Pedagogy first… not every lesson requires technology. Sometimes paper and bodies work quite nicely. Today my 12 Health Assessment 220 students each received a paper abdominal organ and instructions to position themselves in the correct abdominal quadrant where this organ resides on a large one dimensional abdomen taped off into 4 quadrants on the floor. We had a little game of Tummy Twister to get the morning going. Silliness was a moderately effective antidote for stress and distraction about next week’s 3 midterms and this afternoon’s medication math quiz, but we didn’t get as far with the tummy as I’d wanted. The crowd asked for review questions to prep for the midterm and that’s where we went. I couldn’t help but wonder if Einstein was talking about test-anxiety when he lamented that his education was hindering his learning.
And that’s my choice. I may be experiencing tech-toxicity from over-exposure. I’ve been writing a paper on leadership in integration of ICT in nursing education, looking at the curriculum for the Nursing Informatics course that will be offered for the first time in Term 2 of our new program, preparing to attend a conference on the e-health record, and maybe I just want to go back to simpler times, when pastoral scenes of sacred cows could remain undisturbed for lack of electronic dissemination of evidence to change practice and upset them. This learning curve may be too steep for me to climb. I’m uncomfortable darnit!
“To grow, learners have to acknowledge discomfort and set tasks to help break the barriers of fear” (Joyce, 1984).
I’m not scared, Mr. Joyce, I’m just tired…. but I’ve set some tasks anyway, because it sounds like a reasonable thing to do to. I’ve never created a digital story before and I only have some vague notions about what this might look like. So I started a timeline list document to help me organize myself to accomplish this assignment. It’s a start.
Can you recommend a free program or product for a first-time digital story teller to weave together interview video clips, still images with voice and music?