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April 24, 2014

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Expanding the universe of the book

Last week, I attended Laura Fleming’s session on Storytelling in the Digital Age at the West Essex WeTech Conference.  Laura’s talk updated her 2010 Edutopia post, A Primer on Interactive Books. For Laura, it is all about the story and how we experience it.  She contends: Many children expect a different reading experience now.  And [...]

Transformation Through Effective Collaboration | SLJ Summit 2013

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School librarian leaders from across the country made their way to the Austin, TX, aka the “Live Music Capital of the World,” on September 28–29 to attend SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit, where they discussed the future of libraries and how partnership is a necessary ingredient for stakeholder success. Throughout the weekend, participants—speakers, sponsors, panelists, and attendees—honed their conversations around the transformative power of collaboration.

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

“A narrative experience like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is compelling in part because of the great bones of Austen’s story and characters, for sure. But equally compelling is the story form, the opportunity for consumers to engage deeply with those characters…”

Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

“Fans will not only have the opportunity to interact with the story, but actually be a part of it.”

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Teaching Transmedia with Comics: A Conversation with Tyler Weaver

“By allowing students to create with a medium, you give them the chance to explore the potential of the medium and of themselves. The exploration of potential is beautiful…”

YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium Considers Fandom, Contemporary Fiction and Transmedia

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What are the next big trends for teenage readers? Fandom, contemporary fiction, Australian lit, and transmedia, according to experts leading panels on these subjects at the third biennial YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium in St. Louis, MO, held November 4-6.

“Convergence,” DIY Transmedia, and Librarians

I used to think that understanding transmedia required media literacy, and of course it does to some extent, but now I realize that I might have had the cart before the horse…

A Lesson about Text and Toys from a Franchise No One Likes

Why do we assign greater respect to media products based on games versus toys?

Talking Transmedia with Laura Fleming

Talking Transmedia with Laura Fleming

“As a school librarian, I feel I have a responsibility to teach my students how to read and write across media and to provide a learning environment that allows for the freedom to think about story in less conventional ways.”

Talking Transmedia with Nick DeMartino

Talking Transmedia with Nick DeMartino

Ready for some more transmedia-flavored food for thought? Well, as a follow-up to yesterday’s Q&A with media specialist Andy Plemmons and as an additional supplement to the transmedia piece in this month’s magazine, here’s a slightly extended conversation with Nick DeMartino, one of the true thought leaders in the field. I became familiar with his [...]

Talking Transmedia with Andy Plemmons

Talking Transmedia with Andy Plemmons

“As media specialists collaborate with teachers to create transmedia, it is important for teachers to have some mentor transmedia “texts” to offer students in writing workshops just as they offer picture books or chapter book selections.”

Every Platform Tells A Story

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I’m on my way to visit Susan Cooper on an unseasonably warm day in mid-February. As my car cruises along, about 45 minutes south of Boston, low tide reveals miles of untouched marshland. I drive across a short causeway, creep down an unpaved lane, and suddenly I’m staring at the exquisite home that Cooper built a couple of years ago.