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The Movement of 'New Literacies': Week 3 Reflective Practice INTE 5340 Digital Storytelling

Introduction
As part of the educational discourse in digital storytelling each week, I will conduct a reflective practice self assessment. These ‘reflections’ will serve as both formative and summative assessment to the learning goals of the course INTE 5340.

See learning goals in the INTE 5340 syllabus. See DS106 syllabus.

Requirements and Production

The Daily Create (x2)

Where I Stand tdc1262

The Power to Shape The World Through DrGarcia's Lens tdc1266

DS106 Assignment Bank (Video)

Ken Robinson HG Wells Quote - Kinetic Typography

Response to Lankshear & Knobel “New Literacies” chapter one and selected scholarship

Ed 2.0, Affinities, And Social Responsibility: A Response to Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 3

Digital story critiques (x2)

Let’s get fired up! CNN Ron Clark Academy Global Citizen

A Curious Critique On A Story About A Story, About Another Story

Comment peer critiques (x2)

Critique Week 3-2: Critique: Edutopia- Fostering Creativity and Community with a Platform Video Game

Week 3 …

The Power to Shape The World Through DrGarcia's Lens tdc1266

For @DrGarcia’s birthday share an image of what her future might bring.
Happy birthday! I hope you like it. Make sure you zoom in and read the tidbits in the HUD.
I sketched the sci-fi landscape and made it look like HUD. I borrowed a HUD from a1samurai to help get me started on this daily create. "I'm uploading the photoshop for this file, so that people can download it and use it..." -a1samurai

A Curious Critique On A Story About A Story, About Another Story

A Stop-Motion Love Letter to the Power of Curiosity by Maria Popova
Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits.
Media Application (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Media supports the story. Media use is effective and does not overpower writing or story core.

Comments: This digital story was interesting because it mainly features a wonderful animation, but it synthesises a presentation by the author of the book “Curious” by Ian Leslie with the story about how this animation came to be. Essentially it is like 3 stories in one - the author Maria Popova, wrote the story about the story on the story. This makes it a rich story to critique and it has lots of depth with the media application because of the quality of writing in conjunction with the video and the story about the book that inspired the video.

Media Development Process (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Use of media was well thought out. …

Ed 2.0, Affinities, And Social Responsibility: A Response to Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 3

In chapter three of New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning Third Ed by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel the reader digs deep into the technologies and values that define ‘new literacies’ in detail. Lankshear & Knobel do not suggest that these ‘new literacies’ override convention but instead they transcend or build upon the social practices of previous eras (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011, p. 52). This is described on page fifty-three by use of a table to compare and contrast ‘modern’ and ‘postmodern’ variations between paradigms.


Illustrating the changes in paradigms in this manner makes it incredibly clear that when education reform is discussed, mainly, the argument for creativity and the arts, it should be relevant to some if not all of these dimensions in the ‘postmodern’ era. It is through my continued research and scholarship in the works of Ken Robinson, and his latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, that I f…

Let’s get fired up! CNN Ron Clark Academy Global Citizen

The Ron Clark Academy - CNN Global Citizen and Global Leader
CNN's piece on how RCA teaches its students how to be global citizens and global leaders.
Uploaded on May 3, 2011
Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits. Research (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Presentation of facts necessary to support the story. The audience’s questions are answered in the facts presented.
Comments:
As I was watching this video I had doubts. Doubts about the ‘real’ success of a school that actually shows kids having fun AND performing well on tests. As these doubts or questions entered my head the story presented factual information to help me buy in to what is being presented. The factual information also answered my questions about tuition, who goes to this school, and how much do the kids actually enjoy it. Very brief yet informative - excellent. Story Flow (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Information …

Ken Robinson HG Wells Quote - Kinetic Typography

Inspiration This may be the hardest assignment yet, and perhaps all semester. The video assignment naturally includes audio and illustration so the time required for a successful assignment is huge. I picked the “Kinetic Typography” assignment from the DS106 assignment bank. I was inspired by the Sherlock Holmes example on the landing page for the assignment. I’ve also been inspired all semester by animations and it seems half of my critiques this semester have been on animated shorts. My choice in subject matter directly relates to my theme ‘the importance of creative arts in education,’ and my scholarship with the works of Ken Robinson. I just downloaded his latest book Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Educationas a mp3 that I can listen to while I work. Needless to say his well-spoken narrative voice is ringing in my head.

Creative Process I first created a very rough sketch, also known as a ‘thumbnail’ to get my mind moving in the right directio…

Where I Stand tdc1262

From where I stand, these days, there is usually a book, or a phone, or a tablet in my face. Sometimes all three at the same time.

DS106, TheDailyCreate, tdc1262,

The Sound of 'New Literacies': Week 2 Reflective Practice INTE 5340 Digital Storytelling

Introduction
As part of the educational discourse in digital storytelling each week, I will conduct a reflective practice self assessment. These ‘reflections’ will serve as both formative and summative assessment to the learning goals of the course INTE 5340.

