I am participating in a panel with Lucas Johnson and Karen Wehner called Worlds of Learning: Transmedia for Children & Education.
I have been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 15 years. I have been both a classroom teacher in grades K-8 and currently am a library media specialist for grades K-6. As a direct result of my teaching, I have taken a professional interest in developments in new media and in vanguard techniques in interactive and transmedia (multi-platform) storytelling. In this context, I have tried to draw connections between transmedia and education and write and speak about them frequently. I am currently playing a lead consultative role with the BradField Company, the developers of the innovative and popular transmedia story, Inanimate Alice. I have played a major role in growing and sustaining a thriving and vibrant global community around Inanimate Alice. I have consulted on several transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations and toolsets for teachers and students. I am currently co-authoring a book on Transmedia LearningWorlds.
To me, the most exciting development in education today is the myriad of new technologies and media that has allowed us the opportunity to rethink, restructure, and redefine how education is conceived. Building upon methods and techniques from the 19th century, we are now able to expand learning experiences across multiple platforms- merging technology with content and with genuine human experience.
In the context of education, I dream of a type of learning in which each learner has a voice and is fully immersed in their learning in which the locus of control will have shifted towards the learner as an individual, and away from the teacher and the institution.
Although I certainly have favorites in each of these categories, I don’t think I would send anything into the future. I think it is much more interesting to consider a future in which new thought forms and innovations can emerge without any influence or appropriation in creation
Laura Fleming has served the children of New Jersey as an educator for the past fifteen years. In recent years she has taken a professional interest in developments in new media and vanguard techniques in interactive and transmedia storytelling. In this context, she has been able to draw powerful connections between transmedia and education. She is currently playing a lead consultative role with the developers of the innovative and popular transmedia story, Inanimate Alice. She has consulted on several transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations to benefit teachers and students as well as the corporations themselves.