Technology and Vacations

Came back from vacation down to Yellowstone last night. A big thanks to Wes for guestblogging. As expected, he did an outstanding job and of course manage to post some great stuff.

Looking back at our holiday, there were a number of ways technology was used to create a better vacation.

  • Wiki. We travelled with another family and used a wiki to plan out the details. While I basically did all the editing, everyone viewed it many times prior to the trip and we all sat down and used it to finalize things. When travelling with another family, it was nice to have many things pre-planned.
  • Flickr. Friends and family members loved being able to keep up with things along the way. In addition, it enabled me to deal with all the pictures in smaller chunks rather than doing it all after the fact. I also found a great little bookmarklet that easily adds a geotag to your photos. I also incorporated a little tip found at photojojo.com that we had a lot of fun with.jumping on the mountain
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Digital Storytelling at its best

Wes, David Jakes and others have been talking about digital storytelling for a while now and I too have a vested interest in this medium. In our age it’s critical students have strong viewing and representing skills.

In the past teachers who have come across exemplary work in written form want to share it with others. It’s exciting and rewarding when students grasp the concepts of good writing. Joel is a 15 year old friend of our family who’s been creating digital movies for a few years. He has fostered his love of lego and made some incredible videos. He was asked by his teacher to create a video for the story of the Good Samaritan. The resultm as you will see, is quite amazing. Joel obviously has a gift for storytelling and I know it largely comes from time watching movies and television. As Steven Johnson says, “it’s not all bad.” As we move from our text biased classroom to a more rich offering of expression, we will undoubtedly find more Joels. After watching, visit the archive and leave a comment for him. Also, if you know of a place to enter this video, let me know.… Read the rest