July 24, 2015

Thinking about literature in digital environments

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I, like Gideon Burton am “…wrestling with the powerful disruptions to reading and writing now in play.” I am hoping that INF533 Literature in Digital Environments will help me to become better informed about opportunities to use digital literature in my workspace to create innovative and engaging experiences with texts and other media, and also to help me to think about different ways of incorporating print literature in our digital world.

I usually associate the word literature with fiction, often relating the term to well written fiction only. Already I am questioning my understanding of literature – am I thinking too narrowly? Can all texts fall under the literature umbrella? Is all information literature? And can we classify digital mediums other than text (such as audio, graphics and video) as digital literature?

My current understanding of other terms associated with literature – reading, book, literacy – are also being tested by what I have read so far, challenging me to rethink my ideas around these concepts.

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October 10, 2014

The Never-ending Challenge

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The St Pat’s Reading Challenge (SPRC) began in 2013.  Although the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) had been running at St Patrick’s for a number of years, and while its aims were noble: “…to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature…” by reading more and more widely, few children seemed interested in participating in it.  Circulation statistics for the school library were not satisfactory, so I wondered if a reading challenge could be personalised and made more immediate and appealing to the students, and whether this would encourage students to read more, and more widely, by making better use of the school library collection.

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