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I’ve Been Thinking

My Big Idea on How to Become a Better Teacher

In my Research in Learning Design and Technology course the professor asked that I examine two or more big ideas that could become part of a framework for my professional role and problems of practice I might encounter at work. 

The Value of CARP in My Design Work

The four principles of CARP: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity Contrast—If two things are not the same make them really different Contrast means difference, and although difference sounds quite simple it is crucially important to the way we notice things. Humans scan a scene looking […]

Digital Story Assignment: My Food Revolution

This is a digital story which I produced for my Learning With Digital Stories course at CU Denver. I used ScreenFlow to produce it and hosted in on Vimeo. It is not connected to my focal theme for the class which was using digital storytelling […]

My Response to: “The Intelligence of Emotions: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How Storytelling Rewires US and Why Befriending Our Neediness Is Essential for Happiness”

This week I couldn’t resist focusing on emotions and truth. These two issues boiled to the surface due to the recent heated debates concerning fake news, whatever that means, and the harm which is done by those producing it; that is those who sacrifice the […]

Digital Story Response No. 11: “Ghost Dance”

While searching the StoryCenter’s YouTube channel for recently uploaded digital stories I encountered “Ghost Dance.” Early into watching Tommy Orange’s digital story, I connected it with Dee Brown’s (1971) seminal book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West”  which […]

Response to Chapter 5: “Seven Steps Of Digital Storytelling”

I enjoyed reading this piece by Lambert (2012) and learned a good bit from it. In this course, I have been viewing and responding to digital stories. I have also been researching what can be learned through digital storytelling. And through my journey, I have […]

Digital Story Response No 10: “The Story of My Story”

Today, I’m responding to K’s digital story “The Story of my Story” and this feels right, as today is the day after the US presidential election. I stumbled across this story some weeks ago but at the time I felt its message was too serious […]

A Day in the Life in the Future: Adult Learning in 2046

A short alternative media item that I produced using Plotagon. This was an assignment for my Producing Media for Learning Course at the University of Colorado Denver.    

My Response to “The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind”

This week I turned my attention towards philosophy and the issue of focusing the mind and improving one’s sustained attention. Due to my refocusing, I critiqued and wrote a response to the digital story “Eastern Philosophy: Wu Wei” which I

Digital Story Response No 9: “Eastern Philosophy: Wu Wei”

The digital story “Eastern Philosophy: Wu Wei” is hosted the on School of Life’s YouTube channel. I first encountered this channel when I was attempting to decipher the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche for an undergraduate philosophy course. The School of Life produces short videos wherein […]

Response to Chapter 3: “The Evolution of the Digital Storytelling Practice”

I enjoyed reading Joe Lambert’s piece describing the evolution of digital storytelling. Part of my enjoyment arose from an important connection between Lambert’s piece and the digital story that I critiqued this week. The digital story was “What If Money Was No Object?” which was […]

Assignment Bank Visual W10: Your love for your pet

The assignment, Visual 1729: Make a collage out of photos of your pet (or your favorite animal)! Either take past photos or take photos throughout the week that show how cute or how funny they can be! Well, although some may refer to these two […]

Digital Story Response No. 8: “What if Money Was No Object?”

Alan Watts was a very influential British intellectual, philosopher, writer, and speaker of the twentieth-century. Watts spent much of his adult life living and teaching in the United States. He wrote much on Eastern philosophy and worked to put it into terms that his Western […]

Mobile Media Project: Three Steps to Meditation

View on FlowVella – Presentation Software for iPad and Mac

Learning With Digital Stories Robert’s Mid-Point Gallery Walk

View on FlowVella – Presentation Software for Mac iPad and iPhone

Mobile Mayhem: Funny Hangul Study

I live in an older neighborhood in Uijongbu-Shi, Republic of Korea (ROK) primarily populated with senior citizens. I relocated to the ROK in August of this year with my wife Hyejin who is a citizen of the Korea. We previously spent seventeen years living in […]

