The USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center partnered to produce a paper that discusses transmedia storytelling and transmedia play in the lives of children 5-11, with a particular focus the impact of transmedia on learning.
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this paper. One thing I particularly liked:
The scattered fragments of a transmedia story are like pieces of a puzzle; they encourage curiosity, exploration, experimentation, and problem solving.
I also particularly liked the discussions about specific ways transmedia (storytelling and/or play) helps foster those skills necessary to participate effectively in today’s media-rich, participatory environment.