I’ve been fascinated with the idea of using the iPad and smartphone as a video creation tool. Not just for shooting, but also editing – a one-stop-shop production tool for making and exporting video content to the web. So I spent some time exploring TouchCast Studio this week. Read More
Henry Jenkins and Mark Deuze (2008) wrote an editorial that has connected some dots for me. It’s leading like a trail of bread crumbs down a path to I don’t know where partly because of this opening statement: “We are living at a moment of profound and prolonged media transition: the old scripts by which media industries operated or consumers absorbed media content are being rewritten” (p. 5). Read More
For today’s daily create Stark, Spare, Beautiful Midcentury British Safety Posters put out a request to up-cycle their posters to be useful for digital safety. We were to choose one and edit away. Since Minecraft has been a huge “thing” in my house lately it was on my mind. Read More
I had a hard week. There was a medical crisis in my family (it’s all good now). Schedules overwhelmed me. Laundry overwhelmed. Everything overwhelmed me.
I ended up playing ambient music in the background for one whole day just to relax (and eating chocolate).
What do the Beastie Boys and Danger Mouse have in common? Besides having interesting names, they’re a part of a music movement that engages in remixing music that Eric Jacobson says, “is about exploring new philosophies of aesthetic . . .” (Knobel & Lankshear, 2010, p. 47). In his chapter titled “Music Remix in the Classroom,” he describes the differences between remixing and mashups and how the genre can be used in the classroom.
I had no idea I could create a trio with just my voice and some recording software. I was inspired to do this project from the DS106 Assignment Bank because I heard another student’s beautiful lullaby and was floored how great it sounded. Don’t think mine is nearly as good, but it was fun trying to figure how to do it.
I took a break on Monday and headed up to Estes Park to see the Fall colors. It was such a soul-nurturing time of escape. Something about taking the time to notice the subtle changes around makes me slow down and appreciate all of the beauty of nature and life. And I realized if I don’t make time to see this quick transformation each year then I miss it altogether. Which leads me to why I was inspired to write this week’s digital story critique.
Discovering ideas for using Minecraft in the classroom is one of my goals this semester and one I’m really excited about. But let’s face it, it’s a game. How do we justify making it part of the school day? For today’s blog I’m examining a chapter in Teachercraft by Seann Dikkers (2015), Associate Professor of Education of Bethel University, who shares specific subject-level applications for Minecraft. Read More
Today’s daily create was to make a photo of a dozen of anything. I chose Magnesium which has an atomic weight of 12 (made with shiny blue paintballs)
I heard CEO of a company say once “Fail fast and fail often.” I remember cringing when I heard it. We don’t like to fail. Americans feel uncomfortable with failure. But is it healthy? Do we do kids’ a disservice if we reward success and punish failure in school?