Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rives: A 3-minute story of mixed emoticons

This is an absolute must-see, and very much challenges traditional crieria for what it means to write narratives well!


Nancy said...

Hi Professor Knobel,

I thought the video was awesome. I think it is essential to realize that one can write a story using symbols and letters and still be practicing the concept of storytelling. Rives narrative was extremely creative and “well-written”. It followed a sequence of events that made sense. What it reminded of is when children in kindergarten draw pictures to tell a narrative. In schools, as teachers, we accept the drawing as a way of learning. Why is it unacceptable for older students to use symbols and letters or videos to tell a story?

As a society, we are surrounded by symbols and use them every day, especially with the new technology. I think it is important to recognize that what students are learning in schools need to relate to what they are learning outside of school. Not all students learn the same way.

If using symbols to write a story or making an anime video is practicing the same concepts one would learn by writing a paper; I do not understand the problem implementing these new technologies into the classroom.
I think it is important as a future teacher and as the video powerfully states to remember, “I don’t need to write it down.”

Cindy Figgs said...

Wow, that video was great and its funny to see some of the symbols that I already use when talking to friends or a "guy" online, lol. However, for those that do not use this text to speak its something new and probably very odd to them. I cannot see my parents using that language. Its definitely creative and so amazing to see that a story can be written without one actual word. Wow, yet another example of literacy!