New Literacies, but Still Basic Skills?

My sketchnote recording stand… and helpers

This module has been about the new literacies that have come up with our new technology. While the same literacies, 3 R’s (reading, ‘rithmatic, ‘riting) are still there, the ability to continue with 3R’s and navigate the vast amount of information and formats it is in, brings in new literacies. I read an article in the spring about metaliteracy. (details & source info about the article later) It takes the regular literacies, and uses the term metaliteracy to incorporate the importance of critical thinking and the use of web 2.0 tools (social media, internet, etc) to build what we our asking our students to do now. This seems to incorporate all that we are talking about in this module and this course.

We still need our students to read and write, but it is in different formats than we are use to, which I don’t feel diminishes learning to read and write. Our students have so many formats to read, write, learn, create, make that we need to embrace that and help them learn to navigate it all. And an important piece now, is that we need to help guide them in learning how to decipher and decide what things are true or not. This is the critical piece, not everything you find is dependable. So our students are tasked with important critical thinking/evaluating at a much younger age than we were, as everything is accessible at their finger tips. And with data tracking, kids can find themselves in a data bubble and have no idea… I didn’t really get that until this class.

I appreciated the article and video by Wesch (timely as we chose ANTH101 dialogue before we know he would be a focus for week 14) about being knowledge-able. This also led to some interesting discussions in and I appreciated the insight from Leyna, Amy, Arielle, Holly and others. There was a sort of frustration (it felt to me) this week in discussions (week 14) about the article/videos and sense of diminishing the idea that basic literacies don’t matter any longer. While I can understand the frustrations, I do still believe those literacies are at the heart of what we are doing still, but can be taught/learned embracing the technology that is not going away.

There were also some great creations this module as well. As usual, daily creates were very creative! I connect with Holly and her coat of arms- Queen of Exhaustion… that has been me for several months, but particularly the beginning of November. Whew! And on a side note, Holly shares some great things on Twitter!

My favorite this module has been Robin’s AI story that has been living out on twitter! I sometimes just check Twitter to see if there is a new part of the story and what I get to vote on! That has been really fun to keep up with. I’m excited to read her blog about the whole process this week!

Metaliteracy article info:
Jacobsen, T. E., & Mackey, T. P. (2013). Proposing a metaliteracy model to redefine information literacy. Communications in Information Literacy, 7(2), 84–91. Retrieved from


Sketchnote (Week 13)

Tools Used: Filamore, FilamoreGo, Hyperlapse, iPhone camera, Word, saw, drill, screws, zipties, and my husband’s ingenuity.

I decided on my topic for my sketchnote after I read the article this week, Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. In the article they mention that they would talk about 10 ways to accomplish media education. But at the end of the article I couldn’t easily identify 10 ways. While they mentioned a few, play, role-play etc, there was definatley not 10 and I didn’t feel like I could go and implement something in my classroom after the article. So I decided to make a sketchnote discussion 5 ways to build the 4 C’s in our students. Hopefully giving people (and myself) some ideas to try and or research to try out.

In making the sketchnote, I spent a lot of time figuring out what 5 things I wanted to use and research them a bit. Then I translated my notes into a sketchnote. I did the sketchnote several ways and times to find my final product. Then I made my final version so I could copy it for the recorded version.

When I was ready to record, I went and asked my husband if he could film it for me. This was not answered with enthusiasm, as the idea of 10–20 mins of standing and holding my phone to record me (with 2 kids running wildly around) did not seem like a winning combination. So he developed a plan to build me a rough stand to hold my phone. (Picture included at the top) While the building and perfecting of the phone stand took longer than it would of taken to hold the phone and film me, it was a worth while investment and creation. My own rudimentary document “camera”.

I recorded it with the Hyperlapse app, then converted it to adjust the speed of it. This was super easy, as it does NOT record sound, as I had my kids running back and forth asking me questions as I was recording, WHEW! The app worked slick! I then found a video app, FilamoreGo, to put it all together. I uploaded the app on my phone and tried about 6 times to insert the video, an opening heading, picture of my sources, a credit end slide, and music. If I didn’t click on them in the correct order it wouldn’t let me move them (but it was suppose to). The inserting of the heading or credit slide made the app freeze EVERY. TIME. Then I tried to edit the ones in the draft folder and it wouldn’t let me edit them.

