Lifelong Learning, teaching writing & storytelling

Why is telling a story important?

Originally written in June of 2012 A response to Have, Pahl, and Roswell and the importance of digital storytelling for our students ... I found every word of Haven’s chapter to be important and applicable to my work as an English teacher. Many of the references to research and the ideas expressed simply reaffirmed my… Continue reading Why is telling a story important?

Lifelong Learning, teaching writing & storytelling

Story Core: Analysis & Application for Education

At the heart of all storytelling and writing is a story core, but how can the concept of a story core improve the quality of education?  Analysis Ohler (2008) introduces the concept of a story core as a “vastly simplified version of the hero’s journey” (p. 72). He identifies the three major components of a… Continue reading Story Core: Analysis & Application for Education

ed tech in practice, teaching writing & storytelling

Pine Crest Summer Institute Presentation, June 23-24

Sharing Comes Full Circle Blogging is not a new fad-like hobby anymore. Blogging is not MySpace, or Instagram, or any other passing phase. One can aspire to “be” a blogger as a professional career. For our students, who have both feet planted firmly on the “this is life” side of the digital divide, blogging is… Continue reading Pine Crest Summer Institute Presentation, June 23-24

ed tech in practice, teaching writing & storytelling

Digital Storytelling: Love it!

I created the above video for my Digital Storytelling class at the University of Florida this summer. The purpose of this video is obvious, I hope: I will be teaching creative writing and dramatic writing (two separate courses) in my new teaching position for 2012-2013. One of the foundations for the writing courses, as I… Continue reading Digital Storytelling: Love it!