Learning as powerful as a Storm: Interactive Fiction

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Here is a short video (6:09) to get you started:

To experience Interactive Fiction please click here.

When I first experienced interactive fiction (IF) it was very compelling.  A story that immersed the reader into a mental and physical challenge.  Our kids play games.   They enjoy playing sports, video, and board games.  Most students like computer games.  Now, if you inform the kid that there is a way to interact with a story other than reading it….they may ask questions.  They may begin to wonder why is this fiction interactive?  What is the author trying to do.  The mental play begins.  The student is engaged and the learning can commence.

After students read an interactive fiction piece they often want to know how to make their own.  They begin the process of learning about something that was initiated at school so they can further explore the idea on their own.  This is what we try to do with every topic we teach.  We need to get our students excited about something that they will continue to learn on their own without our prodding them.  They do it because they want to.  They do it because the feel a need to.  This is learning that is important.  This is learning that is personal.  This is learning that is fun and engaging.  This is learning.

Interactive Fiction has been used to teach reading, foreign languages, programming, history, and game design to students at many levels, from elementary school through college and adult education.  Click here for information

Please share Interactive Fiction with your students.  Prepare for the storm of learning!

Do you think that Interactive Fiction (IF) could be used in your class?  Did you enjoy your experience with IF?  Let me know.

Want to learn more?

Here are some learning resources on Interactive Fiction:

 Inform7 – Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world’s best-known writers of IF

FAQ on Interactive Fiction 

 

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About Eric

ERIC JACKLICH | Teacher, Photographer, and Designer Eric Jacklich is a creative professional specializing in educational technology, digital illustration, and photography. He is an alumnus of Michigan State University's M.A.E.T (Master of Arts in Educational Technology) program, and has been working internationally for over seventeen years creating compelling learning experiences for students in technology and design. With experience covering a full range of creative services including; concept development, creative/art direction, design and animation — Eric has the creative vision, technical talent, and passion needed to create powerful digital media experiences for his students. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Eric currently teaches at Ruamrudee International School. Eric's interests are: family/friends, photography/design, golf/softball, reading/travel
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3 Responses to Learning as powerful as a Storm: Interactive Fiction

  1. Profile photo of jbredy jbredy says:

    Great, informative piece. This is an area I need to consider and you certainly presented a good history and immersion to it here. It’s not my genre, at the moment, but I could imagine formats and storylines that could hook even me.

    • Profile photo of Eric Eric says:

      Thanks for your thoughts. I like to share new ideas with my students and IF is one way to keep them thinking and asking questions. Thanks again for your comment.

  2. Joe Pereira says:

    Hi Eric. I think it’s great that educators are raising awareness of IF and how it can be used to engage students and allow them to put their learning into practice in more meaningful ways. In answer to your questions:
    Do you think that IF could be used in your class? Indeed – while not the perfect tool to engage every type of learner, playing IF allows students an incredible level of control over the standard reading/storytelling process.

    Did you enjoy your experience with IF? I use it a lot :) and when a student asks for further game recommendations – it is all so worth it.
    My students have just created their own games with Quest – and I have NEVER seen students come up with such creative ideas and am even more impressed that were able to implement them as games.

    You can read more about how I use IF with students for foreign language learning at http://www.theswanstation.com.

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