“Creativity is a combination of discipline and a childlike spirit.”

                                                                                                                      —Robert Greene

Hello! My name is Lisa Fish and I am an ILT graduate from the University of Colorado, teacher, and media specialist. Media Literacy is my passion in a world where information is rapidly becoming decentralized and distributed across vast digital networks. I love telling stories with messy mediums and digital spaces and want to help others express themselves too. My goal is to prosper students in the 21st century with engaging and challenging transmedia that will build their literacy skills in the Digital Age.

My work encompasses teaching in a variety of settings and experiences from Los Angeles to Colorado. I started out as a middle school language arts teacher and moved into an elementary second grade classroom. After starting a family, I kept my skills up in a private enrichment school setting part time where my kids attended. There I taught various subjects as well as working in administration as a teacher coach. Last year I worked as a media specialist in a middle school and began my MA studies Information and Learning Technologies. I am also currently working with a colleague from Anaheim, CA to line up technology with her ELD curriculum program. I especially love digital instructional design for blended/online learning. My desire is to work in a professional educational environment and present information to students in innovative ways, whether it is through computers, iPads, or print media.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that . . .

  • All children are talented and have gifts. I see all children as having the potential to be future scientists, business owners, artisans, and parents. I believe each and every child has amazing potential and is capable of doing great things. I desire to help children discover the wondrous world around them: to unlock the mysteries of molecules, find the joys of punctuation, and explore the incredible intelligence of the Orca whale. I like to help kids see the “connections” in science, math, and humanities, and how it relates to them.

  • Education shines a light in the darkness of ignorance. Even in the most difficult societies and the worst situations, education brings hope. For example, out on the seaside slums of Lagos, Nigeria, living in squalor in their bamboo huts, the Makoko people go about their daily lives. Not far off, a little apart from the other townspeople, sits a very special three-story boat. It’s the only school for the children, and it gives the community a sense hope, as well as empowerment, accomplishment, and freedom. It’s freedom to learn how the world works. It empowers the individual to change, to understand, to grow, and to conquer.

  • Learning is universal, an important right for all. I believe that education is not for the privileged, but a birthright for every child, whatever their rank, social status, income, or intellectual capacity. All children are equal, but not all giftings are the same. Education should address the individual needs of the child while contributing to the whole community. Teachers play an important role, using tools such as print media and technology, to create a healthy learning environment.


To Build “Powerful Ideas” Through Digital Storytelling

Play : The capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving

Performance : The ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery

Simulation : The ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes

Appropriation : The ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content

Multitasking : The ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details

Distributed Cognition : The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities

Collective Intelligence : The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal

Judgment : The ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources

Transmedia Navigation : The ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities

Networking : The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information

Negotiation : The ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms