1. @lakaha77

    Final Reflection


    I can’t believe this course is over!  As much as I dreaded it after I read the syllabus the first time, it has flown by and I can confidently say that I learned more (about the subject matter and about myself) in this course than in any of my previous …

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    Week 7 Review


    I can’t believe this is the end of week 7 already. This course (and summer!) has flown by.  I feel like I completed all requirements of the week to the standards.  I was excited to get a chance to go back to a design assignment that I was interested the …

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    Week 7 Crash Course Story Critique


    For this week’s story critique I chose a story that, just like with my focal theme article ended up being, was not something that I had originally set out to find.  In keeping with the theme of the reading that I chose to annotate and review for week 7 I …

  4. @lakaha77

    The Invisible Knapsack


    This week’s reading was from the National SEED Program in the form of an article written by Dr. Peggy McIntosh about “unpacking the invisible knapsack of white privilege”.  I came to the reading a bit late this week, so it is hard for me to determine if my thoughts and …

  5. @lakaha77

    A Cloudy DS106


    I chose this design assignment from the assignment bank this week.  The task was to create a word cloud that encompasses DS106.  I wanted to do this assignment the first time we were asked to complete a design project, but the description suggests that it be completed near the end …

  6. @lakaha77

    Week 6 review


    This week had its ups and downs for me as far as this course goes.  I have been in Philly for the last four days for a wedding that my husband and I were both in, which meant I had to get the majority of the work for the week …

  7. @lakaha77

    Social Learning


    This week’s reading was Lankshear and Knobel (2011) Ch7: Social Learning, “Push” and “Pull,” and Building Platforms for Collaborative Learning.  The chapter takes a look at the concept of social learning – and the authors take the stance that social learning is truly the only form of authentic learning.

    “They …

  8. @lakaha77

    Digital Story Critique #6


    For this week’s story critique I found a video from the teaching channel that talked about implementing blogging in the classroom.  This was something that I wanted to look a little deeper into since we read about blogging a couple weeks ago, and it happened to be the first video …

  9. @lakaha77

    Assignment Bank Colors


    For this week’s Assignment Bank Creation I went back to the visual assignments.  We did visual assignments the first week of class, and I chose an assignment that didn’t force me to try anything new.  All I had to do was take a picture and post it. Last week I …

  10. @lakaha77

    Week 5 Review


    I am pretty happy with how this week turned out.  I completed all assignments (although I am realizing now that I never tweeted my daily create from yesterday – will do that after this post!) and I chose a mashup project that took me outside my comfort zone.  I felt …

  11. @lakaha77

    Digital Story Critique #5


    I stumbled upon this digital story in the form of a prezi as I was searching for articles to supplement this week’s reading.  I can’t tell from the site who the creator is, but I assume she is either someone who is taking a course similar (in content, not participation) …

  12. @lakaha77

    Week 5 Reading Review: Participate!


    This week’s reading was from Jenkins (2008) Afterword: Communities of Readers, Clusters of Practices.  It discussed looking at the new literacies that technology has created as more than  just something that distracts students from their coursework.  The reading suggested that, instead, educators should be embracing these technologies and looking at …

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    The task for this assignment was to mashup a children’s book with another  cultural artifact.  I chose this assignment for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, I have never used any sort of photo editing (besides paint, and I’ve only used that to add text to a picture) and …

  14. @lakaha77

    Week 4 Review


    Week 4 was tough for me – though it had very little to do with the class.  I came down with a stomach virus that took me out for most of the week.  At first I thought that the fact that I was just lying around all week (and actually …

  15. @lakaha77

    A Blog About Making Blogs: Digital Story Critique


    For this week’s critique I found a video that seems to have been made to reach students in a course in which blogging is discussed (like what seems to be, perhaps, a very dull version of ILT5340).  The professor is giving an overview of blogging in the classroom and the …

  16. @lakaha77

    Blogging: A Performance Art

    This week’s reading was Davies and Merchant (2007) Ch8: Looking From the Inside Out: Academic Blogging as New Literacy.  In this reading we explored the world of blogging, from the view of researchers that performed an autoehnographic (new term for me!) study in which they were both the subject and…
  17. @lakaha77

    An Iconic Design Project


    The goal of this design project was to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons – four of them.  I chose this assignment because it is something that I could see myself having my students do …

  18. @lakaha77

    Week 3 Critique


    It is hard to believe this course is almost halfway over!  At the same time, though, my mindset has changed so much since first receiving the syllabus that it is also hard to believe it has only been three weeks.  I  think one of my greatest improvements this week came …

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    What is Machinima? Digital Story Critique #3


    For this week’s story critique, I steered a little off course.  The video that I will be critiquing doesn’t have much – or anything really – to do with the world of education, other than the fact that I used it to further my own.  While I was reading this …

  20. @lakaha77

    Push and Pull


    This week’s reading  was Lankshear and Knobel (2008) Ch1: DIY Media: A Contextual Background and Some Contemporary Themes.  This chapter opens with a discussion revolving around the importance of understanding your students’ engagement with media in building connections to their practices.  Building these connections allows you as a teacher to …

  21. @lakaha77

    My first video asSIGNment


    For this video assignment the task was to take a video of yourself or someone else and finger spell a word or a phrase in Sign Language alphabet and let others guess what you have spelled.  I chose this assignment for a couple of different reasons.  The first being that …

  22. @lakaha77

    High Quality Ignorance – Week 2 Review


    I went into this week with a completely different mindset than last week.  Last week I felt myself thinking there was no way I could succeed in this class, whereas this week my thinking was more along the lines of, “I can do this, but it is going to take …

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    This week’s reading was chapter 4: New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing.  The main takeaway I got from reading this chapter is that I need to stop thinking that any aspect of this class will not benefit me as an elementary school teacher.  Before reading this chapter, I …

  24. @lakaha77

    The Sounds of Summer


    For my first Audio Assignment I decided to record the sounds of my day. As a teacher, the sounds of my daily routines sound very different now than they did three weeks ago, which is one reason I wanted to complete this assignment!  I would love to go back and …

  25. @lakaha77

    Whirlwind Summer


    Today’s daily create was completely up to us, which at first glance seemed easy!  Once  I sat down to do something, though, I found myself wishing someone would just tell me what to do.  I decided to play around with a couple of sites that you can use to turn …

  26. @lakaha77

    Week 1 Reflection


    I am so glad to have week one under my belt!  I started the week STRESSED about this class.  I felt like there was no way I could succeed – I couldn’t even understand the syllabus.  But here we are – I made it!  I feel like I successfully completed …

  27. @lakaha77

    Digital Storytelling in Elementary Ed


    For my interest-driven scholarship this week I wanted to read something that would give me a glimpse of what digital story telling might look like within my fourth grade classroom.  Already, just in week one of this course, I feel like I have learned a lot and have become engaged …

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