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Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

2019-09-04-2019 until 2019-10-02

Goal Build a website to share media you create to tell your story.

Objectives
  • Examine the selfie as an artifact of identity
  • Explore learner identities and the impact this has on learning.
  • Explore the impact learning and education have on identitiea.
  • Annotate a research article for descriptive statistics
Key Vocabulary:Bell Curve, Kurtosis, Skewness, D(d)iscourses, remix, creative commons, text structure, narrative
Technology Fluency 1 stuff hit:
  • Students will be able to use and create structured electronic documents.
  • Students will be able to use graphical and multimedia technologies.
Activities

Week One: Shape of Stories

Read

Write

Think of a story you know well- a novel, a song, a TV show, and see if you can create an diagram showing the shape of that story, and annotate it as well with plot points at key points on the curve. You can do this in graphic software or sketch on a piece of paper and take a digital photo of your curve.

Write a blog post that describes how that shape influences the effectiveness of the story

Participate

Now that you’ve considered the shape of a story, meet with a group and choose  other forms of communication you do might have a “shape” – what is the shape of an email message? a syllabus? a lesson plan? a research paper? a conference presentation? Think about how you might apply some of the ideas from story shape to these forms of communication.

Each person should blog about the communication format before you discuss the shape. Then comment back and forth on each other's post.

Week Two: Selfies and Identities

Read

Post your notes to two of the readings.

Write

Why do we take selfies? Do you take selfies? Pick some element of selfie culture and connect it back to the readings.

The Quantified Self Assignment: Write about your quantified self. What do you read, watch, listen to, and compose? What do you keep track of? Your followers? Your likes? Your steps walked? Your workouts? Your heart rate? Your sleep? Your gas mileage? Your hours worked? The number of books read? Your “top 9” instagrams and snapchats?

Participate

Make a Selfie (but not a pic).

  • You could create an infographic with your stats like the Quantify Yourself chart in the article. Piktochart could be a great resource for this. 
  • You could create  a short film: alternating some day-in-the-life style video perhaps with some narrative and images from you. I would keep this under 2-3 minutes. And I would compose a film, not simply talk to a webcam.
  • You could create a collage of yourself, using pop culture, the things you read, watch, listen to, make, etc How is your identity represented by the artifacts and texts you’re surrounded by?
  • Try using art or drawing to represent the ideas we’ve worked with about self/selfies (digital art or actual painting/drawing). What would it look like to string a bunch of your selfies together? What gets left out of the selfie series? What is still hidden and how might to represent that in art forms?
  • Lots of ideas for sharing stories about yourself here too.

 

Week three: Schools and Identities

Read

Write

Did you have a good identity as a learner? OR Write a story about two people one who has a positive view of learning and school and one does not. Explore their backstory to explain this world view.

Participate:

Complete three daily creates a week.

Make Cycles

Every week there will be something for you to create.

  • 4-11  Make Cycle One: Selfie
  • 11-18 Make Cycle Two: Build Your Website
  • 18-25 Make Cycle Three: Timeline
  • 25-2 Make Cycle Four: Customize Your Site

This work is a remix of two classes by Alan Levine and Kim Jaxon. It is shared under a CC-BY-SA license.

Week Four: Photos and Identities

Read

No readings this week

Write:

Complete 5 of the seven photo challenges posted throughout the week.

Participate:

Post a page with photos on your website. Back here on the class blog tell us how you did it ad what you learned.