Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Library 2.0 Smackdown

Friday, May 1, 2009

Betty Tathom

Author--Betty Tathom

-Does a lot of school visits and will help with the grant if writing a grant for an author visit
(*ordered Penguin Chick, How Animals Shed Their Skin, Baby Sea Otter from Follett)

Fiction Writing Workshop
-kids in pairs to write a story and share in readers theater-style

Penguin Day/Writing Workshops
-all students dressed in black and white

Interesting fact of the day: Some frogs were never tadpoles:

Research Fuels the Author's Fire

PSLA--Penn State University
Since I skipped the first session (to prep for my session) and spoke at the second session (7:30-9:45 last night!), I'm in my first "real" session with Sharon McElmeel--author and librarian. She writes a monthly column for Library Sparks and Picture That. Authors in the Kitchen (recipes/illustrations from many authors and illustrators)
The session didn't live up to my expectations, but my sketchy notes are below...
-primary vs. secondary sources
-Finding out what we know and using what we know are different.

Author List
-Carol Gorman (Sumptown Kid) (Games)

Art Pennington--Negro League baseball player (With: We Are the Ship)

"I learn much more than I could ever use in my stories. I think all that I have learned helps me choose and shape what will eventually be in the story." --author of Snowflake Bently
(Just what students need to do when using the Internet for research...or just about anything really.)

Chicken Joy on Redbean Farm

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jason Ohler--DEN LC "Private" Training

How-To Site:

--Music can change the meaning of a clip

Story mapping instead of a storyboard--Stay away from linear storylines
1. Engage the story
2. Problem
3. Tension
4. Resolution
5. End-Moral

Be aware of conscious objects of desire and unconscious objects of desire

"Mountains"--Ups and downs of a story (24 example) that create tension in the story
*See Ken Adams map for lesson starter..."because of that..."

Media Development Process
media planning-story map (use power point) (1 page/16 font=2 min of speech)
pre-production-media list/gather raw media components
post production

Personal Museum--look around to determine what makes a good story
*A good first step is to use something personal, then make the leap to academic topics

Suggestions for assessment:

Students should tell about something they still think about

Jason Ohler--PETEC Pre-Conference Event

Dr. Jason Ohler, digital storytelling extraordinaire, was the Keynote speaker at the Discovery pre-conference event at the Hershey Lodge. He began by asking us what we would consider to be so outrageous right now that could be true in 10 years. Students should use their "Screasels" (screens+easels) are where students go to "paint."

Literacy: comsuming and producing media forms. Students should bea ble to write whatever they read. They should create what they want to consume/thoughtful and creative media.

Literacy is changing. Web 3.0=Read/Write/Paint/Think Rather than coding the web as a lot of text statements, the web will be tagged and a search will bring a "media report." It makes all of this information intelligable for machines.

9 Digital Literacy Action Guidelins
1. Shift from text to media
2. Value writing more than ever
3. Adopt art as 4th R---Art as a literacy
4. Follow DAOW (Digital Art Oral Written) of literacy
5. Attitude is the aptitude
6. Practice private and social literacy
7. Develop literacy about digital tools--learn how media persuades
8. Fluency, not just literacy--Understands what tools can do and can use/lead with that (doesn't have to be the best techie)
9. Harness both report and story...embrace the story! Students want a story

*Story first...Tech second*

Assessment must include the writing/research/reflection as well as the final product.

Story core includes Problem(tension), Transformation (growth), Solution (resolution)--Focus on how the character is different at the end of the story

8 Levels of growth/change
1. Physical--realizing how to do something
2. Inner strength---courage, potential
3. Emotional-maturity
4. Moral
5. Psycological
6. Social--responsibility
7. Intellectual-problem solving
8. Spiritual--awakening

Report-story=problem, visual, audio, collaborative effort, animation