I posted this to RAIF, but since I know there are readers here who don’t follow RAIF closely:
Graham and I have been talking about a revamp of the Inform website, and one of the things we’d especially like to add is some support for teaching with Inform and/or interactive fiction in general. But since neither of us has any actual experience of presenting Inform in a classroom, we’d love some feedback about what it would be most useful for us to offer. Particulars follow the cut.
The Inform website is in the process of being revised, and we hope to add two things that may be of interest to teachers, librarians, and professors:
— occasional news, highlighting interesting projects being done with Inform 7
— a section of the website dedicated to Inform and IF in the classroom.
Since this is now at the planning and design phase, we’d be interested to hear from you. We’re especially hoping for
1. Accounts, however brief, of people actually using IF or (especially) Inform 7 for educational projects. What did you do with it? What level or age range were the students? What succeeded? What didn’t? If you’d like to have your project showcased in a news story on the site, are there images of your school or quotes from students you’d like to share?
2. Lesson plans, tutorials, hand-outs, links to websites, etc., which you’ve created and would like to share with other teachers or professors. We would, of course, provide full attribution and not claim any sort of copyright on these; the idea is just to help other teachers find resources for their projects.
Some of the IF-related teaching projects we know about are already linked from
but we’re aware there is probably more out there — and of course we wouldn’t want to host any materials actually on the Inform site without invitation from the authors.
3. Any requests or suggestions about what sorts of resources would be helpful to you: are there documents you would have especially welcomed? Information that was hard for you to find? Guidelines about age-appropriate IF for various levels?