We will have a digital teacher-in-residence who will
be working to create opportunities and resources for teachers to
make new media writing part of their work in the classroom. If you
would like to be involved please contact
Have you come across one of those books that invite
you to "choose your own adventure"? The original ones
were by Steve Jackson, but there are other versions now, including
R L Stine's Goosebumps series - "Give Yourself Goosebumps".
In these types of books you make a decision at the bottom of
each page, and depending on how you choose ("Do you fight
the goblin or run away?"), you turn to a different page.
So there's an exciting feeling that you're controlling the story
Hypertext can do that, too. It can give you - the reader - choices,
and all you have to do is click to go there.
Hypertext doesn't necessarily work like this. It's more intuitive,
allowing the reader to follow their inclination, to the read the
story or text in a way that seems logical to them.
Children who haven't yet fallen into linear ways of writing are
quick to see the potential for branching stories and other ways
of linking their own and others' writing together.
For an example of a choose-your-own-adventure type hypertext
(just ONE example of what you can do in new media that isn't possible
in print), see Daisy and
the Intergalactic Travelling Salesmen on the Kids on the Net
on the Net and the authors Last
Kids on the Net