Stuck in my head: Week 4 Digital Story Critique

Another week, another digital story to evaluate (and I mean it in the best way possible). Going forward, my weekly critiques will include a different framework taken from the appendix of Lankshear & Knobel’s Chapter 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing. For all of you who read my blog, this just means I will be making a more concerted effort to find digital remixes in new formats (movie trailers, music videos, etc.) for these assignments. As usual (drum-roll), I had a tough time finding a digital story this week. I am not accustomed to searching for this…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 4 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Davies and Merchant (2007) Ch8: Looking From the Inside Out: Academic Blogging as New Literacy Jon Becker:Open Faculty Development Mike Caulfield: Simon’s Watchmakers and the Future of Courseware Sean Michael Morris:Teaching in our Right Minds: Critical Digital Pedagogy and the Response to the New George Siemens:The Future of Learning: Digital, Distributed, Data-Driven The Development of Digital Literacy and Inclusion Skills of Public Librarians What I think: The theme for this week’s reading response is “The Perfection of Blogging”. In the required and optional texts for Week 4, the most recurrent theme is the implications and impact of academic blogging…

Searching for Celebrities in the Library: DS106 Design Assignment

When I first encountered the “design” category on the DS106 Assignment Bank, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike the other assignments I’ve completed so far, this one does not specify which medium I will use. When I think design, I imagine audio, video, images, and just about every other form of digital output. In a moment of extreme bravery, I clicked the “random” button (even though the term bothers me due to it’s over misuse). The assignment I encountered seemed like a lot of fun! I was tasked with designing a menu! I am a long time restaurant buff…

In which the author learns to pace himself: Week 3 Reflection

Since beginning this course up to the most recently completed assignments (and even the current moment, right now), I thought about something an old college friend of mine had a habit of saying, “This will not end well.” His tone was typically playful and sarcastic. Some of the contexts of him saying this included inviting too many people to a party, taking an hour long drive at 3AM, or selecting a questionable item from the dining hall. Whenever I asked him for clarification (sometimes offended by his lack of faith in me, events, other people), he would clarify, “If you’re…

Stuff I Read and What I Think About It: Week 3 Reading Response

Stuff I Read: Lankshear and Knobel (2008) Ch1: DIY Media: A Contextual Background and Some Contemporary Themes Robin DeRosa: My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice Remi Holden: Annotation in the Open: Part 2 (and note the Hypothes.is annotations) Audrey Watters: Openness and Ownership: Who Owns School Work? Audrey Watters: What Do We Mean By Open Education The Flipped Classroom: Student-Driven Library Research Sessions for Nutrition Education What I Think: The theme of this week’s response is “Us and Them to Us and Us”. This statement has significance in many ways when discussing the reading for week 3 of ILT5340. The discussion…

Help me help you help me help you: Week 3 Digital Story Critique

At the end of last week, my commitment to finding new outlets for digital stories to critique grew stronger than ever. Although I may decide to use a TEDTalk or Reddit for a story critique down the road, I wanted to try something else. As a reminder, not only do I have to find digital stories that interest me, but also try my best to locate ones that fit my aforementioned theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. In the process, however, I found a story on the (admittedly conventional) outlet of YouTube while searching for “library stories”.  I happened upon a…

These Kids and Their Damn Snapchat: DS106 Video Assignment

I did it! I used a video technology with which I had no prior experience! Everyone (mostly me), rejoice! OK, maybe I’m getting a little too excited, but exploring a new video editing technology is-for me-a more than potentially daunting task. Although I am a frequent Camtasia user, I know little of other technologies for similar projects. With that in mind, I looked anxiety in the face and laughed. For this weeks DS106 Video Assignment, I decided to take my chances and selected the “Random” button. This assignment came up: Play It Backward, Jack.  The directions were simple: record a video…