The networked student

Linda Lyle, an instructional services specialist where I work, sent me a link to the following video by Wendy Drexler. It is a wonderful multimedia presentation illustrating the definition of a networked student. What I really like about it is the fact that it uses very simple “technology” to accomplish the sophisticated lesson. I believe that making effective use of technology is less about understanding how to use complicated features of presentation software, but rather communicating your idea clearly using the tools you have. Nice job Wendy.

A datapoint’s reflection on democracy

I am a data point. What do I mean by that? I am one point of view in a democracy; one voice. I am a citizen. As one point, of a million points, it may not seem like that gives me much power. Quite the contrary. My solitary effort combined with the efforts of my fellow citizens (other data points)  produce some amazing results.

Tonight, I watched the first African-American (my candidate) be elected to the office of President of the United States. As the video above illustrates, my part in this process was  humble. A few phone calls, some discussions, early voting, lots of thinking motivated by unrest, and civic participation in community action like Video the Vote. It’s pretty amazing what a data point can do.

The Citizen Media Law Project

Citizen Media Law Project: Legal Resources for Citizen Journalists

During my work with Video the vote, http://www.videothevote.org, I was introduced to the Citizen Media Law Project. As the Program Coordinator for the Multimedia Design Concentration at Nashville State Community College, I believe that new media literacy will be a cornerstone in our active citizenship. The Citizen Media Law Project is a valuable resource as we begin documenting our lives and experiences. It is important to know what you can, and can’t legally capture with our video devices.