Collecting and finding resources on my topic was a bit more overwhelming than I thought it would be. I started by looking through the course readings/links, moved on to the UBC library, and then the infamous Google. I very quickly had numerous tabs open with potential journal articles, blog posts, videos, and reports centered on my keywords. I started getting myself confused as to where I was even going with my research! However, after browsing through different sites, articles, and posts, I decided to pause and revisit what I was trying to learn. Ultimately, I wanted to find out ways to use technology to improve and motivate students’ literacy skills. Thus, I tried to narrow my data collection to more specific ways of doing this (i.e. what programs and pedagogical practices would directly improve students’ motivation and traditional literacy (i.e. reading and writing). I tried finding selections that were useful, easy to apply to my teaching (as in read, experiment, apply), and with a solid basis (i.e. directly linked to student learning and based on methods used in classrooms). Even though I narrowed down my selection to a more specific topic, I still had a ton of options to choose from. At first I thought about focusing in on one specific area (i.e. digital storytelling), but then I realized that I would rather have more teaching strategies/ideas to implement than a number of articles all on the same specific topic/strategy. With that in mind, I narrowed down my list to five selections (well, technically 6+). Because I wanted to experiment with technology (and since using technology with literacy is my whole inquiry project at the moment), I decided to try use Prezi (a new-to-me program) to summarize my selections. Enjoy!
Collection List (details and descriptions are in my Prezi Presentation).
Carman, Patrick. (2011). Read Behind the Lines: Transmedia has changed the very notion of books and reading. School Library Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.patrickcarman.com/2011/11/read-beyond-the-lines-transmedia-has-changed-the-very-notion-of-books-and-reading-school-library-journal/
Carman, Patrick. (2011). TEDxNYED. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-hrBYvv5UU&feature=player_embedded
Fleming, Laura. (2013). Expanding Learning Opportunities with Transmedia Practices: Inanimate Alice as an Exemplar. The National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Journal of Media Literacy Education. 5(2), 370-377. Retrieved from: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1124&context=jmle
Holland, Beth. (2013). Projects to Engage Middle School Readers. Retrieved from: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/projects-engage-middle-school-readers-beth-holland
Morgan, Hani. (2013). Multimodal Children’s E-Books Help Young Learners in Reading. Early Childhood Education Journal. 41, 477-483. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/article/10.1007/s10643-013-0575-8/fulltext.html.
Yuan, Ting, and Lauren Bakian-Aaker. (2015). Classroom Digital Storytelling in Grade K-2: Writers Make a Movie for the Reader. Childhood Education, 91(5), 402-404. Retrieved from: http://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/doi/pdf/10.1080/00094056.2015.1090860