Week 4 Reading Reflection

once upon a time

The article focused on three main things, self-publishing online, the nature and fabric of blogs as texts, and the development of social networks through blogging. In discussing blogging, the article talks about how blogs blend personal information publicly. Stating that, “it is a little like displaying a personal journal in a shop window.” The jargon that I had difficulty with this reading was with what affinity spaces are. Luckily Lisa explained it in the annotation stating that, “Affinity spaces typically focus on one topic or subject. So less personal in a sense, but can be WAY more personal depending on the subject and comfort level of the participants.”

I have been thinking of digital storytelling as literally a video that explains something or tells a story. After reading the article and thinking more about a blog gaining more dimensions by having links to other authors I started thinking about how that would apply to digital stories. How can digital stories have more dimensions? The only answer I could really come up with to answer that is to let the viewer know there are other resources they can go to as well to further enhance what you are trying to teach or show in your digital story. So perhaps the author tells the viewer, “If you want to learn more you can also visit website YXZ…”.

The additional scholarship I choose this week was  called Once Upon a Time… Digital Storytelling brings new dimensions to reading, writing and more. At first I thought the article was going to be about educators creating the content but it turned out that it actually focused more on students being the author of their own digital stories. I found that to a really interesting approach to the subject. It discusses how students tend to steer clear of textbooks at all costs these days but if you can teach them with a digital story or even better have them create a digital story to back up their knowledge of subject matter you will find them to be much more engaged. By having students create a digital story themselves you are also increasing their knowledge of technology at the same time. Instead of simply writing a story on paper they now have to learn how to add audio to their stories and make sure that their pictures have a good enough pixel count to depict a clear picture.

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