Liverpool Girls High School is a vibrant, multicultural girls high school located in the south-western suburbs of Sydney with over 87% of the students coming from a language background other than English. The school community is committed to working together and achieving excellence through high standards.

Transmedia Storytelling Pilot was a collaborative project between Liverpool Girls High School and Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. The aim of this project was to investigate how Transmedia Storytelling can be used to provide new ways for students to engage with the study of picture books, to develop literacy and ICT skills and to encourage the development of participatory culture and feedback.

Work Samples from Pilot: Postcards

Henry Jenkins in his paper Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century identifies Transmedia Navigation as one of the core social skills and cultural competencies that young people should acquire if they are to be full, active creative and ethical participants in this emerging participatory culture.

Transmedia Navigation – the ability to deal with the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities. 

This small pilot of 29 students in Year 7 (12-13 year olds) mixed ability English class ran over 4 weeks with a total of 24 x 40 minutes lessons. Students in this class was studying the picture book The Red Tree by Shaun Tan.

Students explored online programs such as Xtranormal. Here is a work sample from the pilot.