I ventured south earlier in July to join the United Kingdom Literacy Association's international conference entitled 'Making Connections: Building literate communities in and beyond the classroom', and gave AA its first real airing in literacy circles. Our work was greeted with enthusiasm and seems to contribute to the latest thinking about new ways in which children are reading, writing and learning. It was a great few days, with lots of opportunities to catch up on the latest research and practice and I met a host of fascinating people - not least lots of folk whose books I've been reading, including Kate Pahl, Debra Myhill, Eve Bearne, Jackie Marsh and Teresa Cremin. How exciting to meet them in person!! Great contacts made, too, both here and in other parts of the world, so ideas will continue to be exchanged.
Our seminar was entitled 'Adventure Author': Storymaking through computer game design and I've attached our slides in case you want to see what we said, but I'm afraid it's a pretty big file - lots of screenshots: Download Storymaking through computer game design updated notes. If you do succeed in downloading them, the notes view will help you to make sense of the thinking behind some of the slides.
We also produced a mini-poster by way of summarising some of our latest ideas, which you can download here: Download AA UKLA poster July 2009