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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