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Access Denied: The Rich Interior Lives of Student Writers

One of my core teaching beliefs is that students have rich interior lives that are more complex and varied than we, as individual instructors, will ever be able to access. Rather than accepting this maxim as a reason for resignation, I’ve come to understand it as a call to empathize with my students. The classroom is a relatively contested space where both students and their instructor must negotiate the complex…


One of My Favorite Assignments: “Remixing 1984”

(Note: I recently completed a set of materials for an award nomination packet. This post is part of those materials.) Prompt Question: “What is your favorite lesson plan or assignment, and why? Please describe the assignment in answering this question.” It’s difficult to say that I have a favorite assignment. It would be more apt to say that each of my assignments operates differently from one semester to another, depending…


Statement of Teaching Philosophy (A Version)

(Note: I recently completed a set of materials for an award nomination packet. This post is part of those materials.) Students and instructors need to share in learning from each other. I think one of the most destructive tendencies an instructor can introduce into the classroom is take on the role of the source of knowledge, expertise, and institutional capital. No only is this counter-productive, in most classrooms, it is…


Copyright, IP, and Creative Commons Resources

Contents for this Page Understanding Copyright Finding Creative Commons Materials General Sources Where to Find Creative Commons Video Where to Find Creative Commons Music Where to Find Creative Commons Images Where to Find Creative Commons Sounds and Sound Effects Where to Find Creative Commons Books Citing and Documenting Creative Commons Materials Articles and News Related to Copyright, IP, and CC Materials Organizations and Resource Sets Related to Copyright, IP, and CC Materials Copyright, IP, and Creative Commons…


Audio Interview as Writing Assignment

I recently gave a talk on presentation on incorporating an audio interview as a writing assignment into my first-year writing classroom. I’ve decided to make a bunch of the resources available to anyone who might not have attended, but are still interested. Below, I’m including a video of the talk, audio of the talk, the slideshow itself, a description of the assignment, and a few embedded student examples. Please feel…


The Beginnings of a Tech Review Process Workflow and Checklist

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting to experiment a bit with tech reviews of hardware and software appealing to novice and more experienced digital scholars and digital storytellers. I’ll be writing most of the reviews for the Center for Digital Storytelling blog, and those will later be posted here with a month lag-time. I’ll also write a few just for this site, if they aren’t all that relevant for…

New Media Tools

Experimenting with Tech Reviews

I’m trying to experiment with a new genre: the Tech Review. Not because I love them. Most of them are just not very good.(exceptions) Low production values. Poorly structured. Or just plain dull. I’m currently working on a series of tech reviews for the Center for Digital Storytelling. Mostly I’ll be covering recording hardware and software for digital storytellers. But their blog is really very good–The writing is generally strong, if…


An Audio Review of the Focusrite iTrack Solo Audio Interface for the iPad

This is just an audio version of a review of the Focusrite iTrack that I produced for the Center for Digital Storytelling. I’m just getting started with these tech reviews. I want to make sure to give a big shout-out to my good friend HARLEY FERRIS for producing the soundbeds at the beginning and end of the show! Production Notes… Microphone: Rode Procaster, via XLR into a Focusrite iTrack Solo,…


Reconsidering Jenkins’ Transmedia Storytelling

I first encountered the idea of “transmedia storytelling” in Henry Jenkins’ Convergence Culture. Using the phenomenon that was The Matrix trilogy of movies, he suggests that the film was marketed in a groundbreaking and particularly effective way: A transmedia story unfolds across multiple media platforms, with each new text making a distinctive and valuable contribution to the whole. In the ideal form of transmedia storytelling, each medium does what it…

The curious on-off switch.

Your First Microphone: A Review of the Audio-Technica ATR2100

(This review was originally published on Feb 13th on the Center for Digital Storytelling’s blog.) Between our voices and our digital stories, there is a microphone. It’s important to get it right. If you are  someone just getting your bearings as a digital storyteller, or someone who needs to buy several mics for a group of storytellers, you’ll certainly want to consider the Audio-Technica ATR2100. Not only does it sound…