See learning goals in the INTE 5340 syllabus. See DS106 syllabus.

Requirements and Production
The Daily Create (x2)

To Be A Kid Again: The Daily Create 1254

Blind Contour tdc1258
DS106 Assignment Bank (Audio)

Rain Chimes
Response to Lankshear & Knobel “New Literacies” chapter one and selected scholarship
How Discourse and Creativity Express Meaning
Digital story critiques (x2)
Critiquing A Reflection On Learning

A Critique of complex simplicity:The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics
Comment peer critiques (x2)
Digital Stories Critique 2: Outdoor Education (student vs. teacher perspective)
“BUCKMINSTER FULLER ON THE GEODESIC LIFE” CRITIQUE
Comment peer chapter one responses (x2)
New Literacies – Chapter 2 Review
Readi…

Blind Contour tdc1258

Our minds create symbols in the world that we see so that we can make inferences and judgments. Learning to draw is the beginning of a new relationship with the world and it's like seeing the world for the first time.
Blind contour drawings are useful as a practice to learn how to draw. It helps create trust between your eyes, your mind, and your muscles. It reduces tendencies in most beginner drawers to draw what is known rather than drawing what you see. Blind contour drawings are practice in drawing what you see.

Draw what you see, not the symbol of something that you see.

tdc1258, The Daily Create, DS106

How Discourse and Creativity Express Meaning

Moving from literacy and ‘new literacies’ to Discourse.
In chapter one of New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning Ed by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel. I learned about literacy as a historical concept and a social practice. I also learned about new literacies as ‘paradigmatic’ and ‘ontological’ (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011, p. 27). In chapter two I began to learn more about literacy as a social practice through Discourses and encoded texts.
“Hence, literacies are ‘socially recognized ways in which people generate, communicate, and negotiate meanings, as members of Discourses, through the medium of encoded texts.” (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011, p. 50).
As a social practice one can think of literacy as observable ‘things’ humans do with their bodies and minds to create meaning. Lankshear and Knobel cite the work of Scribner and Cole to describe these practices as “consisting of three components: technology, knowledge, and skills. (ibid,: 236)” (Lankshear & Knob…

Critiquing A Reflection On Learning

How A Slight Change In Mindset Accelerated My Learning Forever:
A personal sports story and a practical life tip. 
How A Slight Change In Mindset Accelerated My Learning Forever

Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits.
Media Application (Score 1-10: 9 Points) Media supports the story. Media use is effective and does not overpower writing or story core.

Comments:
The pictures of kitesurfing were well placed. The map of The Red Sea was needed to remind the audience of the remoteness of area where the story takes place. The thumbnail sketches demonstrate how the actions were performed and were very needed to illustrate the story. I only wish that there was a video embedded at the end of the story to demonstrate learning kitesurfing. However would that take away from the story? Would the audience skip all of the writing and illustrations and go straight for the video?

Story Flo…

Rain Chimes

DS106 Sound Scapes, AudioAssignments, AudioAssignments970
The soundscape audio assignment really appealed to me. I sometimes listen to ‘voiceless’ music during the work day when I need to focus hard and not be distracted behind the meaning of words in songs. It also relaxes me and helps me enter a more meditative state. I figured, why not make my own soundscape? With all of the rain in Denver, Colorado, I decided to focus on water sounds. I typically enjoy the sound of a good rain shower. Since the requirements for the assignment were to use ‘found sounds,’ I like the idea of recording some of my own sounds. I used an iphone 5c to record most of the sounds since I don’t have any other more sophisticated recording device. I also used freesound to gather some chimes, and dings. However all water sounds I recorded.

I thought this would also be a great assignment for libraries such as Anythink, which has a studio for people to record their own sounds and mix it together. Or maybe another …

A Critique of complex simplicity:The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics

The Poetic Dance Between Simplicity and Uncertainty in Physics By MindShift AUGUST 19, 2014

Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits.
Audience Sensibility (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Explanation of story is accessible to audience. Use of media and character is appropriate and appealing to audience.

Comments:
Concepts in physics and the duality of theories and perspectives is a challenging concept to present to any audience. However Xiangjun Shi created a beautifully animated video with a ‘hand touch’ to bring the story and concepts to light in simple terms. This story is accessible to grade school age audiences through adults.

Story Economy (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Information was presented concisely and in organized fashion. No detours or tangents.
Comments:
It may be easy to get lost in technical jargon or advanced concepts in physics. However the author kept focus and interest…

To Be A Kid Again: The Daily Create 1254

If I could be a kid again…

I would make paper airplanes with my dad.
I would ride my bike as fast as I can in the rain and splash in puddles and mud.
I would let my parents know how much I appreciate them and love them.
I would perform random acts of kindness to kids who were bullied.

tdc1254, The Daily Create, DS106

#DS106, #tdc1254

A Mountainous Climb: Week 1 Reflective Practice INTE 5340 Digital Storytelling

Introduction As part of the educational discourse in digital storytelling each week, I will conduct a reflective practice self assessment. These ‘reflections’ will serve as both formative and summative assessment to the learning goals of the course INTE 5340.

