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Story Dice

by Thinkamingo Inc
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.1
  • 40 new pictograms for a total of 140 different die faces

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00846H2DU
  • Release Date: May 17, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,990 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Choose number of dice to roll, 1-10
  • Realistic dice sounds and still images
  • 140 pictograms in dictionary
  • No reading necessary
  • Game instructions and activity ideas included in app

Product Description

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:
-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!

Technical Details

  • Size: 8MB
  • Version: 1.1
  • Developed By: Thinkamingo Inc
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for drama and story circles August 22, 2012
By Mindoug
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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and this one is great! You can select any number up to 10 dice with simple icons on them as prompts. In a class or group setting story dice provides inspiration for a pass around story, improvisation or creative writing assignment. I wish I had this when I taught school. Now I plan to use it for charades and similar games with my kids at home. It will make a nice family activity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for stimulating minds young and old! November 20, 2012
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This is great to have a different bedtime story every night, or to begin a creative writing project. With 100 different pictures and up to 10 dice at a time can be rolled, there is a huge amount of possibilities. The only thing that gives it a 4 instead of a 5 star is that you can not change the picture collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagination Builder March 28, 2013
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Love the story dice concept and look forward to making up stories with my boys. Needs to have a feature where the roll is locked in and dice can be dragged or moved into sequence so kids can line up their stories in order and know what cubes are left to use. Currently every time you touch the screen the dice roll and you lose what you had. Add this option and it is a 5 star app!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story Leaders! January 3, 2014
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This is such a great, fun writing tool and I really enjoy using it with my daughter, who also loves to write. The dice are always different and they offer up some really cool ideas for a story, whether you're writing or telling it. Add this to your writing tool collection and watch the new story lines that show up in your projects--it's a good investment of time and money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun October 25, 2014
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My daughter and I are having great fun with these. Not only for telling stories but also for getting ideas for drawing.
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