It is a well turned phrase that narrative is central to human experience. It is also central to learning and making that learning meaningful. Inanimate Alice provides a platform that enables educators to tap into these significant aims. Additionally, with the demands for various kinds of interactivity, Inanimate Alice can also attract students with different learning styles, enabling kinesthetic, visual, auditory and reader/writer learners to enjoy navigating and experiencing this narrative.
Written by Governor General's Prize winning author and digital media professor Kate Pullinger, this multimedia production is built upon a high-quality text that teachers can rely on for deeper investigation.
In this dramatic interactive ‘digital novel’ we see the world through Alice’s eyes as tells us her story growing up an aspiring game designer. Her relationship with Brad, the character she has created on her device, never falters; from the stickman we see in episode 1 we see him develop in keeping with Alice's improving skills. The title addresses teachers of a core audience in grades 4-8.
~Jillian Reiner, Kitchener, ON
Check out the trailer on the Inanimate Alice homepage!
Inanimate Alice moves beyond "edutainment" by providing rich narrative experiences. The focus here is on the plural of experiences as educators and students can create numerous possibilities. Educators such as Dr. Jessica Laccetti have employed Inanimate Alice in a variety of subjects and across a spectrum of learning levels including elementary, secondary school, undergraduate and graduate levels. With global citizenship as a current and key issue, educators might call on Alice and her varied travels to help reflect on the world around students. Knowing too that collaboration and effective communication are elements of effective life-long learning, educators can highlight team work to untangle and organize the increasingly sophisticated puzzles that develop. Reader/writer learners can have fun creating storyboards for a new episode of Inanimate Alice or perhaps rewrite an episode with a Shakespearean bent. Visual learners can be similarly creative, and draw a scene or episode of Inanimate Alice in a comic-strip fashion or a 3D pop up story (free tools exist for these ideas).
Edmonton resident, Dr. Jessica Laccetti has a PhD from De Montfort University (Creative Technologies). Her main fields of interest are technology, transliteracy, transdisciplinarity and pedagogy. Laccetti's current projects focus on social media in emergency management (#SMEM), digital strategy (for NPOs), creative technology in education, and social media curriculum design. She is a member of the Transliteracy Research Group, where she blogs about changing and emerging facets of communication.