See learning goals in the INTE 5340 syllabus. See DS106 syllabus.
Requirements and Production
The Daily Create (x2)

"Digital Graffiti" - The Daily Create 1247

A Flower for Grief: The Daily Create 1251

DS106 Assignment Bank (Visual)

Where The Ocean Meets The Sky Meets The Land

Response to Lankshear & Knobel “New Literacies” chapter one and selected scholarship

New Literacies and Creativity are Intertwined: A Chapter 1 Response to Lankshear and Knobel

Digital Story Critiques (x2)

A Critique of A Hero: Sir Ken Robinson

A Critique of Visual Mastery (RSA Animate)

Comment Peer Critiques (x2)

“Digital Story (selected scholarship) Critique #1, Week1 – There’s No Health Argument for Veganism”

Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital …

A Flower for Grief: The Daily Create 1251

Dear Susannah,
Today's daily create, 'send flowers to DS106 people,' is for you!
As you are processing grief through digital storytelling know you are not alone. Cancer also runs in my family and I have lost family members from this disease. Today my mother went to her cancer specialist (cancer free for 10 years now) to talk about 'genetic research' to share with the rest of my family. My cousin is in Houston right now going through chemo and stem cell routines to save his life. I hope the flower can remind you of the beauty and fleeting in life. This is from my garden today with fresh rain this morning in Denver, CO. Thoughts are with you as you heal and process grief.
-Kirk

#DS106, #tdc1251, #Grief

A Critique of Visual Mastery (RSA Animate)

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk: Changing educational paradigms (animated by RSA animate)https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms

Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits.
Digital craftsmanship (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Mastery of media: use media is appropriate, well-crafted, and supports the story. Media application is free of errors.

Comments:
The use of white-board media creates a 'hand-made' aesthetic. The attention to detail and ability to draw and communicate ideas with this medium as an animation is incredible. The animation appears to be free of smudging or errors yet it doesn’t look overly reproduced digitally, or retouched. The evolution of the drawings takes shape into a larger picture of the lecture to support the story in a very creative fashion.

Flow, organization, pacing (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Information presented makes logica…

A Critique of A Hero: Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk: How schools kill creativityhttps://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity#t-185891


Transcripthttps://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity/transcript?language=en


Assessment criteria: As part of authoring critiques of digital storytelling in INTE 5340 three criterions are selected from Jason Ohler’s assessment traits.

Voice, creativity, originality (Score 1-10: 10 Points) Tone is appropriate, pacing is good, intonation, inflection, diction, overall quality of speech. Use of anecdotes, humor, and personal experiential knowledge.

Comments:
Sir Ken Robinson is always a pleasure to listen to. His humor, his tone, and relatable anecdotes instantly grab the audience. The use of humor followed by critical story points gives the audience a chance to recall the information because of the recollection of a humorous story. The expression of creativity in his stories paints an authentic picture of the topic at hand.

Story clear,…

New Literacies and Creativity are Intertwined: A Chapter 1 Response to Lankshear and Knobel

Background As a primer to UC Denver’s INTE 5340 Digital Storytelling course, I decided to take my professor’s advice and begin an early read of the course text New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel.


When the book arrived three weeks ago I was intrigued to see a cover with what looks like web interfaces and digital icons for different social media platforms. I can honestly say that I could only identify half of the icons on the cover and only regularly use a couple of the platforms. I didn’t have a Twitter account until a couple of weeks ago and I have only used Facebook for a year. Never the less, I was excited to learn about these ‘new literacies’ and perhaps face the fact that in terms of literacy, in this context, I am in some ways ‘illiterate.’

In conjunction with the course text for course work in INTE 5340, students focused on a theme of one’s choosing based on personal interest. As an instructor in a visual art related fie…

Where The Ocean Meets The Sky Meets The Land

DS106 Surreal Panorama VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments1330 
I have been fascinated with surrealism art since I first learned about it when I was in highschool (1998). I was captivated by the works of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali among several other incredible surrealists. What is interesting about surreal art, is that it often times combines photorealistic qualities to give a sense of realism yet something isn’t quite right with the juxtaposition of the elements in the scene. The viewer gets an odd sense of an alternate reality or dream like state. The inspirational works of surrealism provides a creative lens to the tangible world, and the world of visual arts.

The works of Magritte has had such a profound impact on my interest in art, I chose to pay homage to the influence by focusing on the “water” and “clouds” in the scene I created. Many memorable works of Magritte include manipulation of clouds and water in juxtaposition with objects that are not naturally part of the en…