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Shortly after I finished my post on Monday about Patrick Carman's The Dark Hill's Divide, I received an update from Patrick Carman about his new book 3:15. 3:15 is an app for iphone or android. The premise is this: The three stands for Listen,Read,Watch the 15 implies that it will take 15 minutes or less for you to complete.
The reader listens to an audio introduction which then leads them onto a section where they'll read for 10 minutes. Only after they have completed reading will they be led to the video conclusion. The 3:15 series are ghost stories for children. The episode was released on March 15th and there will be a new epsiode every two weeks. Along with this, Scholastic, the publisher will be releasing all 9 stories in the series as a book with passwords to unlock the website to see the conclusions. All of this cost .99 cents an episode.
Patick Carman has been bending the boundaries for awhile now between technology and literature. HIs series Trackers has Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily tracking advanced cyber crimnals by following the leads left by their digital footprints. It's up to the reader to break the code and capture the criminals.
Skelton Creek Skeleton Creek is broken into two parts — Ryan’s text in the book, and Sarah’s videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the story. Skeleton Creek is a book and a movie at the same time. This series also has apps which can be downloaded.
As much as we love books in this house, and we really love books in this house! I find these to be well written and engaging. They not only embrace technology they hold an underlying lesson of creating balance between the world of technology and the love of reading. We didn't feel as if we were being entertained but felt as if we were part of the story.
How do you feel about incorporating technology with literature? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Recommendations: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, The 39 Clues #5, Thirtenn Days to Midnight