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Rethinking literacy through transmedia storytelling

  1. 1. Rethinking Literacy Through Transmedia Storytelling Katy LumkinInspire Innovate 2013 Cathie Howe
  2. 2. Who are we?Katy LumkinHead Teacher eLearning National PartnershipsLiverpool Girls High HoweProfessional Learning & Leadership CoordinatorManager Macquarie ICT Innovations
  3. 3. Edmodo www.edmodo.comEdmodo Code: 8vtua7Please log in and join this Edmodo Group usingthe code.
  4. 4. Meaningful Learning …increases engagement J. Hedberg
  5. 5. What is Transmedia Storytelling?Transmedia enhances a central story idea with avariety of components that provide additionalinformation. H. Pence (2012) At basic level, transmedia stories are told across multiple media platforms. H. Jenkins (2006)
  6. 6. Unique Elements of Transmedia1. Internet has both enabled and expanded the possibility for audience participation2. Audience expect to play a meaningful role3. Transmedia stories provide opportunities for audience to contribute and participate4. Story unfolds across multiple media platforms with each media making its own contribution to the unfolding of the story
  7. 7. Why Transmedia Storytelling?• Many are now actively involved in a participatory culture where there are relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship (H. Jenkins 2006)• Audiences no longer passive consumers (E.Spaulding 2012) • Smart environments and participatory audiences have blurred the relationship between creators and audiences (Jenkins 2006) • Audiences now co-producers and involved interpreters of the storyworld (Shirley 2011)
  8. 8. Melbourne Declarationon Educational Goals for Young Australians “All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. Successful learners have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas.”
  9. 9. Transmedia & the BOS Syllabusfor the New Australian Curriculum: English Respond to and compose texts  compose imaginative and informative texts that show evidence of developed ideas  present a point of view about particular literary texts using appropriate metalanguage, and reflecting on the viewpoints of others (ACELT1609)  create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors (ACELT1798)  experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)  compose increasingly complex print, visual, multimodal and digital texts, experimenting with language, design, layout and graphics  use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1707, ACELY1717)
  10. 10. ICT CapabilityCreating with ICT Generating ideas, plans and processes Generating solutions to challenges and learning area tasks Communicating with ICT Collaborating, sharing and exchanging Managing and Operating ICT Uses ICT efficiently and ergonomically Selecting hardware and software
  11. 11. Critical & Creative Thinking Capability• Identifying, exploring and clarifying information• Generating innovative ideas and possibilities• Reflecting on thinking, actions and processes• Analysing, synthesising and evaluating information
  12. 12. Transmedia Storytelling @ LGHSProof of Concept (4 weeks duration)24 x 40 minutes lessonsInspired by Shaun Tans picture book:The Red TreeYear 7 (29 students)Multicultural comprehensive girls high schoollocated in the south western suburbs of Sydneywith over 87% CALD Reference:
  13. 13. Project Outline
  14. 14. Work Sample: Backstory Reference The Red Tree by Shaun Tan: The Red Tree Backstory LGHS 2013
  15. 15. Work Sample: xtranormal Year 7 English Liverpool GHS: Joanne, Aallyah and Chelsea
  16. 16. Work Sample: Postcards Year 7 English Liverpool GHS: Lia
  17. 17. Work Sample: Postcards Year 7 English Liverpool GHS: Lia
  18. 18. Edmodo: Collaboration & Critical Reflection
  19. 19. Teacher Reflections (Video) Head Teacher English Liverpool GHS: Judith Harris
  20. 20. Simple Guidelines for Transmedia Projects• Consider which media platforms would be best for meeting the learners needs and style• Extend the learning beyond school and into the community• Engage learners - the more invested in the storyworld they are, the closer they will feel to the content• Allow for learning in real life settings Laura Fleming
  21. 21. Example Transmedia Components1. Prequels and sequels2. Story slice points (e.g. backstory, development of a minor character, etc.) told in other ways e.g. i. online diary ii. graphic novels iii. series of emails iv. alternate reality game v. cut-scene video vi. animation vii. blog posts3. Serial narrative broken up and distributed across multiple platforms4. Retelling a story in a different historical period or national context
  22. 22. Transmedia Storytelling @ MacICTResearch ProjectTransmedia Storytelling:Weaving a Storyworld Web 1. Proof of concept project: Liverpool Girls HS 2. First iteration: three Year 3 classes 3. Test framework we created for implementing transmedia storytelling 4. Second iteration: Year 10 - incorporate social media 5. Teacher Professional Learning Workshops and Student Boot Camp Excursions
  23. 23. 21st Century Literature = Engagement “Developing a narrative over multiple platforms while interweaving learning outcomes creates transformational learning experiences. Participants engage, inform, inspire, connect and collaborate over content. It is this interconnectedness that fosters a dialogue which connects learners around the world. This global interconnectivity allows for the collaborative sharing and proliferation of knowledge. Transmedia storytelling exemplifies learning in the 21st century.” Laura Fleming
  24. 24. Example Transmedia Stories 39 Clues Inanimate Alice The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Blog Post Spaceheadz series The Search for WondLa The Amanda Project The Magnificent 12 Pottermore World without Oil
  25. 25. Examples of Tools • Audacity • xtranormal • Audioboo (audio blog) • ePub • SMART Notebook • Adobe Indesign • PowerPoint • Voicethread • Adobe Captivate • blogED • Edmodo • Adobe Acrobat Pro • Adobe Photoshop
  26. 26. Resources for Transmedia Storytelling (Ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books) (The Dot and the Line) (Applying real data) (Data Visualisation) Introduction to Digital Storytelling: Alec Couros Inanimate AliceHere are some links to Creative Commons content that students may like to use: · Collection of CC Sites | · Images, Sounds and Video | ; · Music | · Music Creation | · Music | · Sound Effects | · Background images and effects | http://creativity103.comPlease note: it’s always good to double check the content’s license and usage rights before downloading.Here are some online media platforms that could be used: · Social Media | Edmodo · Web 2 Tools | Blogs, Animoto, Wikispaces, PiicMonkey, Wordle, · Online storytelling links | · Google search stories | · Animated movie creators | · Storybook & comic creators | · Presentation creator | · Interactive timeline creator | · Talking photo creator | · Interactive poster |
  27. 27. Contact DetailsEmail @movatweet @cathie_h @macict