Literacy Junction: Exploring Narrative Theory and Books for Youth in a Cyberworld
Pru Cuper, Cris Crissman, Hiller A. Spires, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper describes the development of Literacy Junction, which is an interactive web site for teachers and students in grades 5-8. Using an interdisciplinary approach to learning, Literacy Junction offers two distinct features: technology-enhanced experiences with outstanding young adult literature and cybercharacters who serve as both academic models and technology guides. A pilot study was conducted in which 8 students created their own cybercharacters after interacting with the site's cybercharacters as well as text-based literary characters. Through qualitative analysis of students' character drawings and oral and written discourse, several themes emerged depicting the role of cybercharacters in conjunction with students' aesthetic responses to narrative texts. Based on these preliminary findings we anticipate that future studies will contribute to narrative transactional theory as it is recontextualized from print-based to web-based learning environments.
Cuper, P., Crissman, C. & Spires, H.A. (2001). Literacy Junction: Exploring Narrative Theory and Books for Youth in a Cyberworld. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2202-2203). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).