paying attention!

I don’t have my notes nearby from when I read the amazing Cynthia Selfe’s Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-First Century: The Importance of Paying Attention but I do recall that book making a significant impact on how I approached teaching with technology, even way back in 2004 when I thought blogs were the biggest thing since sliced bread!

21st century media literacies from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

This video by Howard Rheingold [which is an extension of what he has said the past couple years on his vlog] reminds us that even though many of us are 21st century multitaskers, we should never assume our students have the same set of multiliteracies or practices.

This past year, my first teaching on a laptop campus, I was particularly shocked to learn that some students had only the one email account assigned to them, had never ordered a book from Amazon.com, or had never even downloaded music into I-Tunes. Even those students with ready wifi & ethernet access and the latest OFFICE and ADOBE software suites already pre-installed were much more interested in IM’ing and checking Facebook. Obsessed, I would even say!

Of the 5 essential literacies that Rheingold lists in this video, • Attention • Participation • Collaboration • Network Savvy and • Critical Consumption, I plan to highlight attention the most all semester-long, since it’s the main thing I can lose a few weeks in. We will use Twitter again to participate and collaborate, making the combo of that site and their CMS site part of network savvy, and students will analyze websites as part of critical consumption of their chosen major. But my main goal will be to remain much more interesting than what’s on their screens, even if it means showing them what they look like from my point-of-view, another tactic Rheingold took:


Dali & Disney

I can’t believe this is online! Bet it won’t be for long…Being a frequent visitor to the Dali Museum in St. Pete, FL I know how strict they are with their collections. I almost didn’t get to view this film there because of their schedule but was with a pushy friend at the time who insisted.

Beyond happy to be able to see it again, especially since I’m the ballerina who loves a baseball player!



How addicted to Twitter are you?

Created by The Oatmeal

I will definitely take this quiz again once I’m back on campus daily and preaching the gospel of Twitter to my freshman. Having read last semester’s course evaluations, I think many students liked the community built by sharing random 140-character spurts, but a few didn’t like that 10% of their grade depended on it. That’s a fair critique, since many of the tweets didn’t stay on the assigned topic, but I know if it weren’t a graded exercise, few would even create an account!

Must find a way to achieve a happy medium…


a new blogging routine, take 2

Let’s try this NaBloPoMo thing again!

June ended up being a busy travel month even though I was only out of town for 7 days, and I also went down hard with allergies. It being my first summer in Wisconsin, I’m learning about all sorts of new climate changes, wind gusts, and pollens.

But enough excuses. As stated on the NaBloPoMo site, “The theme for July is ROUTINE. Blogging on the theme is not required for inclusion on the blogroll and blogging on the theme is always optional.”

I like that flexibility; however, I may actually stick to the “routine” theme since my remaining summer days will be filled with a steady stream of exercise, reading, writing, tweeting, and prepping for Fall teaching.

And as much as I want to travel again, I think I’m staying put til September when I head to Hot-Lanta for the PSB concert. I cannot wait for that, but til then here are 2 pics from my recent travels:

The first with a cold one at Cheers in Boston


and the second with Mo Rocca at Broadway Bares. Believe me, no one was more surprised than me to see him in the opening number, but mo’ power to him!

mo rocca