takes you. Oh, and it’s free to use. And once written, you can share your stories with whomever you like.


It looks like a great way to encourage high levels of thinking and creation by students. But like I said, I don’t have time to mess with it this week.

So it’s on you. Do some exploring and let the rest of us know what you find out. And to encourage you a bit, I’ll give away a $15 iTunes card to the best review. Just post what you find outbelow in the comments – and don’t forget to let us know how you might use it as part of classroom instruction.

Have fun!