Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hopes and Dreams for Learning

I hope to leave this class with confidence in digital writing. Mostly, at this point, I think of how I would use it in my personal life, but know that it could benefit my class of first and second graders as well. I would like to develop a greater understanding of tools that would be simplistic enough for first and second graders, yet complex enough that they would be challenged while using them. What instantly comes to mind is a digital story tool that my kids could use to tell their creative stories. At this point I would not know where to start. I found an online resource for great lesson plan/units of study for digital storytelling. Although I have just skimmed through it, it seems to have great ideas for teaching students about digital storytelling. The site does not specify a grade level, but a teacher could pick and choose and change what they needed to in order to suit their grade level.

Lesson Plans for Digital Storytelling

As a writer, I would like to create a family blog that chronicles the life changing experience that I am going through in the journey of being a mother. It seems like each day in my son's life brings momentous experiences that I want to capture and share with family and friends. Creating a family blog would allow me to tell those stories through my eyes and share them with the people that mean the most to us. It will also work as a gift for my son that he can read as he gets older. (Assuming it is still available.)

I look forward to this class and am excited about the personal learning I will have.


  1. Kristin,

    I definitely agree! I think I'll do a personal blog about my experience first being pregnant and then having a child. My family lives in Madison and my husband's family is in DC so we don't see each other as often as we'd like. My mom is already asking for pictures of my belly...though I'm not sure I want to put that online! :)

    It will also be nice to have something to go back and look at. I've never really been a journal person but I might be able to get into this.

  2. Hi Kristin. Your idea to start a family blog sounds wonderful and could work as your digital writing project if you wanted.

    I do the same myself. The blog serves as a wonderful way to share daily events, images and video with other family, such as grandparents, that you don't often see. I've shared a link to my family blog in case you'd like to check it out for ideas. I have examples to others as well, if interested.

    I look forward to seeing what you develop.

  3. I think it's interesting how we, as primary teachers, have many of the same ideas...I would also love to do digital storytelling! I'm not sure what we use, but I would be interested in learning how.

    We can compare notes on our family blogs, too. I'll let you know when I begin!


  4. Hi, Kristen-

    It's so fitting that you've created your own digital Responsive Classroom "Hopes and Dreams" post!

    I think that everyone in our early primary group seems really concerned about constructing digital experiences that are real, useful, and appropriate for our students, which is a more-than-mildly-daunting task...

    I think that Kim said it well last week, when she idealized digital writing as a natural part of the curriculum, and not an "add-on". I will be certain to check out the site you recommended.