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This I Believe

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This I Believe -- Social Justice & Digital Media Edition 

 

The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living -- Socrates


As a global citizen of our digital world, you are more likely to advance social justice and impact the lives of others if you know who you are, what you stand for, and your role in this complex technological society.

Drawing inspiration from the This I Believe project sponsored by National Public Radio and our studies in FYS, the intention of this project is for you to define a personal philosophy of social justice and digital media.

What effects do digital technologies exert over the gap between the Haves and the Have-Nots? Does the new socially connected world, brought about by our uses of the internet and participatory media, contribute to social, political and economic justice? In this emergent digital context, have prevailing relations of power and authority continued to advantage historically privileged groups?

Informed by your own lived experiences, beliefs and new understandings about social justice and digital media, this digital story is to be self-reflective as you recount a first person narrative. What do you really believe; what does it mean for you to live in a complex technological society; what are your responsibilities? With these questions, how do you define a personal philosophy of digital media and social justice?

To produce a successful project, I invite you to research, design and produce a digital story using online Web 2.0 multimedia applications. This narrative is to be produced in the first person, based on your researched understandings (including readings, discussions, blog posts and social action project),lived experiences and personal feelings about participating in a complex technological society.

This assignment is also designed to provide you with the opportunity to advance your technical and aesthetic experiences with Web 2.0 multimedia technologies while reflecting on your life and questioning technology through a personal philosophical lens.

 

The multimedia equivalent of 10 pages (2500 words).

 

Initial Proposal 

Your goal: to convince your readers (Dr. Shutkin and fellow classmates) that your concept for a digital story is appropriate for our studies of digital media and social justice and that you can manage the technological challenges that you are taking on.  Describe the theme and storyline for your digital story. Situate your digital story within the context of our studies of digital media and social justice.  Describe efforts made to identify and learn the multimedia resources that you will be working with. Annotate 2-3 sources as described below in the Annotated bibliography.(Not to exceed 750 words / 3 pages). 

 

Initial Proposal (in outline form):

  • Situate your digital story within the context of our studies of digital media and social justice; 
  • Describe the theme and storyline for your digital story;
  • Describe efforts made to identify and learn the multimedia resources that you will be working with to tell your story;
  • Annotate 2-3 sources as described below in the Annotated bibliography;
  • Not to exceed 750 words / 3 pages.

   

Annotated Bibliography

Research the literature to determine the conceptual boundaries of your topic. For this  bibliography, include 4-6 references. Each reference is to be cited using an acceptable bibliographic style such as APA, Chicago or MLA. Beneath each reference, write a paragraph discussing how and why it will inform or otherwise contribute to your topic. 

(Not to exceed 750 words / 3 pages).

 

Story Board

Produce a storyboard of how you plan to organize your digital story and outline its contents. Your storyboard is to integrate images and text as a means of outlining and sketching the storyline of your proposed digital story.

 

The goals of the storyboard:

  • Express the focus of your digital story,
  • Describe the various parts of the story,
  • Layout how your digital story will look and how it will be experienced by its audience; and
  • Assert which Web 2.0 applications and multimedia you intend to use for each part of the story. 

 

Resources:
Rubric
Digital Storytelling

The Multimedia Storyboard  By Jane Stevens   ยท   Updated Nov 7, 2012
This I Believe
CogDogRoo50 Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story

 

Student Digital Stories

 

Leena / Mark / Cherise / Leila / David / Ethan

 

 

 

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