I just realized that as much as I like the new template I applied to the blog, it apparently does not allow for comments to show. 🙁 Not even sure readers can even make comments. So I’ll be monkeying with the templates more. [sigh]
I was never sure if I was supposed to blog about each shot I took for the Daily Shoot assignment in the Digital Storytelling course I’m taking, so I didn’t unless a particular shot struck me. As busy as things were last way, nothing much struck me at the time.
But all together, I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s a different kind of photography than I used to do when I was doing it professionally. This is not journalism. I’m not sure it qualifies as art, but it tends that way simply in the sense of it being a means to lead me to consider the ordinary world in fresh ways. Just in case any of my classmates or anyone else would like to see the shots, I’m linking to them as a group.
Intended or not, one of the side effects of the Digital Storytelling class for me has been to focus my thinking on the progression through the years of my relationship to media. For a ds106 assignment I put together a Prezi presentation that started exploring that, and the thought process has continued, enhanced in part by the current two-week-long assignment that has us participating in the dailyshoot.
Among other former jobs (my students are already a bit amused by how many former jobs I’ve had, but that’s part of the pattern in the mass communications industry), I was chief photographer for a small daily newspaper (photography was a big part of the job at earlier papers as well, and I also made part of my living doing darkroom work and owned an early one-hour photo-processing business). Photography was one of my early hobbies, begun in 8th grade when Mr. Culp, the yearbook sponsor, stuck his head out his classroom, spotted me in the hallway, and said, “You! Would you like to be the photographer for the yearbook?” Continue reading
This is for an assignment in the Digital Storytelling course, but I’m happy to share it here, for whatever it’s worth. I was thinking about how differently writers approached things “in my day” with copyright, etc., and today with things like Creative Commons licenses. I don’t know how informative it is, but it reflects my personal process somehow.
The temptation is great in this day and age to open a bio template and adapt it to whatever the current bio request may be. After all, most of us have numerous copies of vita-type info sitting around on hard drives, and it’s easy to just drop one in and adapt it. The Digital Storytelling course seems to me, in part, to be about rethinking how we communicate in the current technological reality, and so I wanted to not yield to that temptation. Continue reading
I’m taking part in a course that illustrates in a lot of ways the changing face of education. Just as I don’t know exactly how that face will change, I don’t know yet exactly how the course works, but I get the feeling that the not know will likely be an integral part of both this course and that changing face.
The course is called Digital Storytelling, through the University of Mary Washington (I think). Here are some of the ways that (it seems to me) the course is emblematic of this cultural shift that is going on. Note that I’m using both “traditional” and “current” as amorphous terms. Much of what we now think of as traditional classroom education isn’t really all that traditional. Continue reading