I will read just about anything and in just about any format. Except in this context, format covers two aspects.
First, we have format in terms of content.
Cereal boxes have held my interest when nothing else was around, for instance, all the way down to copyright info or patent numbers, just noticing the different types of info included. If I’m given a choice, I’ll opt for mysteries most of the time, but I also read sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, middle grade, historical. I’ve read a few modern chick-lit and even, in a desperate weekend in my youth, a Harlequin romance that was the only thing in the trailer I hadn’t already read. It’s an hour of my life I will never get back.
I am not a voracious reader of non-fiction, although I try from time to time. I’m great at starting, lousy at finishing them.
But when it comes to short stories, I prefer older ones or mystery stories. » Read the rest
The final assignment for the course, “Metaliteracy: Empowering yourself in a connected world”, is to create a digital artifact of some kind — a story, video, podcast, etc. — tied to the theme of metaliteracy, metacognition, and the topics of the previous 3 weeks. The goal is to help teach some aspect of it to someone else. For me, one of the most interesting areas of metaliteracy falls into the area of ethics. And I think I have something unique to say.
Metaliteracy and Ethics
It’s quite interesting that so many people talk about the “ethical use of information” on the internet and in journals, on talk shows and in lecture halls. Yet none of them seem to stop to ask themselves what they mean by ethics? In most cases, the explanation is quite simply “do no harm” or “don’t do bad things with the info”. It is akin to Google’s slogan, “Don’t be evil”. » Read the rest
This week’s materials are all about preparing a digital story. It starts with a simple example of telling something personal, maybe including some primary materials, adding in some secondary materials, doing research, planning, and ultimately creating the story in some form.
It takes the view that digital storytelling encompasses lots of different tools — text, pictures, video, etc. — and gives examples of how to do that creation, find the relevant materials, and shares a lot of examples from StoryCorps of how to do that creative process.
I have to say that I found it rather basic. Too much of it is about the tools you can use to tell your story, and not enough time is spent on what the story is…for me, all storytelling starts with the arc. A beginning, a middle, an end. And some sort of purpose to the story — or to sharing the story. Long before I figure out what I’m going to use to tell the story, I need to figure out what story I want to tell. » Read the rest