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Week 7 Reflection

July 22, 2017

Week seven. Seven weeks. One left and I graduate from CU Denver’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program. This was a tough two years of working full time as a high school teacher and taking night courses, driving into Denver for class, and spending weeknights/weekends reading and writing. Almost there! In week seven of my digital storytelling class we were asked to step it up with two assignments, but were given a break from our usual readings and annotations.

Daily create one:

What a fun robo boogie coding exercise. You were able to adjust the speed and movement of the robots head, arms, and legs all the while choosing background music and the type of bot. It was silly and easy. I decided to do another to stretch myself.

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Daily create two asked you to find something in your home that made a horrifying sound. I went to my OP 1 and scanned through the synth bank until I found a pad that a haunted vibe. I don’t think playing a major chord made it quite scary enough, but I added a filter and went in for a closeup to increase intensity.

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According to my own media checklist I have three remaining categories to finish off: 1 web, 1 social, and 1 dialog. To fulfill my social this week,  I chose to do a short story on Twitter that reveals a sequential aspect of the story each day. I will post for 5-6 days in a row, adding more plot, setting, and character development all within the 140 character limit.

I watched a Ted talk on the new forms of digital storytelling that are taking place on Twitter relating to anonymity, controlling the pace of reading/the reveal, reader feedback, etc… It was interesting to hear about how creative and inventive people are being with this platform. Here are the first four days of my fictional story. You can read the finished work on my twitter feed. No spoilers!!!

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My final assignment is a dialogue with my mother, who also taught. I explained DS106 to her and recorded her responses and thoughts on the class. It was a nice excuse to get together and hang out. As always, she had something interesting to say.

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My crit is related to Google VR Cardboard and the role it is playing in expanding educational opportunities for classrooms around the world. I bought a pair and am interested in seeing if the technology will be a good fit for expeditions in my classroom. Fingers crossed! The package has yet to arrive! 

In conclusion, week seven focussed on dialog and soliloquy. Digital dialog to me has a pretty open ended definition. It can run the gamut from a social media “like” to something more specific like an Twitter comment/response, to discussions in online forums, to more in depth sharing and co-creating of digital mediums. You create something and people respond to it, building a shared narrative. It requires familiarity with platforms, being involved with community, and being creative. Soliloquy is your voice, your story. It can operate on its own or it can be part of a larger group of stories that exist in parallel. Harnessing the digital tools that give our voice is essential for both dialog and soliloquy to manifest. We learn by sharing, inspiring, refining, and working together.  


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