Week 6: Digital Story Critique

These week I chose to explore TeachingChannel.org  for a video to critique. I specifically searched for videos that discuss deeper learning and collaboration because of this week’s Lankshear and Knobel reading. I landed on a video titled Deepening Text Analysis Through Student Talk. (For some reason the Embed Code wasn’t working)

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Based on Lankshear and Knobel’s appendix in Ch4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing I found the following:

  • What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

There is the opportunity for a lot of involvement/oppotunity for involvement in this video. I assume that TeachingChannel produced the video, but the teacher Ms. Nguyen also seems to be a creator of the video, and she is clearly the creator of the lesson. The students are all extremely involved in the video throughout as well. The audience also has opportunity to become involved by sharing the video, or commenting on the video. The audience is also able to download supplemental PDFs, or answer the guide questions on the right hand side of the video. Overall, there are many types of involvement in this story.

  • How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

I believe that having the PDFs available for download, including a transcript of the video is one type of literacy dimension present in this story. There is also the video editing that took place to make the video appear professional. The video also includes helpful text, like the common core standards discussed, in order to add more depth to the story. Finally the switch between the one-on-one interview with the teacher, and the footage of the classroom discussions demonstrate further literacy dimensions.

  • What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

This story comes to life in a number of ways. First the video is available on the TeachingChannel website, along with their YouTube site.  There is also the opportunity to “like” the video with the use of the Facebook like button above the video. Along with the like option the audience is also given the ability to share the video via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or embedding. The comments section along with the guide section help to bring the story to life as well.

  • Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

I really don’t know what I would change. The video was informative, engaging, interesting, and helpful. I was specifically impressed by the lesson itself and don’t really think I would change anything. Clearly a lot of hard work and thought went into both the lesson and the video.



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