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

                                                                                                                      —Robert Greene

Hello! My name is Lisa Fish and I am an Information Learning Technology graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver, 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. 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.

Mission

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

Background

I grew up in this little suburb called Oildale. It’s exactly how it sounds—miles and miles of metal pumping “horses” peppered the landscape. Massive concrete vats the size of football fields. Like so many small towns, it wasn’t terribly varied and exciting (except for the ocean, which was two hours away). My desperate need to see the world and know about things drove me to anything I could get my hands on at school. Luckily my teachers could see that need and often loaned me books, feeding my imagination and nourishing my soul. My favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon was  at the library lost in a good mystery. Pure delight!

Dreams

I went on to graduate from college, majoring in English and Education. I taught Middle School Language Arts and Elementary school. I wanted to be so much like the strong women in my life: Teachers. I met the love of my life and married him as fast as I could! While still raising my children and teaching part-time, I began a publishing company called Pinky Wish Press with a college friend and published my first novel: Moonfin (under the pen name L. L. Mintie). Our goal is to develop educational content and resources for English teachers, and especially mobile digital media content that’s easy to access in a snap and on-the-go.

Life

Currently I live with my family on five acres of beautiful meadowland in the Black Forest of Colorado. I love it here! My hobbies include hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling. I like to read, crochet and cook yummy cultural foods in my spare time. I especially love to roam my land in search of wild animals and plants to study. Currently we have a family of bunnies who have taken up residence in the bushes. We also have this great old tree that was struck by lightning and is now home to many animals. My secret indulgences are chocolate and binging on the BBC. I love creativity in all its forms and enjoy taking conventional ideas and medias and placing them into new contexts.

Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Weigel, M., Clinton, K., & Robison, A. J. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Mit Press.
The concept of “powerful ideas” was put forth by Seymour Papert (1980) in his landmark book Mindstorms: Children, computers, and powerful ideas. Basic Books, Inc..