My Response to “At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media”

This week I critiqued and wrote a response to the digital stories “Nanna’s House” and “Grandma’s Roof.” These digital stories were produced by two seventh-graders, Abigail and Victoria. The girls composed poems about their visits to their grandmothers’ homes and then read their poetry as […]

Digital Story Response No. 7: “Nanna’s House” and “Grandma’s Roof”

Poetry, written and performed by 7th graders is used to narrate these digital stories. This one digital story actually contains two which are packaged serially and labeled “7th Grade Poetry.” This film is a fine example of collaboration and creative cooperation, as even the transcript […]

Assignment Bank Video: When It’s Cold Outside in Uijongbu

This is a video assignment for my Learning With Digital Stories course. I was required to produce I short video where I describe what I do when it’s cold outside. I live in a cozy little apartment in the pictured building.

Digital Story Response No. 6: “The Bookmobile”

As they say, I’m a sucker for happy endings” and I also love books. Therefore a digital story that includes both books and a happy ending is irresistible to me, and this rich story includes both. The Bookmobile begins by describing that the narrator, Storm […]

Response to Chapter 7: “Social learning”

I argue that some topics, even those which are seemingly innocuous, are better suited to abstract discussions than large collaborative projects. In these cases, the educator can offer both sides of an argument and then encourage an open discussion of it, and perhaps, a later […]

Digital Story Response No. 5: “Josef”

In my search for a digital story for this week’s critique, I finally realized that digital storytelling has become an important outlet for people who feel the need to share their pain. I encountered so many tragic stories of violence, including war, child abuse, sexual […]

Digital Safety Daily Create: Warning, future of the web.

Soon, web pages may be plastered with advertising like this building.

My Response to “The Use of Digital Storytelling for English Learning”

“We must teach communication comprehensively in all its forms. Today we work with the written or spoken word as the primary form of communication. But we all need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some […]

Assignment Bank Audio: Do You Hear What I Hear, Walking In Uijongbu Korea

Do You hear What I hear?  Was an audio assignment for my CU Denver Learning With Digital Stories Course. The assignment details: Record glimpses of the different sounds you hear throughout the day, whether it be busy street noises, people talking, birds chirping, etc. and […]

Digital Story Response No. 4: “Nowhere Anyhow”

This short digital story is artfully crafted and presents a girl’s history that must be told over, and over again until we finally hear it and correct the culture which permits it. A culture that all too often strips away a young female’s self-worth and […]

Response to Chapter 2: “Music remix in the classroom” and Chapter 3: “DIY podcasting in education”

With this topic, I’m certainly feeling my age as well as revealing my tastes in music and limited knowledge of pop culture. I’m afraid the remix culture, at least as it exists today, has left me in the dust.  Although I do watch many videos, […]

A Color Red Podcast

The following podcast was an assignment for my Producing Media for Learning Course and was: Record a 5-10 minute podcast on “a color,” not color, but “a color.” Well, that’s vague and abstract, and me, I’m not very artistic. When I think of this I’m […]

My Response to “Using Digital Storytelling to Support EFL Learning in China”

One of my principal concerns with teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Korea is the learner’s “affective filter.” Lightbrown & Spada (2013) write the following description of the affective filter hypothesis: Krashen’s affective filter hypothesis is proposed to account for the fact that […]

Digital Story Response No. 3: “Rites of Passage”

The digital story “Rites of Passage” compares and contrasts the educational experience of the storyteller, Nikiko Masumoto, with the educational experience of her Japanese-American grandmother during WWII. This story made me acutely aware of the fact that for digital stories to truly appeal to me […]

Daily Create: Twelve Photos of 10,000 Won Korean Bank Notes

I couldn’t resist sharing this photograph of twelve 10,000 won bank notes for today’s Daily Create, #tdc1709. I have read a good bit about King Sejong the Great and I’m now learning the writing system he created, Hangeul. It is a very logical system and […]

