- - What have you learned or gained thus far? Details.
So far, this course has made me reflect on the power that storytelling has on our modern learners. As a classroom teacher, I have been taking the teacher's perspective for most of our articles and projects. Specifically, I have been learning a lot about the power that stories have on the 21stc century learner. A first example is the idea that literature and storytelling can teach students how to empathize with a fictional character and then hopefully transpose that ability to their "real" life. Another way that storytelling can be powerful to our modern learner is that it might be a passageway for them to use story creation as a form of play that inspires high level thinking.
- - What would you like to learn more about? Why?
I am loving the resources and articles we have read so far. After this week's reading on "Media Education for the 21st Century," I would love more information about resources that show what classroom teachers are currently doing to incorporate media into their lessons. This article was a little outdated, so I am really interested in seeing how this idea has developed over the last decade. To be very specific, I would love to know how English teachers are using technology and media, since a lot of this article was based on other subjects.
- - Have you left the status-quo behind? Do you feel challenged? Explain.
With my first project in this class, I felt like I took a safe path. I used a program (Canva) that I am already familiar with, and I only needed one form of media. This allowed me to focus solely on being creative with the content, so this was a little challenging. The thing that I think will challenge me more is creating the larger projects. I am already starting to research things that I have not used (PowToons and Soundcloud for example) in order to get ready for incorporating more media into my storytelling. This learning process is challenging, which I love.
- - What did you expect coming into this course, and what have you actually received, thus far?
5. - What would you like to learn and do for the second four weeks of our time together?
Since I am a high school teacher, I am most interested in how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom in a way that is creative, inexpensive, and timely. I am interested in getting sources to show how digital storytelling is used to engage students. I use some blogging and website creation in my classes, for example, but I know there is a lot more that I can be doing to get the students more engaged and inspire their creativity.
6. - Reflect specifically on the ideas/ideals presented in the videos above, and the article we annotated this week. With whom do you agree or disagree most strongly - Sir Ken Robinson, John Seely Brown, or Henry Jenkins? Explain.