What is an interactive story app? 

An interactive story app allows kids to explore the relationships between words, pictures and ideas through different interactive features — leading to more engagement and learning than from a typical book. You can see some common features below.

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Self-Narration

Text automatically animates each word as it is read aloud.

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Tap To Read

Tap each word to highlight and read it aloud.

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Iconimation

Tap words to reveal simple illustrations.

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Linked Text & Graphics

Tap graphics to highlight and play associated text, or tap text to play associated animations. 

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Decision Nodes

Embed decisions within the story, and allow learners to choose by tapping images.

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Story Branching

Create cause-and-effect story branches, so the story changes based on learner decisions.

What is Curious Reader? 

Curious reader is a framework we have created that abstracts these recurring features, so developers only need to configure the JSON story files that specifies the relationship between text, audio, graphics and interactive features — instead of building the entire app, you only need to create story files that can be read by our Curious Reader “player.”

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1. Create A Story File 

This file includes the core assets that make up the interactive story: text, audio, and graphics. 

2. Create A Story Specification

This is a JSON file that specifies the relationships between the assets and features that make up the story: what text, audio, and graphics go on each page; where these objects go on the page; what audio timestamp is associated with which words; and what interactive features are included and how they are triggered. 

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3. The Player Does The Rest

Add your book to the Player's virtual bookshelf, and you can export a collection of stories as an APK. Readers can select your story, and the Player handles all the defined interactions. 

 

How does the pilot work? 

 
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Curious Learning is looking for developers to pilot our Curious Reader dev tools by creating their own interactive story apps.

  • Developers must be able to build apps in Unity/C#, and use JSON to configure story files
  • Developers must produce story assets (text, graphics, and audio)
  • We will share to Curious Reader tools, documentation, and community Q&A forum 
  • Developers will use these resources to build and publish apps, focusing on mother tongue
  • Developers must agree to report download numbers to Curious Learning

Developers will own and publish their apps, and Curious Learning will eventually publish the Curious Reader code as open source.