Digital Storytelling Final Portfolio by CTimblin

Learning the Importance of Digital Storytelling in Education Through Finding My Voice, Exploring New Theories and Being Creative.

  1. How and why is it important for me to tell stories?
  2. We live in turbulent times where our political system is disconcerting and the oppressed and disadvantaged are suffering. This is the summer of outrageousness on the political stage and injustice in the streets. More than ever we need to teach the young how to use their voice to tell their stories. Not just individual stories but stories of the collective and the overlooked. I need to tell my stories as an example, as a learning process and ultimately to teach those that need their voice to be heard. Through this class, I have learned that digital stories can reach far and wide through social media, giving more power than ever to the individual and the people. In the larger picture, storytelling is cultural development, learning through interest and need, the change needed in education and the cultivation of relationships.
  3. In the smaller picture, I used digital storytelling to examine work-life balance, which was my focal theme during this course. As a former teacher/stay-at-home-mom/grad student, I am seeking employment and wondering how to juggle everything in my life. Digital storytelling helped me process, analyze and create material around this theme, allowing for deeper understanding and connection with others on this topic. I feel gratitude that I have been able to learn about this multimodal means of expression and learning that I can share with the world.
  4. DS106 is a website and course that started at The University of Mary Washington which this course, ILT5340 at The Univerity of Colorado, Denver, is affiliated with and resourced. ILT5340, with DS106, is comprised of the components of Assignment Bank creations and Daily Creates which are shared on social media.
  5. DS106 Assignment Bank Entries
  6. The following assignments are extremely visual, which is my strength and preference. I explored a variety of new applications and software during the creation of these few assignments, and others, which can be found on my blog. Creating these stories clarified my ideas about the need for enjoying life with a hectic schedule and how work-life balance is necessary in order to thrive.
  7. This motivational poster is from the DS106 Visual Assignment Bank. I got this idea by thinking about what was making my perception of going back to work and juggling life, work, and family so difficult. I realized that woman in leadership roles in the workforce who are not proponents of a healthy work-life balance are very un-motivational. The story in my creation presents this idea visually.
  8. My warning poster from the DS106 Visual Assignment Bank tells the story of being overwhelmed with life and work and the emotional consequences that occur because of it. I liked the juxtaposition of the simplicity of the assignment and product versus the complexity of the messages of the poster. This story was a nice way of sharing my feeling about work-life balance which hopefully others could relate.
  9. This movie poster mashup was a bit risky for me. I was not sure I could pull off the Photoshop element but decided to try anyway. In reflection, I like that my creation is not perfect and that I now know I need to work on these skills. The message is significant, though, as teachers we are expected to give our lives, all of out time and hearts to our profession. But what if the expectation was that we could make a difference with students within regular business hours? This is a story that needs to be expressed and shared in order to change unrealistic ideals.
  10. The Compilation DS106 Video Assignment is a representation of pure fun. Part of work-life balance needs to be enjoying the life you are working so hard to create. The lesson of this story is to take the time to appreciate the play and wonder. I enjoyed the practice in video compiling and editing in this assignment.

  11. Digital Story Critiques
  12. At the beginning of this course, I had a hard time understanding what, where and how to find an appropriate digital story to critique given my new definition of digital storytelling. Since my understanding of digital storytelling expanded to include multi-module projects and a variety of media, I began looking into diverse online sources. By the end of this course, critiquing digital stories became one of my favorite aspects of this class. Through these story critiques, I learned about other people's definition of work-life balance and other aspects of life, children, the internet, cell phones, etc., that can influence the way we organize our time.
  13. "What is Work-life Balance? A critique! is a video created by Kevin Lau analyzing why and how people want equilibrium in their lives between work and life. It is an enjoyable story with an important life lesson.
  14. This Tedx talk discusses women in the workplace and how identity can influence work-life balance. Her presentation is compelling, sincere and filmed well. The story is one of research and advocation for women.
  15. Eric Pinkersgill's photography exhibit "Removed" was the favorite story that I critiqued this summer. After reading an article in this course about cell phones influence on solitude I began to wonder how cell phones and connection to the internet influenced our work-life balance. These photographs show this influence and disruption in our lives, as well as the disassociation of connection to each other and our surroundings. This is an important story to share for our well-being.
  16. Rosie the Riveter Mom was an image I had found on a blog about mothers returning to work after staying home with children. I wanted to critique this single image story because I could relate to the representation of a hardworking mother and to encourage the idea that woman can be strong in whatever roles they choose.
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