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A talk on the future of the book and our HOTBOOK project to English Advisors and Literacy Consultants at a conference organised by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, Feb 2010

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  • What is if:book
  • Where did it come from - my journey
  • Music had its ipod moment now…
  • It’s been a busy year so far for the future of the book, Infact everything’ s changing THE NOW of the Book Like Apple, if:book’s latest project is still in the BETA phase.. Will be available v shortly as a download The iPAd isn’t a technological breakthrough It’s a shift in our view of networked digital culture Something to curl up with and enjoy
  • Why O why…have I spent so much time promoting a particular Platform rather than the thing itself?? Why this complicated way to bring young people to great words??!
  • The HOTBOOK funded by Esmee Fairbairn, supported by Everythingweb.net Like the iPAD it’s not quite available yet Download to your server a thing ike a social network Sent from the future by the curator A framework kids will navigate intuitively - but its safe THE STORY…..
  • It contains:
  • So what’s inside? Classic texts presented in new ways Different kinds of writing from nursery rhymes to origin of the species Shot in second life Contemporsry writing animated and illuminated Writing of the Future - ‘Ah Brownskin.
  • Research by Booktrust at the pilot stage showed it was Very popular with lower ability children We had higher abilitiy pupils at the launch talking about how much they’d enjoyed it - less ‘fooled’ by the story WE think this is for ALL abilities - Daljit Nagra Sasha Hoare and Ellie and Jo A fantastic set of teacher’s notes with exciting and testing activites Around each ‘litch bit’… THIS ISNT A WAY TO CON PEOPLE INTO BOOKS, IT IS THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK
  • Meanwhile ‘digital natives’ take certain things for granted
  • So.. Fantastic new forms emerging … Schools need to be nurturing the creative readers of these forms
  • QCDA

    1. 1. chris meade, QCDA, 2010
    2. 2. <ul><li>www.futureofthebook.org.uk </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>A think and do tank exploring the future of the book as our culture moves from printed page to networked screen </li></ul><ul><li>… and the potential of new media </li></ul><ul><li>for creative readers and writers </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Liked English </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up on a diet of telly, books and music </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries as Imagination Service </li></ul><ul><li>Your local point of access to culture </li></ul><ul><li>Helping poetry thrive in Britain today </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry Places </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing Books and People together.. </li></ul><ul><li>Bookstart…Everybody Writes… </li></ul><ul><li>THEN… Creative Writing & New Media </li></ul>
    5. 5. booklovers are in denial <ul><li>they like to think they live in a book-lined world. </li></ul><ul><li>actually even the bookiest read mostly in bed, </li></ul><ul><li>on the toilet, on the bus </li></ul><ul><li>books have been kicked out of the front room </li></ul><ul><li>and sent up to bed </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we learn transliteracy skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are schools - really truly? </li></ul>
    6. 6. the iPad moment
    7. 7. <ul><li>Literature isn’t made of paper </li></ul><ul><li>Books are an experience that happen in our heads, </li></ul><ul><li>The object a souvenir of our visit </li></ul><ul><li>A platform that suits a certain kind of content </li></ul>
    8. 8. HOTBOOK moment
    9. 9. <ul><li>An anthology set in </li></ul><ul><li>an immersive fiction </li></ul><ul><li> 40 litch bits </li></ul><ul><li>Classic texts illuminated </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary writing animated </li></ul><ul><li>Future writing imagined </li></ul><ul><li>6 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>years 8/9 </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Words in </li></ul><ul><li>New formats </li></ul><ul><li>To be </li></ul><ul><li>Seen afresh </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty enjoyed </li></ul>
    11. 12. the research <ul><li>96% of ‘lower ability’ students found it more interesting than standard approaches </li></ul><ul><li>86% of all students recommended it to other schools </li></ul><ul><li>Strong impact on Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ The normal way we read can be boring. </li></ul><ul><li>However this was interactive </li></ul><ul><li>and made my learning enjoyable.” </li></ul>
    12. 13. this IS the book <ul><li>a symbol of freedom </li></ul><ul><li>a container of culture </li></ul><ul><li>a conversation </li></ul><ul><li>a bounded entity </li></ul><ul><li>a constantly changing </li></ul><ul><li>form - from papyrus to </li></ul><ul><li>codex to paperback </li></ul><ul><li>to Kindle to iPad </li></ul><ul><li>and beyond </li></ul>
    13. 14. digital expectations <ul><li>to read and write </li></ul><ul><li>to click through for more </li></ul><ul><li>to collaborate with others </li></ul><ul><li>to mix media </li></ul><ul><li>to reply </li></ul><ul><li>to replay </li></ul>
    14. 15. creative reading and writing <ul><li>fan fiction </li></ul><ul><li>24 hr book </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate reality </li></ul><ul><li>games </li></ul><ul><li>multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>multiplatform </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul><ul><li>nurturing the austens/harrypotters/peppers/hamlets/wires/ of transliterature </li></ul>
    15. 16. join the unlibrary <ul><li>The problem used to be access </li></ul><ul><li>& lack of stock of INFORMATION </li></ul><ul><li>Now we all have access to a world library </li></ul><ul><li>We need Imagination Services to explore it </li></ul><ul><li>A compass to navigate by - </li></ul><ul><li>DIGITAL IMAGINATION </li></ul>
    16. 17. book groups <ul><li>think they’re defending free </li></ul><ul><li>reading against the screen </li></ul><ul><li>but have turned books into </li></ul><ul><li>experiences that take a month </li></ul><ul><li>and end in a meal </li></ul><ul><li>www.fictional-stimulus.ning.com </li></ul><ul><li>a digital reading experience </li></ul>
    17. 18. Writer Without Residence
    18. 19. ideas <ul><li>Primary Key Stage 2 Year 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Working to help a lost muse </li></ul><ul><li>Write Imaginary History </li></ul><ul><li>Send final work to </li></ul><ul><li>another school </li></ul>
    19. 20. cpd <ul><li>‘ Getting it’ </li></ul><ul><li>Technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the tools </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the </li></ul><ul><li>confidence </li></ul>
    20. 21. imagination & digitisation <ul><li>“ Blake was always using new technologies, </li></ul><ul><li>often abusing technologies, not for the sake </li></ul><ul><li>of an interest in the technology per se, but </li></ul><ul><li>what he could use it for. He believed that, </li></ul><ul><li>rather like learning a language… if you </li></ul><ul><li>speak a different language maybe you ask </li></ul><ul><li>different questions. And the language of the </li></ul><ul><li>digital age is one that Blake would have </li></ul><ul><li>pursued.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Tim Heath, Blake Society </li></ul>