Teachers Supporting Transmedia Play with Classes of Young Children: Exploring New Literacies through Alternate Reality Game Design

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In this presentation I will share the findings of my PhD study (Colvert, 2015) in which a class of 10- and 11-year-old designers created an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) for their peers as part of their school curriculum. I will also discuss a current project in which I am supporting trainee teachers to work collaboratively to design and play ARGs with young children as part of the final year of their degree studies. Over the last three years I have worked with three groups of trainee teachers creating ARGs with and for classes of 8- and 9-year-olds and this semester we aim to work with 5- and 6-year-olds. In drawing on both projects, I outline a pedagogical proposal for the teaching of new literacies in formal primary education, and propose a new conceptualisation of transmedia play and associated literacies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First DigiLitEY Training School: Engaging with Emergent Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Sept 2016

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