MY COUNTRY is an anthology of digital literature created by various authors, using various mediums, expressing their thoughts and feelings about place(s) in Australia that are special to them. It has brought together a variety of genres to showcase how diverse digital literature is (Emerson, 2011, in Rettberg, 2012). It contains original content created by myself, my family and a few of my Year 4 students, and web-based content. Initially it will be used as a stimulus for Stage 3 students in the “Land, People and Spirit” Religious Education module (Mission Services, 2010). Continue reading
Digital literature is one of a number of terms (eg. interactive storybooks, hypertexts, transmedia storytelling in Lamb, 2011; electronic literature in Rettberg, 2012; enhanced ebooks in Meyers, Zaminpaima & Frederico, 2014) used to refer to literature presented in a digital environment. The concept is best understood as a continuum, from scanned print books (eg. Google Books Library Project) at one end, through to literature solely created in a digital environment with interactive features that extend beyond the story itself (Yokota & Teale, 2014). The “story” can be fictitious or factual.
The rapid evolution of technology, and the many affordances it provides is not only changing the way we read or “…tell stories; (it is) changing the very nature of story, of what we understand to be narratives”
(Hunt, in Unsworth, 2008, p.63).
The model below represents a process that will be used to evaluate digital literature, by acknowledging that it is important to consider digital literature as a completely different form to traditional print literature (Hancox, 2013). The model has been created using ideas from Yokota & Teale (2014), the Australian Library Service for Children Blog (Parrott, 2011), and Meyers, Zaminpaima & Frederico’s Expanded Ecology of the Book App (2014).