Unfold Studio

Project Dates: 2016-2020

Literacy Based Computer Science

Unfold Studio is an online community for interactive storytelling powered by a programming language called Ink. Interactive storytelling can be a way to integrate Computer Science into English, Social Studies, or other subjects. It can also be an excellent way to introduce Computer Science as a subject relevant to questions of identity, culture, and social justice. Free and open-source, Unfold Studio was developed as part of Chris Proctor’s PhD research on youth computational literacy practices.



This five-week curriculum unit provides an example of how Unfold Studio can be integrated into a secondary English, Social Studies, or Computer Science course. You may want to use it whole, or mix and match lessons and resources to make it fit your discipline and teaching context. This unit is released free for noncommercial use and was written by Chris Proctor.

Proctor, C. & Blikstein, P. (2019). Unfold Studio: Supporting critical literacies of text & code. Information and Learning Science, 120 (5/6), pp. 285-307. [PDF]

Proctor, C. (2018). Unfold Studio Documentation and Teaching Guide. Retrieved from http://docs.unfold.studio

Proctor, C., & Blikstein, P. (2017). Interactive fiction: Weaving together literacies of text and code. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’17) (pp. 555-560). New York, NY, USA: ACM [PDF] 



For more information, please contact Paulo Blikstein (research@tltlab.org).