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Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

Theatrics audience

“A narrative experience like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is compelling in part because of the great bones of Austen’s story and characters, for sure. But equally compelling is the story form, the opportunity for consumers to engage deeply with those characters…”

Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

welcome to sanditon

“Fans will not only have the opportunity to interact with the story, but actually be a part of it.”

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Saving Mr. N

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

Marvel Universe 1960s

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Teaching Transmedia with Comics: A Conversation with Tyler Weaver

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“By allowing students to create with a medium, you give them the chance to explore the potential of the medium and of themselves. The exploration of potential is beautiful…”

“Convergence,” DIY Transmedia, and Librarians

(photo courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center)

I used to think that understanding transmedia required media literacy, and of course it does to some extent, but now I realize that I might have had the cart before the horse…

A Lesson about Text and Toys from a Franchise No One Likes

Optimus Prime Toy

Why do we assign greater respect to media products based on games versus toys?