In the Mooc topic of technobiophilia there is a video “About Technobiophilia: Sue Thomas”  in which she talks about how humans use metaphors for action we take in cyberspace, such as ‘surfing the net’,’ bugs’, ‘viruses’ etc. She explains how biophilia or our love for nature is connected to technology and we integrate nature to devices. The use of background pictures of trees, flowers and other nature shows our connection towards it. She mentions how we attempt to personalize our machines to demonstrate our relationship with nature. There is another video ‘Why Do Geeks Go Camping? FOO And Other Brushes With Nature’  in which Sue Thomas stars in again. Here she explains the way we think and talk about internet life. Sue talks about the advancement of interactions between technologies and nature and how people have used the technologies to explore nature and travel. Nature is part of a human being and we can not retrieve from it  too much because then the essence of being human disappears. She mentions how some geeks went camping and after a couple of  nights ideas were bouncing around. On my post about digital storytelling I described digital storytelling as a means to express personal experiences, we can use digital storytelling such as blogs or vlogs to tell others about our adventures in nature such as a camping trip or taking pictures of nature and put a story together by arranging them in some kind of chronological order. On our first blog, I explained what it meant to me to be metaliteracy leaner, and how we can learn to use the technology to gather information, well sometimes this is a lengthy process and Sue explains how biophilia can help sooth fatigued minds and just like the campers, in order to enhance our mental capacity and be able to come up many new ideas which can aid in the process of gathering and using information. In many of our class sessions we have talked about how we connect to the social networks, we can see nature in almost everyone’s profiles from backgrounds, videos and pictures, we sometimes unknowingly introduce nature to our digital and or cyberspace. For our final project we have to adorn our website with pictures, this is a way in which we can draw the attention of our viewers by having an image of nature in the background to sooth the mind and help everyone focus their attention to our data. Humans respond more positively to a natural environment which is why our cellphones and computers have landscapes and other natural pictures for background, I never noticed this before and now that it has come to my attention, it makes a lot of sense as to why I have a picture of a sunset in my facebook background. It relaxes me to see it as I browse through the net. The fact that sometimes we are stuck on some kind of work and all it takes is a break from technology to come up with a solution is amazing, this has happened to me many times. Even with all this new technology we have at hand, in order to be productive in our work we need to have a connection to our natural environment. The use of peaceful and images connected to nature has a strong effect on both myself and others in our connection to the internet, even if we consciously do not   know it.


Digital Storytelling MOOC talk


This week in class we watched a Mooc Talk on digital storytelling. In the discussion the two people who directed the Mooc talk described digital storytelling as a way of someone to put out a story about themselves that can include certain kinds of personal experiences, they can also include mysteries in storytelling with visual presentations. It does not have to be a written story but can be a series of images that together formulate a story that the viewer can come up with. Digital Storytelling can be used to make personal connections, can help in educational programs and in the case of social media slides can be tagged to tell a story. It engages the audience with emotions and meanings. An example of this is the flickr storytelling where one takes only five images and puts them together in some chronological order in which the audience can compose a story out of them and it does not have to be the same story for each. Another example of storytelling according to this talk  is a hoax because they tell a story even when their content is false. In the first blog we had to explain what metaliteracy meant to us and I believe digital storytelling makes another contribution into my definition. Digital storytelling  contributes to a metaliteracy learner because they are able to access, evaluate and share the material as well as come up with meanings to comprehend them. The website that we are creating in class can be seen as a form of digital storytelling, we have applied information about news and media connections along with pictures and each of our tabs gives a bit more of information in order to create a story in which many are able to comprehend what is it that my team is trying to portray about the topics. We have always discussed in class how easy it is to access the social networks and post information about ourselves and others, for example the posts and pictures that we upload to these can tell a story about how our lives are progressing. If anyone would look at someone else’s profile they can put the pieces together and come up a story to tell about the life of that person. We have also learned how to find articles and last weeks blog was about digital storytelling as well, in the mooc topic information we found out that diaries and blogs that are posted online can also be seen as a digital story, well finding a diary online about someone of our interest can be used to see into the story of their lives as a progression from day to day just like a blog which gives the readers information about what is happening the life of that individual. Everyday couple of days I post on facebook what is happening in my life for example, my struggles, successes and thoughts, I also include pictures and without knowing it I was giving the public and insight look of my story. I enjoy watching mysteries and documentaries about investigations on  homicides, missing persons etc, forensics and law enforcements are able to put together the stories of someone’s life by looking in to what the post on the social medias,blogs and diaries,  here they can determine their personality, finds facts and discrepancies that have occurred.  They just like us are able to put together an image with meaning.

