My first GIF

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Digital literacy/fluency

I selected this Search & Research topic for a few reasons. The first is because I attended the Library 2.0 Conference on digital literacy and fake news, which sparked an interest in the subject matter. The second is because I feel like I need to understand the difference between digital literacy and digital fluency before

The Big Yawp

  Fourteen years ago, I drove more than 4,000 miles to Alaska in a truck packed with my most beloved possessions and thoughts of adventure. A job at the Anchorage Daily News lured me to this place. Working as a sports journalist was an amazing job while it lasted, but another adventure was inevitable after

Participatory Storytelling

I’m not sure where or when I learned about Storybird. Perhaps it was this class? Or was it my wife (who is also a teacher)? Regardless, when I read the description of our participatory storytelling deconstruction project, it hit me that Storybird seemed like the right platform to retell our story on Twitter. If you don’t

Unseen Worlds: AR and QR

Paperless Learning QR codes peaked my interest at the beginning of my public school teaching career three years ago when an experienced English teacher showed me how he utilizes the technology in his classroom. On test days, he encouraged all students to BYOD — an acronym in the Anchorage School District commonly known as “Bring

Cultural Storytelling

Part of my job as an educator for my video announcements class at Goldenview Middle School is to help my students use digital media and storytelling to set school expectations. In other words, when problems need to be addressed, such as treating others with respect or picking up trash, it’s the job of my students

Elements of Digital Storytelling

What elements are common to all forms (digital and traditional) of storytelling? “The New Digital Storytelling” by Bryan Alexander (2011) offers one answer to this question. The sequence of introduction, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution, which first introduced by German writer Gustav Freytag (1816-1895), has become the most recognized way to learn the