Week 10: Self Reflection of Learning

This has been a busy couple of weeks. My survey for my capstone closed on Friday, so now I get to gather my results and finish my final draft of my capstone! Looks like this semester is actually coming to end and I will be done with my master’s program.

As I believe I have mentioned several times, I wanted to incorporate some instructional technology classes into my curriculum. I think the classes I have chosen have done a lot to help me with my creativity. Despite how challenging I find it to be challenging under a deadline, it has definitely helped exercise that creative muscle.

My most recent daily creates include:

  • #tdc1740 Rain or shine, my city is beautiful. And how magical is this rainbow?

Assignment Bank:

My digital story critiques:

  • The Uglies is a digital booktalk about a book by Scott Westerfield. I chose this one to step outside if my narrow thinking about what a digital story is and is not. Booktalks are frequently used by teachers and librarians to get students interested in reading a particular book. digital booktalks are short videos that attempt to do the same thing by creating a short video that is supposed to give the essence of the book and encourage the viewer to want to read the book.
  • ‘Lest We Forget’: Carol Guzy is a photo essay of the pets that were left behind during Hurricane Katrina. It is a moving look at the animals, their owners, and their rescuers, and it fit nicely in with my theme of photography.


Responses & reflections on the readings and selections of scholarship:

Responses to classmates posts:

  • David’s post on Virtual reality and the future of storytelling – “What a great article! I love the idea of using a safe environment for students (and others) to experience the world. There are so many applications for this. With the right tools, we can place students in the middle of history, allowing them to get a better sense of how things used to be, we can place them in the middle of wars, we can let them experience other cultures and countries… the possibilities seem endless. I can also see a military application where military personnel can run various scenarios in as close to a real world setting as possible before they actually put them into action. There are probably also many therapeutic application to this technology. Families that can’t afford to travel physically, can travel virtually and get the benefits of being exposed to other cultures that used to be out of their reach. IT’s technology and possibilities like this that make me wish I were being born now🙂.”
  • Meissa’s Response to Digital Storytelling: What it is… And… What it is NOT – “Thanks for critiquing this article. I like that the author talks about what digital storytelling is and is not. Sometimes, we get so bogged down in the nitty gritty that we lose sight of the real purpose for storytelling. This article seems to break it down nicely so that event he novice can understand what to do and what not to do.”
  • Robert’s My Response to “At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media” – “I have two points for your critique:1. I really like that you tried to find an article that related to the style of digital storytelling that you chose to create for this week.

    2. I find the acronym DUSTY to be quite unfortunate for the topic of this article — lol. Dusty brings to mind someone finding an old book in an attic that is covered in dust. Though, I guess, you could look at it as taking an old concept (storytelling) and dusting it off and presenting it in a new way (digital storytelling). So, that being said, maybe DUSTY isn’t so bad after all 🙂

    Great article. Digital storytelling is a great way to instill all of the concepts mentioned in the article in a way that is both fun and engaging for students.”

  • Louiza’s How to live to be 100 | Digital Story Critique |Week 8 – “I really enjoyed this story, Thank you for sharing it with us! I like that even though this was presented in a video format, it incorporated video, photographs, audio, and even textual captions. This is a good example of not limiting yourself to the obvious components of your medium.The creator of this story obviously took great care in the planning process before compiling this video. Planning seems to be the most important part of creating a digital story.

    Thank you!”

  • Meissa’s Digital story critique – A life of Successful People in 2 minutes – “Like you, I appreciate the message behind this video. And I also agree that the timing of it could have been better. There were quite a few times when I missed the words on the screen because the story advanced too quickly. My other biggest critique of it is that it lacked a personal touch. I can see this story being better developed if the creator had talked about the stories of these people influenced them to achieve some manner of success in their life. I think what makes a digital powerful is when there is an intimacy between the author and the audience, and I just didn’t get that. I walked away thinking… cool, failure is the path to success. But I didn’t walk away thinking… cool, I can do that too.”
  • Undead Unlimited’s “I REMEMBER!” – “I love the theme of your blog🙂 I am a fan of all things Zombie/Undead! This is such an interesting concept, the hybridization between watching an doing. As I was reading your blog I thought that I would love to start looking for more gaming sites that showcase the idea of involved storytelling… where the game doesn’t necessarily tells the story, but the story unfolds as you work your way through the game. As I think back through my childhood and adulthood, the games I have always enjoyed the most were the ones where there was a story that unfolded. And the deeper I got into the game, the bigger and more real the story seemed to become. Basically, yes, I was always a fan of RPGs (think Zelda and Final Fantasy).When I was in my first grad program, back in the late 90s, I went out and bought the newest Playstation, and the most recent release of Final Fantasy. It was a snow day, so I didn’t have to go to work (I was doing my practicum in a school, and the school shut down because of the snow… of course, I was still able to make it to the mall to buy said console and said game — lol). I got home, hooked up the game, and 10 hours later realized that I had been sucked in to this fantasy world (one of the reasons I do not own a gaming system now — lol). While I don’t necessarily condone spending that much time gaming, it is a testament to the power of the story.

    I will continue to read your blog to see what interesting stories and articles you unearth (pun intended😉 )!”


I am still a fan of the Digital Story Critiques, the Daily Creates, and the Assignment Bank. However, I have noticed that I have a problem with blog post title consistency. I really need to go back and edit the titles to make them more consistent!

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