Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Interactive and/or multimedia books

Were you as intrigued by Inanimate Alice as I was? I can see this style of...what should I call it?  eBook?  book video hybrid?  adolescent picture book?  Literary Experience?... becoming more and more popular.   And, perhaps, engaging to a population of reluctant readers.  I'm happy to do some of the leg work on collecting other pieces in this genre - I'd love your input on incorporating them into reading instruction about online genres.  And also any other examples you run across!
Update:  Found a blog that does nothing but review interactive ebooks!  Best interactive ebooks

And here's another blog post with a list of online graphic novels!  digital tools for teachers

5 comments:

  1. It's interesting that Inanimate Alice did not start out as an educational tool but rather became one as teachers discovered its effectiveness in promoting multiple literacies. In addition to reading text, children are solving problems and puzzles, entering various cultures, and engaging with emotional/social issues. An article in Wikipedia mentions how children naturally use multiple literacies while playing, so it's not surprising that they take so readily to something like this. I, too, will be on the lookout for other offerings in this genre.

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  2. This seemed highly motivating and yes students would be distracted by some of the pictures and possibly the music but ultimately they would have to read the text to understand the story.

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  3. I am very intrigued by this idea, but also skeptical as to how our students would respond. A part of me thinks that this would be really good for our kids since it is similar to the way that they can sometimes think, but I worry that they will get so involved in the bells and whistles that they will miss the point of the story. I think the only way we can find out is if we try, so I would love to introduce something like this in reading group and find out how they respond. Please let me know if you are able to find any short stories that I could use - maybe even an episode from Alice that we could use to try this out on students.

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  5. I think Inanimate Alice is a great opportunity to "notice" literary and visual techniques. It's important for kids to notice what's distracting about digital media/modes. Watching that video could provide an opportunity to practice critical thinking skills.

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