A new multimedia novel is instilling a love of reading by tapping into students’ love of technology and film
“The advances in technology are changing the ways kids read, so the way we teach needs to change,” said Willey. Inanimate Alice, with its impressive audiovisual effects, appears no different from a video game. But its driving force is the pithy narration and clever use of literary devices. “With this program, the walls between the written text and the multimedia world are broken down, and kids who are reluctant to read tend to be drawn in,” said Berzolla. They have seen encouraging results: Reluctant readers are discovering a passion for literature, including print, and those who were already reading are being inspired to write their own stories.