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Inanimate Alice
A Digital Novel



Inanimate Alice is the leading example of transmedia storytelling in education. Transmedia storytelling is a nonlinear technique of viewing, reading, and writing across different multimedia platforms. Parts of the story requires participation by the reader for the story to advance. Students connect and engage with the characters and plot as they interact with the story elements.

This amazing Web 2.0 teaching tool is an astonishing literary and digital phenomenon that exemplifies learning in the 21st century.

This teacher resource takes children's books and digital storytelling to a whole new level while meeting numerous Common Core reading and writing standards.

This Web 2.0 teaching tool was created as a digital book and has become a multiplatform immersive project. Readers find themselves engrossed in the story as they interact with the central character Alice, and help her advance into the story.

Written by award winning author Kate Pullinger, the story introduces readers to Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her digital imaginary friend Brad.

The story uses text, music, images, sound effects, and gaming to illustrate and enhance the story.

The different story episodes can be viewed on all devices that can run Adobe's Flash Player.

UPDATE: This great teacher resource now includes Snappy, a free download that lets students create their own visual stories using text, images, and audio files.

View the story's trailer below.

21st Century Skills

Critical thinking skills are employed as students engage in the episodes and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the story's elements.

As readers become immersed into Alice's storyworld, they are motivated to reflect on the content and to collaborately create, communicate and share their own new content, thus encouraging creativity and innovation.

In the Classroom

A downloadable education pack is available for teachers and educators to accompany the story. Many of the lessons in the education pack are aligned with the Common Core standards in Reading: Literature. For a complete list see the site's list - The Common Core State English Language arts Standards - Reading:Literature for Inanimate Alice.


UPDATE: A new story "The Best Journey" is now available on the Australian site

A NEW ADDITION: After reading Alice's stories, students can now create mash-ups of text, images and audio files to write their own digital stories. You will need to download the site's free Snappy tool first. It runs on PCs using Adobe AIR and is amazingly easy to use! Students' stories may be viewed on a browser or printed.

Several of the Common Core anchor standards in Writing can be met when students use the Snappy tool for creative writing assignments.

Writing: Text Types and Purposes

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

Writing: Production and Distribution of Writing

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Listen to Laura Fleming, a school librarian, as she shares her take on this Web 2.0 teaching tool.

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS. Students can read and play the story individually or in whole groups using an interactive white board. The creators of the website have partnered with Promethean Planet to establish a resources and news-sharing community around Inanimate Alice.

Tips for Using Inanimate Alice in the Classroom (using interactive white boards)

As students follow Alice's journey in the story, they are encouraged to create their own episodes either expanding the existing storylines or writing new ones.Take a look at an unofficial wiki - aliceandfriends - for examples of student work based on Alice's story.


Although not a tutorial, Kelsey Kavanagh offers a good overview of the website along with tips for getting started and classroom examples in his paper "Designs of Education Technology - Inanimate Alice."

Safety Concerns

There are no apparent safety concerns. Students simply go to the website and click on an episode to access. Registration is not required for students.

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