Using iPad interactive fiction in class

Recently I taught a unit of work on traditional Indonesian tales to my year 5/6 Indonesian class, using the Australian Curriculum outcome ACLINC040. Rather than reading traditional print work, I taught using iPad interactive story apps. We then discussed the characters and their actions: What is right and wrong? What would you do? How do these stories describe culture?

I used the traditional stories: ‘Bawang Putih dan Bawang Merah’ and ‘Malin Kundang’.

‘Bawang Putih dan Bawang Merah’ had an advantage in that it is in bilingual. Students could see the stoy in Indonesian and in English.

With ‘Malin Kundang’ the app is only in Indonesian, so before we saw the app we watched a youtube version of the story and then the students used the app to guess what the story was saying or translating it.

Advantages:

Children were engaged by the use of this technology.

Bawang Putih & Bawang Merah had hidden eggs in the story that gave information about Sumatra.

Children liked the additions to the story such as the noises or the movement. It added to engagement.

Students asked me to put these apps on the homework sheet so they could show their parents.

Disadvantages:

These apps had games which could be distracting.

A few students (not many) tried to do other things on the iPads.

In conclusion it was a positive experience. Maybe the idea that it was a new way to view a text meant that it was memorable and students asked when we would do this again.

References:

Bawang Putih dan Bawang Merah. (2015). Luminov Global Indonesia. [mobile device app]. Retrieved from the apple store.

Malin Kundang. (2015). Educa Sisfomedia Indonesia. [mobile device app]. Retrieved from the apple store.

Kastari Sentra. (2014). Malin Kundang part 1 English version / Indonesian folklore / Kasari animation official. Retrieved from https://youtube.com/watch?v=V5usDXCCSUc

Kastari Sentra. (2014). Malin Kundang part 2 English version / Indonesian folklore / Kasari animation official. Retrieved fom https://youtube.com/watch?v=blo4wiFBqMk

(Apologies for my referencing…..I know this is not correctly referenced – but I am using a mac and it is not doing everything I want it to do and I am getting a bit fed up!!!! 😉 )

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