“Lifelines” is a collection of nine short stories that Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph created for Rising Stars, an award-winning publisher of books, teaching resources and software supporting school teachers and learners.
The digital short stories, published on CD-rom and accompanied with additional educational materials (including a teacher’s book by Mike Ward that included various in-class scenarios for each story), were designed to be viewed on computers (PC as well as Mac) or in the classroom on interactive whiteboards. Each story is 5-10 minutes long and is told from the first person point of view of a child narrator, blending text, audio, video and images. Stories depict life from a perspective that might be unfamiliar to its readers and are related to topics in the British secondary school curriculum (KS2 and KS3), introducing historical, geographical or sociocultural contexts.
The goal of the project was to supply schools with innovative materials to teach the analysis and production of digital text in an engaging and exciting way, to develop students’ digital literacy skills and to stimulate creative writing. Each of the nine stories is accompanied with an asset bank of sounds and images used to create the story and a pdf file of the script. These materials were included in order to enable students to create their own digital stories. Links to popular open-source programmes enabling working with audiovisuals (Audacity, Photo Story and Comic Life) were also included .
On her blog, Pullinger described “Lifelines” as “the first fairly large commercial commision” that she and Joseph have taken on and as “a big step towards finding ways to create income from this type of work”.
Due to copyright restrictions we cannot redirect you to the work itself. However, you can see two videos of Kate and Chris talking about the project and interacting with the stories.