On the ICC Workshop

I went to the ICC workshops on Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-2 both days. Let me start off by saying that I really enjoy working with children, and getting the chance to help them develop creatively was just amazing. I was able to spend a few moments with several different third grade children and help them with Kerpoof. There was one student that I helped with the end project of her story. At first she just wanted me to watch and listen to her story, which I did happily. At one point she couldn’t figure out why one of her text boxes weren’t working. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite know how to fix it, but I was able to quickly figure it out and fix it with her. Then she didn’t know what to name it. We brainstormed for a few moments, and I asked her what if she named it after the lyrics she had just put into her story minutes ago. She immediately brightened up and quickly typed out the words and saved her story. 

It was great being able to help someone finish a story and see them be proud of their work like that. It’s something that I hope to do when I finally have my own classroom full of students. Granted they’ll high school students and not third graders, but I’m sure some of them will still have the maturity of a third grader.

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“Digital literacy…has the potential to give birth to new forms of readings that, while reminiscent of earlier practices, are also likely to produce new forms of creativity at the expense of some of the older ones. The book as an object is not likely to disappear anytime soon, but it is also clear that it is no longer the sole or even the primary object for the production of knowledge and its exchange and transmission.”

Milad Doueihi, Digital Cultures

Art is Art is Art

“Does a work of [digital] art require the presence of an audience to exist as art?”

All of my artwork hangs in my room and does not leave. I typically do not share my artwork unless I am feeling particularly good about it, and even then I usually decide not to. Therefore does my art not exist as art? Even though I can clearly see it on the wall above my bed? I believe that art exists no matter what. It does not matter the audience or even lack there of. Even digital art will exist. After all isn’t it said that once you put something on the internet it stays there forever?

“Are published words [even on blogs or wikis] unreliable sources of the truth, seeing as we can’t speak face to face with the author to clarify questions or to confirm his/her authority on the subject?”

Well if you want to go this route, anything can be seen as untrue; it doesn’t matter what or who the source is. It has always been difficult to look at something and then interpret that something and then get shot down by someone else who interpreted something else about that something. The most obvious and common example of this is in any English class ever. You’ll read a book and then the teacher will tell you exactly what the author meant and how they meant it even though they’ve never come face to face with the author to actually ask them “Did you make your name your main character Anne because of the Faschist movement in the mid-twentieth century in Europe?” There is no way of actually knowing what someone meant unless you sit down with the author and directly ask them. This is something I’m going to have to deal with when I teach English. I have no doubt that my students will question my every explanation.