Pascoe Vale PS creates amazing Inanimate Alice resource

May 20, 2009

Last year we heard from two educators in Australia who are doing amazing work using ‘Inanimate Alice’ in the classroom. Here’s an update on their exciting work from Margo Edgar (classroom teacher at Pascoe Vale PS) and Kate Story (Teaching and Learning Consultant)

Pascoe Vale Inanimate Alice Wiki

This coming week (May 21st- 23rd)we are presenting at the 6th International Conference of the Middle Years of Schooling Association in Brisbane. The conference focus this year is on the use of ICT in classrooms for teaching and learning. As a part of our presentation on Digital Literacy for the explicit teaching of readers and writers in the middle years (yr 5-9) we have created a wikispace for sharing our planning and the student’s amazing work using Inanimate Alice as the stimulus.

The challenge we put to the students in grade 6 at Pascoe Vale Primary School was to analyse episodes 1-3, identifying author’s writing techniques and style for a digital narrative, to then create and present their own episode 4 using powerpoint.(The students did so without viewing the actual episode 4 until after completion.)

We would like to share with you this wikispace which will include all of our plans and the student’s work. We are happy for that to be shared with Inanimate Alice users worldwide and would like to confirm that we have your permission to use Inanimate Alice in this way and following protocols you outlined in previous correspondence.

In all we have put together a plan for implementing Alice within a Digital Literacy unit lasting for approximately 10 weeks (around 30 hours of work.)The wiki will include a copy of this plan with all supporting documents as well as our conference presentation and samples of student work, their powerpoint episodes, photos and videos of students at work.

It has been an outstanding success and something that is being showcased across schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Inanimate Alice has provided us with a stimulus and vecihle to develop the reading and writing personalities of our students in a digital forum. We are only too eager to share with you our journey.

Kind regards,
Margo Edgar (classroom teacher at Pascoe Vale PS) and Kate Story (Teaching and Learning Consultant)

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2 Responses to “Pascoe Vale PS creates amazing Inanimate Alice resource”

  1. Pam Thompson Says:

    Hi Kate & Margo

    Thank you so much for your generous sharing. I have just visited your wiki – it will be a great support to anyone wanting to use Inanimate Alice in the classroom. Your students were obviously very motivated to produce such great work.

  2. Dianne Says:

    Thanks Kate and Margo for such a comprehensive unit of study and your generous sharing! I first saw Inanimate Alice at a Teacher’s Summer School at Wollongong University in January 2006. I loved it instantly! I was teaching younger grade then however I now am in a position to use this wonderful narrative. I have my ICT Licence (Education Qld) and my students are family with digital formats. This is a natural progression for me as a teacher and for my students. Thanks again for your wonderful work! Dianne


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