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Blogging About Transmedia

Written by Laura Fleming
June 17, 2011

The purpose of my blog, http:/, is to draw connections between transmedia and education. The document below is a summary of my blogging. Each section is a link to a blog post highlighted with a relevant quote from each entry.

Tiers of Interactive Books– In my quest to find all interactive children’s literature or take ‘static’ literature and make it interactive, I have divided my findings into tiers which are outlined in this post. Tier one books include those where the technology is essential to helping the story to unfold, Tier two books are enhanced greatly by the technology associated with them, and Tier three are static and more traditional forms of text.

Transmedia Storytelling Captures Elements of Story – Transmedia storytelling takes what is a one-dimensional task for some learners and turns it into a 3-d experience allowing our students to become immersed in the story.

Transmedia Literature and Literacy Instruction– Transmedia literature needs to be a part of literacy instruction. In this digital age the implications are far-reaching. Integrating new literacies is essential in providing a 21st century education.

Bringing Stories to Life– Interacting with a story should be directly linked to advancing the story in some way and make the reader an active participant in doing so.

Why Transmedia in Education– The new media that surrounds educators and learners requires us to create a new education tool.

Using Transmedia to Ignite Change– transmedia can be a driving force in creating rich stories that move teachers, administrators, students, and parents turning them into one cohesive community of action. This community would inevitably be invested deeply in learning and therefore ignite necessary change.

Creating Narratives Around the Standards– Using the power of transmedia we can create narratives around these standards (as well as our other Core Common standards here in the US) and provide opportunities and the means for students to take an active part in their learning, rather than a passive one.

Opportunities for Transmedia in Education– Spanning narrative across and weaving together the Core Common Standards will create a transmedia universe within education allowing learning to be immersive, innovative, and transformational.

Educational Transmedia Grounded in Research: PBS Kids– The PBS Kids effort has shown that by leveraging the tremendous power of media across all platforms, odds will increase that more children will success in school and in life. Their efforts should serve as model for others to eye and implement transmedia opportunities and innovations in the near future.

Real-World Applications of Transmedia in the Classroom– Building narratives around these real-life problems to motivate students will challenge them to think deeply about meaningful content, and enable them to work collaboratively.

Pedagogical Considerations of the Transmedia Mythology– Pedagogical considerations that will lead to designing sound projects.

Building Community Around Story– Building community around story is what will engage our students outside the boundaries of the standards and fully engage them in their learning.

Connecting Meaning and Learning Through Storytelling– (Huffington Post) The concept of storytelling is presented as an important technique in the forwarding of education into the future.

Mobile Learning and Transmedia– An understanding of how curricular content can best be extended onto other platforms, particularly mobile devices are essential.

Transmedia Storytelling & New Media Literacies– A virtual round-table discussion hosted by Cisco’s GetIdeas Community which focused on the use of transmedia storytelling techniques
within education and featured members of the Inanimate Alice team.

US Department of Education and Transmedia– The US Department of Education highlights several reasons why a transmedia approach has potential educationally.