Try the new Canal Park Poetry Walk!
Available in two versions:
- Canal Park Poetry Walk – Play Anwhere version
You can play wherever you are
- Canal Park Poetry Walk – Go There version
Play on Canal Park, using your iOS device’s GPS
- Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad
- Search for “aris“
- Download the Aris app
Its category is Education and its icon is a black-and-white triangle
- Open the Aris app
- Create Account. Enter a username and password. Email is optional.
The selfie you take will be visible only to you and only within the Aris app. It is not shared.
- When the menu of stories/games loads, click Nearby at bottom left.
- Click on Canal Park Poetry Walk – Play Anywhere or Go There version
If you’re not in the Duluth area, find it via the Search in the menu at bottom
The rest is explained on the screen!
Note that the Go There version requires cell data because there is no wifi outdoors on Canal Park.
More stories created in the free authoring tool Aris:
Fictional story sample:
You use Aris to create a story that’s linear or non-linear. You can tell a tale about characters or have the player role-play one of the characters.
Click any thumbnail to view the story excerpt as a slideshow.
In the fictional sample above, notice some variations for telling the story:
- Have the story be about characters, with the reader not involved.
- Use the reader as the “you” character (in the second person) who influences or witnesses the story
- Have a straightforward, linear story or offer the reader branching options
- Use instruction screens with text and images to tell the reader where to go next, if yours is a place-based story with different locations.
Non-fiction sample story:
The video below shows a walking tour sample that’s map-based – you can play it from anywhere. It shows an old version of Aris from 2010, but will give you an idea of what you can create with it.
Though this story starts with a Quest screen, your story doesn’t have to.
How will your readers see new content?
For any type of story, besides revealing content with a Continue button, you have three basic alternatives to show new content:
- Use the device’s GPS to open access to your story, then have them sit (on a park bench?) and read the whole story.
- Use the device’s GPS to start the story and also to reveal new screens when the reader moves into the different locations you set (like a walking tour).
- Have readers click on different icons on a map to see different story screens. These stories can be viewed from one place.
- Have readers scan QR codes to view new content. You can post them online, print them in a handout, or mmount QR codes in different locations you want the reader to see.