A Neighborhood Shortcut in Uijongbu-Shi, ROK

I take this shortcut several times a day which is just a few steps from my door in Uijongbu-Shi, ROK. My wife suggested that it would make a nice nighttime shot, and I agree. I realized after shooting it that it was not the assigned Daily […]

Response to Chapter 4: “Visual networks: Learning and Photosharing”

  I was immediately struck by how openminded Guy Merchant was concerning graffiti in his neighborhood. I, like many, have often viewed graffiti as a form of art, and yet art that is defacing the property of others. Although I strive to be openminded I […]

Digital Story Response No. 2: “My Iligan”

While searching for a digital story to critique for this week’s assignment I, fortunately, stumbled upon the prize-winning story “My Iligan” produced by Arkay Timonera of the Philippines. Timonera was awarded first prize in the 2009 My Iligan digital storytelling contest held in Mindanao, Philippines. […]

Visual Assignment for Week 3: Room Tour

My wife and I recently moved into this cozy little two bedroom apartment in Uijongbu-Shi, ROK. We arrived two weeks before the Fall 2016 semester commenced, so we furnished the space quickly. The computer and its monitor traveled with me as checked baggage. The day […]

Digital Story Response No. 1: “Ethnolinguistic Profile”

I chose to critique the digital story “Ethnolinguistic Profile: Self-study of a Multilingual Person” as it was attached to the scholarly article that I responded to this week, which was “Digital Storytelling: Using Different Technologies for EFL.”  Christiansen and Koelzer (2016) included it as an […]

My Response to “Digital Storytelling: Using Different Technologies for EFL”

One of the main reasons I recently relocated to Uijongbu-Shi, Republic of Korea (ROK) was to teach. My focus will be on teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and I plan to take advantage of available technology, to better my teaching, and to improve […]

Bike Shop in Uijongbu-Shi, Korea

This bike shop is just a short walk from our apartment and I’ve noticed that it is a bit of a gathering place for some neighborhood gentlemen. There is a bike trail which snakes along a river that runs just past where the other fellow […]

Response to Chapter 1: “Sampling ‘The New’ in New Literacies” by Lankshear & Knobel

The sociocultural aspects of “new literacies” described in this chapter immediately grabbed my attention and caused me to reflect on an experience I had last semester. In my online Games and Learning course, the readings were posted online and two students were asked to read […]

Family Portrait DC1, Daily Create #tdc1693

My wife and I recently relocated to the Republic of Korea from the Big Island of Hawaii. I lived in Korea for most of the nineties but have not visited since we moved back to the U.S.A. in 1999. Therefore, I have not seen my […]

Robert’s Games and Learning Experience

  I wrote early in this course that I have little interest, actually no interest in playing games. And this course has not increased my desire to play games, nor did I expect it to. This was not my reason for attending this course, nor […]

Graphite and Me Cycle 6

“I hate everything that merely instructs me without augmenting or directly invigorating my activity.”   – Goethe Although I personally try to avoid the word hate I do wholeheartedly agree with the overall sentiment of what Goethe was communicating. So, permit me to share the fact […]

Second Language Leaning in MMOs Cycle 6

Interest driven learning in higher education is a new concept to me and it took some time this semester to truly understand what it meant. At some point in the semester, I was actually engaged in it before I fully comprehend how valuable it is […]

Play Journal Cycle 6: Failed Play

I strayed from board gameplay this cycle and instead opted for a Korean card game, which is most often called Go-Stop, in the west. The game originated in Japan where it was introduced in hopes of reducing gambling. And yet, Koreans routinely gamble when playing […]

Games and Learning Reflection No. 2

My participation in course activities this month greatly contributed to my understanding of games and learning. My focus is on videogames, although I understand and appreciate that this course includes many types of games and play. Previously, I had understood games as either games for […]

