Read and Respond to Ch 4 – Visual Networks – What are they?

               Visual Networks


How does Flickr fit into the New Literacy? Flickr is an example of a Visual Network that can be used in the “New Literacy” age, and is useful to organize and store your photos in a fashion that is easily accessible and can be categorized as needed. The fact that you can store the photos on the cloud has a value in it-self. Additionally, the benefit of picking and choosing the photos you wish to share, and also be in control of who sees the photos has value as well. Educators and businesses are now equipped to use these tools to reach targeted markets, and to tell a specific and single story to match their advertising campaign, or expand onto and promote a story already created. In any case, Flickr can be useful in a variety of ways and is part of what it means to be Literate in the digital age.


  • What are your main insights and ideas from the given reading?

There are apps and software programs that offer the consumers the tools to categorize and  access digital photos and videos. This offers educators, the business community and individuals alike, the opportunity to present Digital Stories in a more effective manner to the learner. The insights of the text include that we need to use the correct tools  to effectively communicate ideas; which includes the ability to present ideas with images, the written word, music or what other media is necessary to increase comprehension and understanding.


  • How does this reading challenge/expand/contradict your definition of (digital) storytelling?


The availability of cheaper software to manipulate data puts the power of creativity back in regular people’s hands. Teachers can offer this new technology to students which helps expand the concept of Digital Story Telling.


  • Having engaged this reading, what are you now curious about?


I am found the article to be interesting and engaging. I had never thought about Flicker, Vimeo, and other companies that offer the tools necessary to be a more literate person. The article was engaging  at times and offered the reader new perspectives to take into consideration.

  • What questions are you asking, particularly about (digital) storytelling?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a short video clip that is well made worth?

  • What additional scholarship, popular media, teaching resources, or other media are related to your developing understanding of both (digital) storytelling and this reading?

I wonder how video making software could be integrated with remixed music to make the students experience even richer.  What types of projects that are related to STEM could use Digital Story telling in the lesson plans?


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