Evaluating a Mobile App

Have you ever used Rosetta Stone to learn another language? I have not. That’s why I chose to experiment with the mobile app, Learn Languages with Rosetta Stone, for my Producing Media for Learning graduate course at the University of Colorado Denver. Oh, and I’m traveling to Guatemala this winter so why not use it as an opportunity to brush… Read more →


The Hunt for 8 Buffalo: An Interactive Video Project

Over the past few weeks, I created an interactive video for one of my graduate courses, Producing Media for Learning, at the University of Colorado Denver. Here’s the finished product:   The assignment was… create a 3-5 minute video about the sentence, “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” With that in mind and the freedom to create, I… Read more →


How to Produce a Podcast – Basic

I just finished a 5-10 minute podcast for my Producing Media for Learning graduate course at the University of Colorado Denver and wanted to take a few moments to jot down some notes on the experience and process. If you’re like me and fairly novice to podcasting, you’ll want to spend some time listening to and researching podcasts. Here are… Read more →

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Pedago.me does TLTS 2016 – Denver, CO

Get ready ed tech, pedago.me’s coming for ya… I am super excited to share that I will be part of an interactive forum with some extraordinary instructional technologist and digital innovators this October on the Metropolitan State University campus in Denver, Colorado. What is TLTS? The Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (TLTS) is an interactive forum designed to collaborate… Read more →

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Facilitating an Online Synchronous Discussion on Twitter

Downloadable version As part of my coursework in my ILT Master’s program at the University of Colorado Denver and Professor Len Scrogen’s Facilitating Online and Blended Learning course, I have shared below my expertise in leading significant and engaging learning experiences– demonstrating ILT Competences 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.  On May 4th, 2016, I planned for and facilitated: Outthink… Read more →

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Will Work for Brains! Engagement Strategies for Synchronous Online Learning

As part of my coursework in my ILT Master’s program at the University of Colorado Denver and professor Len Scrogran’s class “Facilitating Online and Blended Learning” I worked in a team of four to create a multimedia deliverable to explain neuroscience-based strategies in online synchronous learning environments. We had a little over a month to get creative and collaborative to… Read more →


Webinar Recap: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

Last week, I hosted my first webinar: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out. Big thanks to my professor, classmates, and boyfriend for joining me on this adventure! I hope everyone learned something new and enjoyed the experience. Since this was something new for me and we still have one more webinar to go before the semester ends, I… Read more →

Implementing Learning Strategies into Live Synchronous Events

As we move into week eight of the Spring 2016 semester (officially halfway through my ILT Master’s program— Whoohoo!!) I am finalizing my planning my first webinar, scheduled for Friday March 11th at 11AM MST: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out. This is my first big project due for Professor Joni Dunlap’s Planning and Facilitating Live Events. To… Read more →

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CARP: Design Principles for Presentations

The 2016 semester at CU Denver is officially kicking into full gear and this spring, it’s all about synchronous (and asynchronous) learning. I’m taking two courses with emphasis on both, which wasn’t planned but totally fitting! For Professor Joni Dunlap’s Webinars and Synchronous Learning course, I’ve been learning all about presentation design principles and best practices in preparation for my… Read more →


Blogging vs Threaded Discussion Recap

As part of my coursework in my ILT Master’s program at the University of Colorado Denver and Professor Len Scrogen’s Facilitating Online and Blended Learning class, I facilitated a discussion during the week of February 3rd – 8th where our group, The Moose Herd, explored blog platforms and threaded discussions through the following questions: What are some advantages and disadvantages… Read more →

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A Webinar Critique on Learning in the Digital Era

As part of my coursework in my ILT program at the University of Colorado Denver and Professor Joni Dunlap’s INTE 5670 Webinars & Synchronous Learning, I attended an on-demand webinar: Evolving Learning for the New Digital Era from June, 2015 to analyze and critique in preparation for my own webinar production. After going through this process, I am already starting… Read more →

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Blogging versus Threaded Discussions in Online Learning

This week’s discussion topic is, “Blogging versus Threaded Discussions in Online Learning.”    First, read: Blogging vs Threaded Discussions in Online Courses   Next, read: 7 Things You Should Know About…Blogs   Finally, skim over Comparing Weblogs to Threaded Discussion Tools in Online Educational Contexts   When you have finished digesting the articles please “herd” to the comment box at the… Read more →