Videogames Designed for Acquiring New Languages Cycle 5

My continuing quest to find creative ways to support language learning through the use of technology has lead me to the language learning game Influent, which was previously named SanjigenJiten, as a working title. Influent was developed under the Monbukagakusho Research Scholarship at the University […]

Graphite and Me Cycle 5

In my previous blog post concerning my experience with Graphite, I wrote that I would purchase and download the Language learning game Influent and review it for this cycle’s post. Well, that has been delayed but for very good reasons. After reading more reviews of […]

Off-the-Shelf Adventure Videogames and Foreign Language Learning Cycle 4

  I am preparing to teach English in Asia and, therefore, have an interest in digital devices that can support students in their English language acquisition. Because I will be primarily teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) where most students will not be afforded […]

Graphite and Me Cycle 4

In my previous affinity space blog entry, I wrote that I would become more familiar with the site and experience some of the interesting games and products that I saved to my Graphite board, which is located on my personal desk space. And so I […]

Play Journal Cycle 4

The board game that I played for Cycle 4 is a traditional Korean board game called Yut Nori. Nori is actually the Romanized Korean word for game, therefore, this game is usually just referred to as Yut, which is pronounced yoot. My wife, Hye-Jin, purchased […]

The Perfect Team

Due to the difficulties I have experienced with group work both professionally and in academia the in-depth article “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team” seized me and just refused to turn me loose. It was written by Charles Duhigg and […]

Games and Learning Reflection No. 1

I do indeed have many curiosities concerning “games and learning” which may help explain why I am attending this course. I certainly did not take it in order to satiate my desire for gaming, as I don’t have a desire to play games. I realize […]

Graphite and Me

I am blogging about Common Sense Media’s Graphite affinity space to fulfill a requirement for an online “Games and Learning” course I am attending at the University of Colorado Denver. By joining this online community, I hope to come to a better understanding of the […]

Game Literacy for Boomers

I had difficulty finding a piece that I wanted to share for Cycle 2. I am still attempting to clear away my absolute ignorance about games and learning and it is therefore quite challenging for me to ferret out a piece that may both help […]

Situated Language Learning

One of the assigned readings for an online education course I am attending is a book titled “Situated Language and Learning” and was written by James Paul Gee (2004). Gee is a faculty affiliate of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of […]

Internet Privacy

I was recently asked to respond to the following questions for one of my online classes in eLearning. Oh yeah, my base camp site is this very site! As you think about your own base camp site, and your work with learners in networked learning […]

The Need for a Tribe

One of the readings for an education course I am attending is titled ‘How to Build Your Tribe—Finding ‘Your People’ ” and was written by Marelisa Fabrega. Fabrega is concerned with our human need to be part of a group. She writes that “Noted psychologist, […]

College of Education at the University of Hawaii

My Post titled “Redesigning Universities” is a fine example of a Canadian success story. The link below demonstrates how we, south and a bit west of the Canadian border are throwing words and theories at this issue, but failing miserably. The link leads to a […]

Redesigning Universities

I’m not a great fan of Ted talks, but occasionally one is recommended to me that just resonates, and this is certainly one of those. This is a “hot topic” for me, as I am very concerned with creative ways to improve higher ed, and […]

I Dig Diigo

As part of an assignment in my Social Media class I was required to try a new tool, resource, or community that I was curious about. The professor listed a few sites and I settled on Diigo. I actually tried a few of the sites […]

Laughter as a Disciplinary Offense

I read the following passage in a summary of Daniel H. Pink’s book, A Whole Mind, under the subheading Play: “Why is Dr. Madan Kataria laughing? … Kataria a physician from Mumbai, India likes to laugh. A lot. In fact, he believes the laughter can […]

Noam Chomsky Surprises Me Concerning Persuasion

I recently ran across the following quote from Noam Chomsky and I must admit that it surprised me. I always took it for granted that a thinker and activist like Chomsky was always out to persuade others. This short passage really made me stop and […]