Dragon Quest! A Google Slides Interactive Story

posted May 6, 2014, 5:19 PM by Eric Curts   [ updated May 17, 2014, 9:29 AM ]
Growing up in the 80’s meant reading loads of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. They were fun, and a little scary, and you died pretty much every time, but they got lots of kids into books. Recently I decided to bring this idea off the page and into the 21st century by using Google Slides to create an online, interactive story.

Often we think of Google Slides in terms of linear presentations, with one slide after another in order. However, Google Slides allows you to add hyperlinks to your presentation which can link to other slides within the presentation when clicked. This allows you to create a nonlinear slideshow, where the user can branch off to multiple different slides from any one slide.

Linking to other slides can be used to create quizzes where each answer choice leads to a different slide to let you know if you got the correct answer. It can also be used to build an interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” story where each slide offers choices that lead to different parts of the story.

And so was born “Dragon Quest”!

Well to be fair, the story was actually written many years ago by my students. Back when I was a middle school teacher one of our projects was to have students work in teams to create their own “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. The students wrote all the text and drew all the pictures. “Dragon Quest” was one of those stories, which I have transformed into an interactive Google Slides presentation.

This can be a great project for your students. Google Slides makes it easy for them to add text, insert images, link the “pages” together, and share their story online for everyone to access.

For helpful directions on how to make an interactive slideshow, you may use my help guide “Creating Interactive Google Presentations” and see other related resources here on the Apps User Group site at: http://www.appsusergroup.org/presentations/interactive-pres

If you are brave though, and ready to face the dragon, it’s time for your adventure to begin. To access “Dragon Quest” click the link below:
Good luck! You’re going to need it.

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