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Orly Draw a Story

Magazine article Teach

Orly Draw a Story

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http://www.learningvillage.com/html/rorly.html

Orly Draw a Story is a unique combination of a storytelling and story-creating program with a visual arts element, that is all about creating stories with pictures.

You are introduced to a young girl, named Orly in her homeland of Jamaica. Orly is a playful character who loves to tell stories. As she tells her stories (four stories in all), users are invited to create pictures that go with various parts of the story. The pictures can be created from scratch using the on-screen art centre or using templates that allow the user to construct a visual scene.

The people and objects drawn actually come to life (talk and move in the case of people) and are immediately incorporated into the story. The animated eyes and mouth of the character the user makes a drawing around are actually responding to the drawing movements. This is a unique aspect of the program's design, and has to be seen on the screen to be fully appreciated.

Anything the user draws becomes immediately incorporated in the story. So as the story progresses a host of characters are being added to the story. If the user likes the results by the end of the story, it can be saved, changed later if desired, and replayed anytime at the "Junkyard D rive-I ? …

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