October 13, 2009

Connect HERE (via Elluminate) at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time (click to convert to your timezone)

Introductory Announcements:
  • I want to thank Sue Waters for supporting the learners throughout this past week. She has done a wonderful job and is truly inspiring.
  • Unfortunately, Alan (our scheduled presenter) cannot make it this week, and therefore we will trudge along without him. However, Alan has left us some excellent resources and I would recommend that you watch his '50 Ways 2.0 Tell a Story' presentation from the recent EdMedia Conference.
  • Reminder about final project. If you (for-credit students) haven't added your proposal, you should soon. See form.

Meeting Topic - Digital Storytelling (guest - Alan Levine)

Alan has shared the following resources with us:

Weekly Tasks:

These tasks are assigned to for-credit students, but we'd love participation from non-credit students! Use the appropriate tag (eci831, eci831readings, eci831tools) to become part of our conversation & learning.

Last Week (September 6-October 12/09)
  • Sue Waters has asked her readers "What Are Your Thoughts on Educational Blogging?" Please review this post and the comments. What are your thoughts on educational blogging after reading this? Have they changed? Do you have ideas where you could use blogging in professional reflection, network building, or in your classroom?
  • In preparation for our presentation next week with Alan Levine, read Alexander & Levine (2008), "Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre" Think about and/or reflect (in a blog post) "what is different in telling stories with Web 2,.0 tools, and is it a new or different form of expression?

This Week (October 13-October 19/09)
  • I would like to recommend watching Alan Levine's '50 Ways 2.0 Tell a Story" presentation that he prepared for the recent EdMedia conference. The best way to view the presentation is to download the Cooliris plugin (for Firefox), then listen to the audio track as you flip through the slides.
  • Alan suggests looking at one or more of these examples below and considering if and how these may represent new forms of storytelling. Think also about how the tool/medium may shape or inform the story told. You may consider writing a blog post regarding how the changes in media, tools, and connectivity shape our stories, and as well, shape our story tellers. As an alternative, you could frame the question (or post) from a historical perspective. For instance, how did transition from oral to written histories shape our stories (how they were told? who was heard? how the changes shaped our history and/or society?)
  • In preparation for next week, I would recommend watching Sylvia Martinez's K12 Online Presentation, Games in Education. And if you don't know about the K12 Online Conference, you should really check it out. It is an annual, free conference that goes back to 2006. There are dozens of high-quality presentations available from previous events.
  • Also for next week, the suggested reading is Seymour Papert's article "Does Easy Do It? Children, Games & Learning" (if you are unfamiliar with Papert, please read his Wikipedia page). PLEASE NOTE (as Sylvia warns), the link contains (1) the original article, (2) a letter to the editor from a game designer that voices a very typical response to saying that "educational" games aren't all they are cracked up to be, and,
    (3) a response to the letter from Papert that addressees these issues very succinctly.

Other Readings and Media

The Elluminate Recording is now available here.