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Writers for the Future in the Classroom

Writers for the Future in the Classroom is our project starting in September 2003.

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 us.

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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 yourself.

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 website.

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