Corrective Exercises for Core Stability 101

It’s official. I’ve turned in my final project for the Creative Designs for Instructional Materials course I’m taking for my ILT Master’s program at The University of Colorado Denver! Whoohoo! It’s a good feeling. Up until this point, I’ve created an infographic and a PechaKucha presentation for this course– two things I have never done! Both of these assignments were… Read more →

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Integrating Technology to Automate Operations and Marketing in Chiropractic Care

As part of my coursework in my ILT Master’s program at the University of Colorado Denver and Professor Brent Wilson’s INTE 6750, E-Learning Trends class, I have shared below a change implementation plan that is intended to automate systematic processes and marketing opportunities for my partner’s chiropractic business. This paper outlines the very first steps of a broader, long term… Read more →

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Bridging the Denver Food Chasm

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a grueling month. I’ve been heads down working on my second project for my Creative Designs for Instructional Materials class, researching content for our next group project in my E-Learning Trends class, actively participating in weekly discussions for both classes, reading, writing, and work is definitely not slowing down! In fact, just returned from… Read more →

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From One to Many: The E-Learning Evolution

Whew! I can’t believe week six of Fall semester is coming to a end. Time is flying! To close out the week, I wanted to take some time to reflect on and share my first completed assignment for the E-Learning Trends class I am taking this semester at the University of Colorado Denver. For this project, our class was instructed… Read more →


Improve Economic Opportunities for our Colorado Latino Community

It’s been almost two months since my last entry…yikes! What have I been doing?!? Well, after the completion of my Digital Storytelling class, I took a few long weekends to do some traveling to unplug from technology and spent a little time with my family back east. Fall semester started August 17th and I’ve been in full-force-go-mode ever since! I’m… Read more →

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Confusion to Confidence: A Reflection on Learning with Digital Storytelling

As part of my coursework in Professor Remi Holden’s INTE 5340 Learning with Digital Stories Summer 2015 course at the University of Colorado Denver, I’ve included below, a written reflection on my experience as a learner with (digital) storytelling given my participation throughout the semester. This reflection is complementary of my final portfolio and builds on my seven prior weekly… Read more →

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The Ways of Our Kind: A #CUDenver15 Collaborative Story

Earlier this week, one of my Digital Storytelling classmates, La Dawna Minnis tweeted out asking if anyone was interested in writing a collaborative story. Hey #ds106, anyone interested in writing a collaborative story with me over the next couple days? http://t.co/asF0g6a2U9#writingassignments — La Dawna Minnis (@llminnis) July 21, 2015 Taking the initiative, she started working in Google Docs and once… Read more →

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The Four Seasons of May

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing. We all are affected by the weather that comes with the change in seasons in some capacity. Growing up in Pennsylvania I always hated the winters. The sun doesn’t shine much from November through April in South Eastern Pennsylvania and the shortened days created the perfect recipe for a case of SAD.… Read more →


Response to Lankshear and Knoble New Literacies: Chapter Eight

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. — Alvin Toffler. After getting through the first few pages of the final chapter of Colin Lankshear and Michele Knoble’s New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning, I nearly dropped the book on the floor! Had I… Read more →

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Response to Lankshear and Knoble New Literacies: Chapter Seven

With regards to the timing of our course, I’m skipping over chapter six and jumping right into chapter seven where Colin Lankshear and Michele Knoble take us further into the realm of social practices associated with new literacies— examining participatory and collaborative approaches to learning online (L&K 2011, p.209). This includes social learning and some everyday practices, the paradigm shift… Read more →

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Literacy through Creative Dance: A Critique on Remixing Literature through Movement

Last fall I volunteered after school with Colorado High School Charter (CHSC) helping students complete their past due classwork. Many times we had to read through old literature from American authors such as Edgar Allen Poe and answer comprehensive questions, which many students (including myself) struggled with. Carrie Patterson and Dina Denis from East Bronx Academy For the Future are… Read more →

The Public Domain Review

Become a Friend. Support the Project.

