Joey Spiotto, a former video game concept artist who worked on series like Dead Space, now works on things a little less brutal. Like these terrific images crossing some of the best video games of the last decade with that ...
So, what will it take to get kids to read these days? Oxford University Press has a hankering that the answer lies in games.
The publishing company, which is the largest university press in the world, recently announced its partnership with SecretBuilders, a mobile online game developer that will do the technical work behind the gamification of classical literature for a younger audience. Aimed at the under-15 crowd, SecretBuilders plans to present fictional characters and detailed storylines digitally, giving children the opportunity to engage with the plot on their tablets and smart phones.
The project is part of the "50 Great Reads Before 15" campaign launched by Oxford University Press. Among the selected works are such time-honored classics as: Macbeth, Don Quixote, and Pride and Prejudice. SecretBuilders CEO Umair Khan explains that incorporating the latest and most viral technology in the effort will "ensure that children associate reading with fun so that their literary journey begins even before they can read their first page and continues long thereafter." The existing "gameworld" of SecretBuilders encompasses an online community of 7 million users, who each week interact with a work of classic literature through contests, missions, themed parties, and virtual talk shows that bring the characters and their worlds to life for young readers. Oxford University Press has sponsored "The Bookworms Club" within this gameworld to provide a base context for virtual activities relating to the books featured as part of the partnership.
In addition to the weekly spotlighted title, each month SecretBuilders will release a new mobile game that will be available across the gamut of app stores, including GooglePlay, iTunes, and Blackberry AppWorld. The first of these games is forthcoming for Nook and Kindle devices and will lead readers through Alice in Wonderland through a game that prompts them to find differences between images.
Henry Winkler, co-author of the Hank Zipzer series, has been awarded Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs. Congratulations!
It has been my privilege to meet Stella twice. The first time, I was her Liason at her AzLA panel; the second was at the Tucson Festival for the book. Not only can she write, she can speak! Stella can send shivers up your spine, make you laugh, and above all, give you something to think about.
Just finished Women Who Live in Coffee Houses. Gritty and real, set in Phoenix, Arizona. It is outstanding but not for the faint of heart.
Press Herald Little Free Libraries offering books in whimsical boxes around world Press Herald Todd Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home in this western Wisconsin city, filled it with books and invited...
Come check out the new “Find It” information kiosk on the second floor of Hayden library. The kiosk features a secured iPad that gives you quick access to information like: how to find books; where to find scanners, copiers ...
This coming Thursday, Apple will announce tools and platforms to expand digital publishing to the masses and help transform the textbook industry, according to our sources. This was mentioned in Job's biography. Interesting for this to finally come into fruition.
Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country.