1. Changing dimensions of children’s literature in book and digital formats.
2. Exploring children’s literature on CD ROM and the WWW.
3. Booktalk 'on-line': Learning about literature through 'book raps'.
4. Playing in the MUD; performing in the Palace: Literary narratives and students’ multimodal on-line authoring.
5.Classroom management of computer-based work with children's literature
6.New directions in research and classroom practice using electronic literature for children.
Len Unsworth is Professor in English and Literacies Education in the School of Education at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Len was a classroom teacher in Queensland before moving into teacher education at the University of Western Sydney, and then the University of Sydney prior to taking up his present position at the University of New England. As well as an extensive list of journal articles, Len has published a number of books including Literacy learning and teaching (Macmillan, 1993), Researching language in schools and communities (Continuum, 2000) and Teaching multiliteracies across the curriculum (Open University Press, 2001).
Angela Thomas is a lecturer in English and Literacy Education at the University of Sydney. She has been a Primary school teacher, Drama and Arts Consultant and Literacy Advisor. Her main area of research is virtual theatre in visual worlds.
Alyson Simpson lectures in literacy in the teacher education programs at University of Sydney. Her current research projects include the study of design in interactive learning communities such as: children's online responses to literary texts. Her work aims to extend the successful use of multiliteracies in the classroom.
Jennifer Asha is a primary school teacher experienced in teaching students with a wide range of abilities. She holds a Masters degree in English and Literacy Education and shares her passion for conventional and computer based literacies as a guest lecturer and conference speaker. As president of an Australian Literacy Educators Association local council, she leads a group of teachers and librarians interested in promoting the use of conventional and electronic children’s literature in the primary classroom.