Today’s DS106 daily create: Make a support poster for The Public Domain Review using one of their images and asking people to support the project. The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit online journal dedicated to promoting and celebrating work under public domain. Learn more here. To create this support poster I first found a quote from the testimonial page… Read more →

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Joe’s Poem

I haven’t felt much of a connection with this week’s selection of daily creates. I’m glad I waited until today instead of forcing one just to get it done. Today’s DS106 daily create is another writing assignment titled: The dream of the Dragonflies – A death poem. Details: “Write a serious poem, ideally a haiku or tanka, from the point… Read more →

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Ode to the DJ

I have to say, I struggled a lot with our week five DS106 Mashup Assignment. I probably spent entirely way too long sifting through the assignment bank in search of something that felt like a good choice and related to my focal theme of emotional expression through creativity. I kept coming back to the music mashup assignment, Opposites Attract so… Read more →

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Response to Lankshear and Knoble New Literacies: Chapter Five

So far, we’ve been learning a great deal about the notion of “new literacies” beginning with concepts and theories to some everyday practices. In chapter five, Lankshear and Knoble discuss blogs and wikis as they relate to participatory and collaborative literacy practices. For the purposes of this post, I’d like to discuss the relationship between participation in an online space… Read more →


Goonies of the Caribbean: A Mashup Movie Trailer Critique

Playing off this week’s DS106 mashup assignment in combination with Lankshear and Knoble’s “remix practices” and “literacy dimensions” highlighted in chapter four, I will be critiquing a fun little mashup movie trailer I found on trailercuts.com titled “Goonies of the Caribbean” posted by Steve Concotelli (I don’t know if he created it or just posted). I chose this movie trailer remix… Read more →


Celebrating #PenATweet Day

#PenATweet Day was July 1st, 2015 and DS106 is keeping the momentum going through today, July 6th. Today’s daily create assignment encourages us to remember the importance of handwriting. Details here. My take: does your handwriting ever change with your mood? Mine sure does! You can tell a lot about a person and how they are feeling from their handwriting–… Read more →

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Girl with the Slot Machine

Another photography daily create! Yay!   Embed history of art in the everyday Do a creative edit in the spirit of Alexey Kondakov. Embed a famous painting in an everyday setting. For anyone who doesn’t know, Alexey Kondakov is an Ukrainian Art Director who Photoshops classic art heroes into modern day situations. I call my rendition, “Girl with the Slot… Read more →


Are There Literacy Dimensions to Memes?

It’s crazy to think we’re halfway through our Learning with Digital Storytelling coursework and I’ve written six critiques thus far. Time is flying! As I deepen my understanding of digital storytelling through my weekly social learning practices, I’ll be taking a new approach to critiquing. For the next three weeks, I’ll be focusing on just three critiques, instead of six,… Read more →

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Response to Lankshear and Knoble’s New Literacies: Chapter Four

Continuing the drumbeat of the term “remixing” as a social practice of new literacies, Colin Lankshear and Michele Knoble go into greater depth discussing cultural and digital remixing and the types of practices involved. At its core, the concept of remix as a culture practice is a “necessary condition for cultural sustainability, development, enrichment, and well-being” (L&K 2011, p.97). America… Read more →


Don’t be Bitter, be Better

Having virtually no design experience, I thought this week’s DS106 Design Assignment would be challenging. To my surprise, I was able to find an assignment, come up with an idea, complete my design in one afternoon. I discovered, Minimalize Your Philosophy at random and it all sort-a fell into place from there. The instructions were to: Pick your favorite quote… Read more →


Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 6

After last week’s experimentation with audio as a medium for digital storytelling, I wanted to explore it a bit further through one of my social learning practices of critiquing. After quite a bit of searching, I finally found something that I could relate to my focal theme of emotional expression through creativity:   Emotional Expression 1 By Ross Black The… Read more →


3,000 Miles in 30 Seconds(ish)

I thought long and hard about what I would construct for this week’s video assignment. My original idea went to sh*t after shooting (thankfully it wasn’t terribly time consuming) and I struggled with making this coincide with my focal theme of emotional expression through creativity. I really wanted to do some form of stop motion for the 30 second documentary… Read more →


Response to Lankshear and Knoble’s New Literacies: Chapter Three

In this chapter, Colin Lankshear and Michele Knoble spend a great deal of time talking through the technologies and values of “new” literacies—specifically the interrelationship between “new technical stuff” and “new ethos stuff.” In short, Lankshear and Knoble argue that the “new technical stuff” of new literacies or, types of applications/sites we use to create meaning (i.e. Machinima) is the… Read more →

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Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 5

