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Collaborative Storytelling
In this activity, players can tell a story through drawing pictures. They take turns passing the computer back and forth to add onto a story told through images they create. The player draws using the computer's pen and can zoom in and out, as well as rotate the screen, and shift it up or down.
Grades: All
Funcioning level: All
Skills: Creativity, storytelling, fine motor skills, turn-taking, sharing and collaborating, compromising one’s interests with the interests of others
Materials: Multitouch tablet, drawing software
Duration: As long as desired (until those playing lose interest)


  1. Click icon. Double click the Drawing icon.
  2. Remove the computer pen. This is the computer pen inserted inside the tablet (left hand top corner of the Dell XT2)
  3. Draw something. To zoom out, move two fingers together in a pinching motion. To zoom in, move two fingers away from each other in an outward motion. To move the things on the screen around, drag a finger in the direction you want to go. To rotate the screen, put two fingers on the screen and twist them in a circular motion.
  4. Take turns. Pass the tablet back and forth to add onto the story. At each point, recap the turns what has happened in the story.
  5. End the story at a point that feels appropriate.
  6. Review what's happened. Recap the whole story for the child.
  7. Exit the program by pressing the Esc key.

-The hardness at which the computer pen is pressed down does not control the width of the line. If you or your child is having difficulty drawing, moving the pen more slowly can be helpful.
-Be careful not to press the buttons on the computer pen.
-Be careful with the pen; it can be screwed apart and has a sharp piece on the inside.

Activity Variations
A different way to play this game is letting the child draw all by herself and then sharing her work at the end. This does not practice skills such as turn-taking, but it does encourage sharing, a deeply social endeavor.

Another variation of this activity is to ask a child to draw how they are feeling. This allows them to express their own emotions in a tangible, visual way.

A middle-school girl diagnosed with ASD uses the Drawing applicaiton for the first time. Notice how what seems to be random set of scribbles turns into a person. Also, note how the drawing may express how she feels, given what she draws toward the end of the video.

Questions? Contact Prof. Juan Pablo Hourcade at