Soooooooo, I downloaded the free version for my Mac. This worked MUCH better! Similar to iMovie but a bit more user friendly, with easy to click on help info, that gave me quick instructions on how to do something. I went with the free version and was so excited for the final product and downloaded it. I opened the download to watch…. but the video had FILMORE in dark, watermark letters across 2/3 of my video. This made being able to read what was being written very difficult. Bugger!

I ended up buying the subscription, which ended up being a 1-time fee (so they say) but then I got the nice clear video that I could upload to YouTube.

In hindsight, I should of added dialogue with the video as my writing was going for some more details and insight. And if I could of zoomed in on each section of writing, that would have been easier. But for my very first attempt at sketchnote, I felt like it went well. It did highlight my lack of drawing ability and creativity though. But Leyna mentioned she liked my grit drawing. Thanks Leyna!

Another note, sketchnote might not be the best note taking path for me. The final sketchnote took me 5 times longer than just writing normal notes. But it could be good for retention from notes. I might try it with my 5 & 6th grade students on a fun project and see what they come up with.

Note: Week 15’s challenge, I am combining into my final challenge…. my family digital ethnography. Here’s a little snipet, blast from the past, if you will.

My daughter Abby (2017) top, me (1980) bottom left, my mom (1952) bottom right. All around same age.


ANTH101 dialogue with Shar and Paul. This was a fun dialogue with Shar and Paul. Again, two classmates I have not interacted with, so it was fun to meet and discuss with them.

ANTH 101 is a pretty cool site and concept. I really appreciate all Professor Wesch has done to create this and share it with everyone, at no cost. Learning more about ourselves and each other to build a better understanding for our world and our neighbors is something we can use. A way to connect with people, again something we (and myself) can use.

I like the design of the site, makes it easy to navigate. I did feel a couple of the things are repetitive. I noticed a couple locations go to the exact same thing (video) that can be viewed on the main page. So not sure if there is something more planned for when they click or not. That was my only minor, minor disappointment. I love that Wesch does all his own intro videos on each and then brings in other videos and readings to focus on the main focus for the lesson.

I would like to take his course on my own after I finish my masters. But I do think, as a student, you could potentially get even more from this course if you were to take it in person, than you would as an online, paid course, or as a personal course for free. But I’ll see how I feel after I get into the course. Maybe I can convince my husband and some friends to take it with me for some discussions and feedback. Arielle had mentioned wanting to be able to connect and discuss ANTH101 after her masters is over as well, which would be fun!

Daily Creates

Week 13- tdc2135 Red Element Used the free, iPiccy, to create this. They even had a 6-step, easy tutorial on how to insert a color element. Was fun to play with and has lots of easy great options to edit photos. Signed in with my Facebook account (more data tracking…sigh).

I used a close-up picture from the amazing mosaic we have at the entrance of our school and center of our commons area.

Week 14- tdc2155 Garnish Wild Color Mix- This one they had you play with colors searching with the website This was pretty cool site! You could search up to 5 colors and choose the % of color mix. Pretty cool! I choose 80% red and 20% green, Christmasy colors. I really like when they give you sites to explore to create something. It like learning about other things I had no idea were out there and then creating with them.

How Was I Challenged/Biggest Stretch?

This week’s biggest stretch was, again, fighting with technology. The plan seemed so smooth with my sketchnote, and it started out pretty well. Hitting the speedbumps with building a recording stand, FilmoreGo not working, and Filmore watermarks, were definitely frustrating. I found found, several times this semester, that the product I’m using, I end up spending $$ in order to get things to work. I guess that is how they suck you in… offering something cool, but not quite working or allowing things you need/want unless you pay.

The sketchnote was a pretty big stretch for me as well. I’m a basic note taker and am fine with just rereading my notes and getting things from there. I love watching other’s sketchnotes and get a lot from them, but for me to move notes into a more visual, creative role was a pretty big stretch. While I made it more visual, I still couldn’t get the pictures, illustrations to really come alive, that was kind of disappointing. But I made a couple pictures and the general format was more visual and not my usual linear format just down a page.

Looking forward to building my final project and continuing lively discussions with all!

#inte5340 Brad Hinson

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