Transmedia Storytelling.

(Cinderella 2.0: Transmedia Storytelling. FCB Global. 2013)

Below is my visual summation on the topic of Transmedia Storytelling. I created this presentation by using PowToon. A full reference list is included at the end of the presentation video as well as at the end of this post.

 

story experience

(Fig. 1 “Story Experience”. Found on Pinterest.)

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The Final Summation.

The world of education is changing rapidly before our eyes. The days of paperback textbooks, pencils and paper are quickly leaving us behind in lieu of tablets and laptops. Students are evolving too, children today are coined as “digitally native” meaning they’ve been born into a digital world where they’re exposed to and learn to use more technology at younger ages. (Lefelt T. 2014)

Surprised baby boy using a laptop computer

(Fig. 1. “A Digital Native”. 2014)

The internet is a huge, intricate wealth of information, so much so that we all need help navigating it to find the most valuable information, especially in regards to children. We need to cultivate good children’s content to help them get the most out of their digital learning experience. (“Curating Children’s Content: Who Is Doing It and Why” 2012).

girl with laptop

(Fig. 2. Girl with Laptop. 2015)

I found that apps such as Pinterest are valuable educational tools because we can use them to group large amounts of information together that children can then sift through, create from and add to themselves. (“Using Pinterest for Education”)

pinterest

(Fig. 3. Pinterest Logo)

The technology I used for this assessment was: PowToon, WordPress and Soundcloud. Using PowToon in the classroom will be an invaluable tool, allowing children to use and build upon their creativity to make presentations and videos. (Matsil N.). WordPress teaches children how to set up their own blog, giving them control over their own piece of the internet. It can also be used as a virtual classroom and as a way to connect parents to their children’s teachers. (Kim D. 2012). Soundcloud was extremely easy to use and I can see children taking to it in a heartbeat. It’s the perfect tool for students to practice languages, speeches, creating educational playlists and more. (“Teachers Guide to the Use of Soundcloud in Class” 2014).

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(Fig. 4 “Pros and Cons”. 2016) 

There are some negative sides to digital learning, some will argue. (“6 Pros and Cons of Technology in Your Classroom”) But I can see them paling in comparison to the benefits children receive.

kids tech

(Fig. 5. Children at school. 2016)

I have honestly found every single tool that we’ve explored to be valuable, I’ve learned so much from my exposure to them. I hadn’t considered apps like Pinterest, Scoop.it, Soundcloud and WordPress to be of an educational value, but my eyes have been opened.

the-end.jpg

(Fig. “Prefacing the End”.)

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To be a Digital Curator, or not to be.

This is my audio summation on Digital Curation. Below is a copy of the entire talk, plus a full reference list at the end.

The term ‘curator’ is defined as being one who has the care and superintendence of something; especially one in charge of a museum, zoo or other place of exhibit. (Merriam-Webster). Building on that and giving it a modern twist, a digital curator would become a person who takes care of digital content, which makes all of us digital curators to one degree or another and is even becoming a job title. (“What is a Digital Curator” Reside D. 2011)

                                          (Fig. 1. “Try Curation”. Cult of Pedagogy, 2017)

Thanks to digital curation apps, such as Pinterest, it has become easy for everyone to enter the world of digital curation. This is good news for teachers as it gives them a new way to engage with their students that they will enjoy and in a way they are expecting to receive. (Howell J. 2013). If you look at how children are using the internet, they’re unknowingly being digital curators already. (Lefelt T. 2014)

(Fig. 2. “Reasons for Content Curation”. BYOT Network 2017)

By harnessing apps like Pinterest we open up a new way to learn and educate, which is important and necessary in today’s world. (Howell J. 2013). Using Pinterest we can create subject-based boards for students to peruse and add to, all while we’re teaching them an important researching skill. (“Learning the art of Digital Content Curation” 2015)

(“Breaking Down the Steps to Content Curation” OpenViewVenture 2012)

Children use the internet in different ways to adults. They’re unencumbered by the same worries we have and they find ways to get around any obstacles they run into and, they keep on trying until they get what they want. (Lefelt T. 2014). Harnessing that raw interest, desire and know-how is vital to how our digitally native children operate online and is something we need to encourage. (“Using Pinterest for Education” BBC Active).

(Fig. 3 “Teacher Confession”. Hack Learning.)

We must also spend time looking at who is curating children’s digital content while teaching students to do the same, in order to find content that is beneficial. (“Curating Children’s Content: Who Is Doing It And Why?” 2012) This is helped by a child’s desire not only to interact with digital content, but their strong desire to play with it, change it and create with it as they want to in the ways that they want to. (Lefelt T. 2014)

 

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Digital Identities and Keeping Them Safe.

Each and every one of us has our own unique identity, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that we also have our own digital presence online, typically referred to as our digital identity. Everything we do online acts as a piece of the jigsaw that is, simply, us. To come at it in a more technical angle, our digital identity is the collection of personal information that we store online. Everything, from our interactions with social media to our email addresses, usernames and passwords to our more sensitive information such as our credit card numbers and tax file numbers, makes up our digital identity. (“Techopedia Explains Digital Identity” n.d.)

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(Fig. 1. Social Media. Softlooms it Solutions. 2017)

Just as we, as adults, have our own digital identities, so too do our children and students.
Children have an expectation that their education will be rich in digital learning. Indeed, it is not just children who desire digital learning, but their parents and future employers do too. (Howell J. 2013).

As children are becoming more digitally fluent, the risk of addiction, bullying, and unsafe practices increase; it is therefore our responsibility to monitor and teach safe practices. As Devishobha Ramanan illustrates in her article on the subject, there are many ways to help protect our children whilst using their digital identities.

digital security

(Fig. 2. Digital Security.)

The responsibility factor falls to us then, as we assist children navigating across the digital divide as not all children are born equal in our technology rich world.  (Howell J. 2013). It is our duty to impart upon our students how to build and maintain safe digital identities and how to engage in the digital world in such a way as to enrich their lives and education. (Ramanan D. 2017). And if we become concerned, there are people who can help. The people at Binary Tattoo work to track our digital identities so we can see if we’re accidentally sharing too much information and how to shut it down if we are.

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