“Understanding and Creating Digital Texts” (Part 1 of 2)

We were assigned to read just chapters 7 & 8 (pages 135-190) and chapter 7 is the focus of this post.

The preface states: “As was the case with the printing press and the typewriter, the uses of digital tools are transforming literacy learning and instruction in ways that redefine … [our traditional] print-based literacy curriculum and instruction. Rather than simply substituting a digital tool for a print-based tool, such transformation involves augmentation … and redefinition of curriculum.” (xi)  The book aims to explain that digital tools will transform learning rather than stand as a merely tacked-on component of it. Read More

“Understanding and Creating Digital Texts” (Part 2 of 2)

We were assigned to read only chapters 7 & 8 (pages 135-190) for our class.  Chapter 8 is the focus of this post.


While the previous chapter was about the co-construction of collaboration, chapter 8 focused on the 3 multimodal components: video, audio, and images. The three are so interwoven that they can’t be discussed separately. (163) I disagree, because I think they are quite unique and that one can easily be used without the other two. Because texts are multimodal, we now show versus tell which is why we must focus on design. (163) Read More


We were supposed to read just the first chapter titled, “Wikinomics,” but I wanted to read everything preceding it so I could comment as I read from the start of the book.

PREFACE: The authors started right off the bat getting the reader’s attention and making the point they drive home in every paragraph. Clearly they want you to know that YOU matter. In fact, the first edition of this book came out in 2006 the same week that Time magazine chose “You,” the global online collaborator, as its “Person of the Year.” Although I personally was not on Facebook until 2008, apparently most college students used Facebook in 2006 along with the now-irrelevant MySpace phenomenon. In fact, the whole idea of “social networking” and “user-generated media” is just a small slice of the proverbial pie which this book tries to browbeat you into grasping that indeed, this is the present and the future and to be successful and viable in this new tech world, you must change with the times. The old guard just won’t cut it anymore and will actually hinder one’s progress and profit. The original text, the authors, proudly state, had a huge impact, such as in the way that “wikinomics” has become a bonafide word quite popular in the vernacular. Moreover, it’s used by those in all realms of popular culture from business to religious to politics and so forth.

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“Making Documentary Films and Videos…” by Barry Hampe

For class we were assigned this book, but only chapters 2-6. The reason for reading this book was for our short documentary, the second of three class projects. I mention this because Hempe’s book really helped me as I made my first documentary. After this first taste of making a movie of my own, I am inspired to continue making movies and this book will stay with me as a useful reference tool as to the basics of what to do and not do.


Hampe, Barry. Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries. New York: H. Holt, 2007. 37-346. Print.