To show my progressive development in learning theory, research, and application, I will showcase three key excerpts from my New Literacies responses.
- Chapter 2 Review: Just the Right Amount of Meaning
- Chapter 7 Review: 80% “Pull” & 20% “Push”
- Chapter 8 Review: Quest to Collaborate on Complex World Challenges
Chapter 2 Review: Just the Right Amount of Meaning
From a Digital Storytelling course perspective, in week 2, we were learning about discourses and how one begins to identity within new discourses. Certainly one of my new discourses was as a “griever”, but I also found sanity and purpose in the physical exertion of my discourse as a triathlete. Here is one of my New Literacies responses in relation to this new discourse as a “triathlete”:
Chapter 7 Review: 80% “Pull” & 20% “Push”
Participating in Digital Storytelling through the “pull” educational model felt like Remi dumped the entire class into a swimming pool. We all had various swimming capabilities, but ultimately we began life each other up and ask for help. We learned how helpful our peers could be and it actually became a pleasant experience to use Twitter for reaching out. Getting constant updates on everyone’s tweets as well as blogs, through Feedly made me feel like my dual monitor setup always oriented me. Requiring a focal theme was genius in that it truly pulled me through the course. Having a topic I’m passionate about really became more about learning than producing homework.
Emily shares that she needs both the “push” and “pull” for motivation like I mentioned in my review. She uses the second part of her review to share kinds words about the loss of my mother.
Chapter 8 Review: Quest to Collaborate on Complex World Challenges
Seeing how Quest to Learn (Q2L) models a collaborative classroom that relies on various literacies, games and out-of-the-box thinking has inspired me. Moving forward in my career as an instructional designer, I hope to implement “pull” whenever possible in my teaching methods. It seems like a bit of a no-brainer to take full advantage of the pedagogy I experienced in my Digital Storytelling class, with all the technology and new literacies available today. The trick is, however, to effectively execute “pull” through adequate planning, vision, and enthusiasm for learning.