New Media Faculty Dev. Seminar – FA2010

"Awakening the Digital Imagination" – a Networked Seminar

I Should Write Here More Often…

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Post source: publicintellectual

I've been thinking about ways to creatively procrastinate in my need to grade student essays while giving meaningful feedback. I want to be able to give myself a break from the gnawing fear and frustration that comes with the natural struggle to gain ability in a skill. However, I also need to not drift too far mentally from the topic at hand. (There, there be dragons!) In the coming months and years, there is a possibility that this blog with be rejuvenated with a new project and direction of my research and teaching. Bah...I'll get back to grading, but with the integration of Google Apps to a better degree, at least I no longer have to go to far to write something, even it if just represents my thoughts. Currently Listening, Reading, and/or Watching: "Shut Up and Play the Hits" covers 1 and 3. I'm reading student essays and Divergent for s and g's. It's fun.

I Should Write Here More Often…

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Post source: publicintellectual

I've been thinking about ways to creatively procrastinate in my need to grade student essays while giving meaningful feedback. I want to be able to give myself a break from the gnawing fear and frustration that comes with the natural struggle to gain ability in a skill. However, I also need to not drift too far mentally from the topic at hand. (There, there be dragons!) In the coming months and years, there is a possibility that this blog with be rejuvenated with a new project and direction of my research and teaching. Bah...I'll get back to grading, but with the integration of Google Apps to a better degree, at least I no longer have to go to far to write something, even it if just represents my thoughts. Currently Listening, Reading, and/or Watching: "Shut Up and Play the Hits" covers 1 and 3. I'm reading student essays and Divergent for s and g's. It's fun.

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This is a test for embeddable video in preparation to a potential Writing for Digital Media course in the Fall or Spring: It seems to work, and the video is catchy as well.

Post source: publicintellectual

This is a test for embeddable video in preparation to a potential Writing for Digital Media course in the Fall or Spring: It seems to work, and the video is catchy as well.

Post source: publicintellectual

Post source: publicintellectual

Post source: Applications in Biology for a New Generation

We have grown up with comics and have accepted the need to hop from frame to frame in a linear path. Time moves to the right and down in standard comics. So we have accepted the flow visually. This is not a new concept. We have been telling stories in this linear fashion with drawings from as far back as the Egyptians.

Looking for patterns – when the pattern is as simple as boxes side by side we see the pattern. But complex patterns are missed by many people. I don’t know if this is a new phenomenon or has always been a problem. As a dyslexic patterns are very simple for me to see. Is pattern recognition a measure of intelligence? I have personally witnessed in the last three weeks that many of my colleagues can not recognize or follow patterns. Are they unable to see them or do they see no value in recognizing them. Is this a fine arts skill that is not normally seen in analytically individuals.

Parallel pathways – comics today could be just like the web. You could select your path based on your own interest. We do this with web searches or YouTube when you select the next and then the next as the computer searches for similar videos. Before you know it, you are no longer anywhere near where you started with your original search.

Learning from the comics

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Post source: mccmktg

What a refreshing reading!  I thought the format was extremely effective.  I’ve never been a fan of comics, but I now have a great appreciation of the art of comics as well as their power to involve the reader in the subject matter.

Radio is often called “theatre of the mind.”  It is sometimes more effective than television because, if engaged, the audience uses their imaginations to fill in the blanks and the pictures that they create are more powerful than ones provided by video.  I can see that comics also  have that power.  I wish I had more drawing talent.  It would be fun to try to create some instructions for students in comic form.

Scott McCloud on Comics

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Post source: Gail'sNew MediaBlog

McCloud’s explanation in comics form of how comics “work” was fascinating. I had never thought of the mechanics of how comics artists get their story, action, and representation of time across to the readers.  I think writing this book in comics form was a great and entertaining way to literally illustrate the many points he makes about the different conventions and techniques that comics artists use, and how the reader understands and perceives the story, action, and the passage of time.  If one was talented in this area, which sadly, I am not, wouldn’t this be a fun course to take?

I also loved McCloud’s speech on TED and his pictures and other graphical representations of what he was saying. Very interesting, entertaining, and fast-paced. He would be great to hear and see in person.

Post source: Applications in Biology for a New Generation

We do live in a society that values degrees. In previous years that was not as big a problem as it is today. Today parents and students alike value the degree but not what it takes to acheive the degree. In many cases both feel that grades and degrees give them some magical way to achieve their goals. They do not take into consideration what it take to learn the material or the importance of that information learned. This is best illustrated by grade inflation.

Some remodeling of content may improve students learning, as seen with cross discipline courses, but until the student make an effort no change in our educational system is going to make a difference. We use to value experience in college education. People from industry were not required to have the graduate hours to teach.

Today’s classroom is often focusing on “the test”. Teach to the test. The numbers on the test will determine funding, will determine if you have a job tomorrow, etc. Instead of teaching student the whole story we only focus on that which is on the standardized tests – what has that gotten us – a group of high school graduates who can not read, write, or do arithmetic at a high school level. I say the model is broken and we need to throw it out.