I speak with Alan Levine, an exceptional mind on the frontier of education and technology, one of the teachers behind DS106, the blogger behind cogdoblog.com, the photographer behind this delightful flickr feed, and a featured speaker at UAF's 2013 TechFest just last week. A great talk about creativity and the need to give students a sense of ownership in the Internet. Totally listen if you find the time (I know it's a tad longer than most of our podcasts, but it is worth it).
The Civil Rights Memorial Center and the Center for Digital Storytelling are working together to bridge the storytelling gap between generations in part of the "all together now storied sessions" project.
I spoke with Jeanetter Renaudineau, Instructional Designer at the University of Alaska Anchorage, about the upcoming event she and other designers at UAA, along with designers here at UAF, are putting on in April: Serious Fun, a gathering for educators and students who like, are curious about, or have plans to integrate gamification in the classroom. The event, like this 2-part episode, is divided in two: Anchorage will be having their half of Serious Fun on April 11th, and we at UAF will be having our half on April 14th. They are not the same event, and as such I will be speaking to Owen Guthrie, fellow Instructional Designer here at UAF eLearning, to talk about what we are going to do on the 14th. I think you should try to make both, if you can
Friggin' cool. Reminds me of the Google-Pixar chimera that came out just the other day on all the Moto X's...showed that one to my colleage, Jenn, and she was quick to say that it isn't AR, which she's right it isn't. I suppose I hadn't thought about that distinction, really. "Spatial Storytelling" is now another Google Alert in my collection.
I had never heard of the Texas Tribune, or followed its development to what it is right now (looks like a strong news source). I'm very curious about the CMS they developed, Armstrong. I will be checking that out for sure.
“Fast, hungry, and loosely edited” doesn't cut it anymore.
While I disagree with his opinion of why the internet is generating more "polished" journalism these days, and do not consider "Snow Fall" the first evidence of that, either (much to the contrary), I do think he is recognizing an important trend in online reporting. That is: It is simply easier than it has ever been to make a polished piece, complete with visual/aural/interactive media. Type setting for a newspaper run was arduous and skill-intensive work next to formatting a blog post through Wordpress, and that gap continues to grow. "Snow Fall" is an example of the old model trying to compete with the inevitable: An expensive, team intensive, organizationally backed article that nonetheless accomplished very little of substance more than what a single good blogger with satisfactory transmedia fluency could accomplish on his/her own. Was "Snowfall" beautiful and well done? Yes. Is it where journalism is headed? I'm skeptical.