23 Feelings in Dance When we watch dance what do we “see”? By Peter Lovatt My mother told me once I danced in utero. Whether I was actually dancing it up for debate. However, for as long as I can remember, dance has always been a creative form of emotional expression. I can remember the highs and lows after competitions… Read more →


Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 4

For guidelines on the critique process, please refer to my 1st post in the series.   Overview: For my second critique this week, I’ve chosen a reflective video story titled, “Nowhere Anyhow” by Darcy Alexandra. This short is about a waitress, an adopted daughter, a coffee shop in the winter, and her father. I found this story on a site… Read more →


Response to Lankshear and Knoble’s New Literacies: Chapter Two

In my last post, we discussed the evolution of the term literacy as told by Colin Lankshear and Michele Konbel highlighting the notion of two important terms now use to define our “new literacies:” paradigmatic and ontological. In other words, as I understand it, the ability to make sense of and participate in various online interactions (the paradigm) by way… Read more →


Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 3

For guidelines on the critique process, please refer to my 1st post in the series.   Overview: This week’s first digital storytelling critique criteria for “A Blind Eye to Domestic Violence” by Jeffery Jean-Pierre is based on three of Jason Ohler’s assessment traits: 1.) Originality, voice, creativity, 2.) flow, organization, pacing, and 3.) sense of audience, for a total of… Read more →


Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 2

For guidelines on the critique process, please refer to my 1st post in the series.   Overview: For my 2nd critique: assessment of digital storytelling series, I’ve chosen a digital story from the DS106 Mashup Assignment Bank titled “Music Mashup.” In addition to photography and traveling, music is another passion of mine so I was interested to explore this assignment… Read more →


Learning to Critique: Assessment of Digital Storytelling Series – Part 1

As part of the coursework in my Learning with Digital Stories class at the University of Colorado Denver, I will produce a series of weekly critiques that examine and review two digital stories or media(ted) narratives driven by personal or professional interest. Initially, I will use Jason Ohler’s assessment traits as a baseline for each critique. My goal is to… Read more →


Response to Lankshear and Knoble’s New Literacies: Chapter One

What is literacy? In its most basic form, literacy is understood as the ability to read and write. Today, however, to be literate means much more than that. The over-abundance of and constant shift in technology and digital networks has and is changing the way we communicate, learn, and gather/share information. In the first chapter of their 3rd edition of… Read more →

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Geometric Balance

Hey everyone! Hope your summer is of to a great start! After a nice and rejuvenating break, I’m back at it– summer classes officially started yesterday. Before I jump into it, I’d like to mention that after my last post, I received an A in my Social Media and Digital Cultures class. YES! All the hard work did indeed pay… Read more →

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A Semester in Review

As our workload(s) start to dwindle and we all countdown to Memorial Day, to officially kick off summer, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on, what may have been, one of the busiest semesters/quarters of my professional life! I can’t say the transition into graduate school after being out of school for almost 10 years was an easy… Read more →


How to Make Twitter Work for You

By this point, I imagine pretty much everyone who plays online knows what Twitter is. Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter…or should I say chirping… around Twitter—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Okay, maybe not the ugly part—yet—anyway… Last week in my Social Media and Digital Cultures class, we read a few articles on different types of… Read more →


Journey to CeBIT

Last week, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Hannover, Germany to attend the world’s largest and most international computer expo, CeBIT—what an experience! Four days packed pack full of information, keynotes and live demos on the latest technology gadgets and trends from all over the world. While I was there primarily on business, I couldn’t resist the urge… Read more →

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Is Technology Rewiring our Brain?

As I enter into the 7th week of my ILT master’s program, I want to take a moment and reflect on an earlier assignment from my Social Media and Digital cultures class around a quote by writer, speaker, and learning theorist, George Siemens. In parallel with one of our readings on the controversial learning theory, connectivism, he says:   “Technology… Read more →


How Quora can Change Your Life

Are you one of those people who questions everything? Me too! However, with the amount of information readily available online, I often find it difficult to get the simple answers I’m looking for when searching the Internets black hole. If you find yourself in the same boat, have no fear… I recently discovered a tool through my Social Media and… Read more →


How to Build Your Online Presence on LinkedIn

Have you ever submitted an online application for a job and never heard anything back? Of course you have. We have all experienced this at some point in our lives and there’s no doubt it can be discouraging. Employment sites like Monster.com and Indeed.com are great to see what’s out there, but how do you get past the black hole… Read more →

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