This is a guest post by my son Diarmid. I was at the Literacy and Numeracy event today at St Modan’s High School and was chatting with the ever – inspiring Mr Literacy Adviser
, Bill Boyd, who gave a really interesting, challenging and entertaining keynote on changing literacies in a digital world. Chatting to him later he was telling me more about Inanimate Alice
; this would be good for Diarmid,I thought. So I came home and we had a look. Diarmid (age 9) spent most of the afternoon reading, listening to, playing with and engaging in this new concept that needs a new word to describe it. It’s a story that was born digital, as Bill says. It’s a multi sensory world to enter into.
Diarmid “read” the first few chapters, then we set up a Glow Blog (on my account as he doesn’t have one yet) for him to record his thoughts on reading, as that’s one of the tasks he needs to do. As the Glow blog is obviously closed within Glow and his class aren’t on Glow yet, I thought it might be interesting for him to publish his work here and see what comments he gets, so here he is a a guest author on my blog.
this is inanimate Alice
This is a Digital Book. It does not exist on paper. Reading it makes you feel just like Alice, because you can go on her player and use her things.
The main character is Alice. She loves playing games, and is very skilled she navigated to find her dad in chapter one who was lost. Alice is adventurous and is the type of person who knows what to do. Alice and her mum (Ning) are trying to search for her dad in their Jeep which has giant wheels, a big satellite transmitter, and goes very fast.
The bumpy road comes as soon as Alice turns on her player which helps them navigate, the player takes photos of wildflowers when Ning says its too fast and it sends them to John, Ning and Alice get frightend when the sky starts to hum. then Brad (the helper) guides them both to John who is spotted running down a hill waving his torch with no signal and a broken down jeep THE END
PS I thought this was fun because you can listen to music and play games, and find a doll in every section while you are reading this story. You can use your dolls to collect enough to play a game with them.