Stacked Ads: Week 6 Digital Story Critique

From the wonderful people at Jonesboro Library comes a particularly catching library outreach poster: I was very pleased to come across this Photoshop remix example. True story: it happened BY ACCIDENT! I suppose happenstance is a force that often leads us to some of the best ideas. After a careful examination (in which I carefully reviewed the poster to determine what programs might have been used), I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever tool was employed by the librarians (Fotoflexer, Adobe, Lunapic, something more expensive), it was done effectively! On the other hand, the author may have used a meme generator, but…

John Jacob Astor is a Mean S.O.B.: DS106 Assignment for Week 6

My personal criteria for completing this weeks DS106 Assignment are as follows: Pick something that will enhance your technological skill set and digital literacies. Pick something that can be made relevant to my digital storytelling theme of “Libraries and Librarians”. I’ve mentioned these traits as desirable ones in all my previous assignments, but my freedom to choose any particular assignment type gave me a surge of creative inspiration! I felt determined to satisfy both measures in a way never done before by me. Keeping with last week’s diligence in mastering my photo editing skills, I decided to venture down the…

Money where mouth is: Week 5 Reflective Summary

This has been one of the most fruitful weeks for me in terms of learning and strong skill development. I’ve been very busy with work and was consumed by worry that I would not be able to devote the same amount of time to ILT5340. Fortunately for me, I was proven very wrong. My DS106 mashup assignment was hands down the most challenging part of this week. In support of my convictions, I selected the “random” feature on DS106 assignments and came up with Talky Tina. I was happy to have selected a photo editing assignment, but could never have…

Let’s go out and eat hair: Week 5 Digital Story Critique

My digital story selection for this week is the product of lots of exploring and deep contemplation. Upon looking at the remix appendix at the end of Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 4, I noticed a remix type that I hadn’t previously considered: Political Remix. I have been a big fan of bad lip reading videos since discovering them a few years ago during the 2012 Presidential Election and became very excited at the prospect. Okay, so this photo is obviously a remix too, but I don’t want to focus on that. In fact, I’ve tried hard up until this point…

Stuff I read and What I think about it: Week 5 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Jenkins (2008) Afterword: Communities of Readers, Clusters of Practices Jeremy Dean: Letters to the Next President 2.0 Jeremy Dean: Social Reading in the Writing Classroom: A Webinar and 5 Ways to Use Hypothes.is for Rhet/Comp Flipping one-shot library instruction: using Canvas and Pecha Kucha for peer teaching What I think: The theme for this weeks reading response is “the world is a flipped classroom“. My reason for choosing this as a theme is the readings for Week 5 have made me feel great. They have confirmed my understanding and support for implementing participatory culture into classroom lessons. More…

Talky Tina Semiprofessional Remix: DS106 Mashup Assignment

It’s the same old (challenging song): I look through the mashup assignments and find several that look exciting and challenging, but I must narrow them down to a single one that I can adapt to my theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. Arguably, most of them can be adapted to relate at least tangentially to my storytelling topic. With this in mind, I settled on an image editing one that requires cropping and smooth editing (both of which have given me trouble in the past). The name “Talky Tina” rang a bell when I first read the directions of the assignment,…

Reading about things while doing them: Week 4 Reflection

This week seemed to fly by at a much faster rate than the previous ones. Like last week, I paced myself, but I still felt compelled to jump in proactively. I am still enjoying the course very much (and I don’t anticipate any changes to that), but there’s always a solid combination of excellent work, room for improvement, and solid learning. The oddest component of this weeks work was the experience of reading about doing something while doing it (blogging, hint hint). In the best possible way, I felt like I was dissecting myself under a microscope. For some reason,…