I never actually thought about some of the terms that our computer and internet tech world uses, such as bugs, viruses, clouds, stream, etc. Perhaps this is because we as humans are innately close to nature, and can relate to it more. We can compare and contrast the happenings in computers with happenings in our own human bodies and the outside world. When we create terms for the internet and other technology, which is a huge unknown for many people in this world, we can easier understand certain aspects of the internet when we look at it in terms of an organic human being and everyday life.
It’s interesting to see and hear about how much scholars and average people are getting into “digital storytelling.” Stories get your mind thinking… The ideas that Bryan Alexander and Nicola Marae Allain bring up in their theories and studies are interesting. Stories are about important things, places, and people. Storytelling can be based on mystery in which there’s always an unknown. There are even ideas on what is not considered to be storytelling. Storytelling has changed a lot within the past several decades along with the improvement of technology. Digital storytelling evolves as technology evolves. This changes the way that we can deliver our messages and stories. Implementing “digital storytelling” into education can help students figure out who they are. Social media can be used to tell stories… one can create their own avatar over social networking sites or podcasts; they can use blogs-story grows when people tag or comment on it. There are so many choice when deciding how to make your story. You can limit your story to a sequence of images only, or a selected amount of words. Even gaming tells stories. These are only a few of the ideas that stood out to me during Bryan Alexander and Nicola Marae Allain’s MOOC talk.
“Digital storytelling” is something that many people partake in each day. We use our social media networks and other technologies to express ourselves on a daily basis. Even writing this very blog is a small part of “digital storytelling.” I am expressing my personal thoughts and opinions related to certain topics and how they relate to #metaliteracy. We can create things about ourselves or about ideas we are passionate about. Digital storytelling is now an idea that can be used for learning and education not only just to simply pass time. Once again, metaliteracy has to be tied into this because when making some sort of digital creation available to the public we have to know what is appropriate to post, give credit where it’s due, and disclaim our work when dealing with a wide audience.
Just about everyone these days can access the internet on a computer or any mobile device. With the growing popularity of social media networks and forums, many different audiences can find whatever they need and communicate to others with the same interests almost instantly. On such social media networks and forums, people can post their own ideas, communicate and have interactive conversations, or commen and respond on a given news topics or thoughts. The fact that it is very easy to participate in collaborative online activities and discussions and debates about news at almost anytime and any place is what I think of as one of the greatest pros to the “democratization of social media” is. However, the cons may be that not everyone can participate appropriately and may not take into account the types of online audiences they’re dealing with. This incorporates the importance of #metaliteracy. and the need to be accountable for resources and understand where and how to use it.
What is metaliteracy to me? Metaliteracy is the knowledge of being able to properly and appropriately use resources both online and in the physical world in an educational way. It is definitely in one’s favor to be metaliterate in aspects of academics and professional careers in which we work together to accomplish like goals. Especially in today’s technological world, we are connected to the world wide web, need to know how to use it to our advantage. I think that incorporating metaliteracy with MOOC (massive open online course) can be great thing since it promotes collaborating with others #metaliteracy