Digital StoryTelling and Metaliteracy


Digital storytelling is becoming an important part of metaliteracy, we consider diaries,letters and archives to name a few valuable pieces of literacy. In the MOOC  topic Digital storytelling and Metaliteracy we can see examples of digital storytelling as blogs,this kind of digital media allows people to share aspects of their lives and ideas. One of these was the diary of Samuel Pepys which was posted online as his blog. If anyone is looking to find information about a person’s life such as Pepys’ life they could go to his diary blog and find many details.  Journalism can also have its uses for digital storytelling, A story like the one in the New York Times, “Snow fall: The Avalanche at the Tunnel Creek”, tells the story the horrifying event some skiers encountered. This both telling a story about someones life and providing news and advisory about that location to others. In class we talked about what a reference librarian is and how they can help us, well one way to find more information on our topics is by ask them about how to find digital stories on journalism and the effects of medias and they can put us in the right direction.  Also my team had to do an exercise in learning how to use databases in order to find informations such as articles, now we can try to find digital stories as another source and narrow our results even further. This week we had to use databases to find journals and periodicals on our topic,we can look into databases to find vlogs and other sources of digital storytelling for our topic. In our first lecture, we discussed how everyone is able to  use the internet to post blogs and their ideas, knowing this now we can search in the lives of people who could help us understand our topics, for example we can look into the life of a contemporary journalist and their constant struggle to keep up with  new technology and medias. I have realized that I have been using digital storytelling as a way of searching for information all the time, specially with my human biology major I am always searching about the experiences many patients have had with different types of diseases. Also modern medicine can trace their findings to diaries and archives of doctors from centuries agos which can now be posted online. I think digital storytelling is incredibly important because its a source that can be both entertaining and informative.

media and news literacy


“The democratization of social media allows for more participation and interaction related to the news than ever”  the readings “twitter literacy” and “Citizen Journalism”. Twitter is used by a variety of different people, including celebrities, intellectuals like professors, researchers etc. And one is allowed to followed and be followed by who we please. There is a great amount of information that we can obtain via tweeter which includes news that comes instantaneously and continuously. The “Citizen Journalism” explains how public citizens can contribute to the news by using new technology such as cell phones and cameras and publish these in social networks and media-sharing sites.  Some pros about this connection between media and news literacy, is that information is received fast and communication between the public is more stronger, also now everyone can be some kind of journalist. They can record, post and analyze news so they can contribute to their communities. A negative effect that this has is that professional news journalist have a feeling of falling behind on their broadcasting since people who are at the scene can capture the news right away.  And as much as real news can be published also hoaxes can be introduced to be introduced to the public and have very misleading information.  In the first lecture we had in info-lit class our teacher asked us about who blogs or post things online everyday and I realised that almost everyone in the classroom uses the internet for almost the same reasons. We post information online and sometimes without realizing it, these posts could be knews informing others about what is happening around us, including weather,deaths,births, etc.. Things that we could have looked in a newspaper for but were faster to obtain via a social network. I never thought that there could be so many sources of media that delivers us news and upcoming events.  Now I am more aware that of the importance of the democratization of social media and how it has allows us to participate together in unity and be able to supply information every day just I do when I log on the social networks and allow others to know what is happening around me.

What Metaliteracy means to me

Metaliteracy is a compound of different literacy , it includes all kinds of new technology in which we can obtain information from.  It involves the making of information as well as sharing of it like in the internet, media and social networks, and it also includes the self awareness of the need of specific information for self usage. Some one who is meta-literate has the ability to recognize when and what kinds certain information is needed  for problem solving and is able to search and locate this information quickly and  find a solution. They are also able to comprehend and teach others on how to use these strategies.

Metaliteracy is important to me because of how it affects my everyday life. I am a Human biology major and in my field of study one must search for information all the time, whether is to do some work or to make connections with the lectures.  I hope that this information literacy class helps me understand more about metaliteracy and also teaches me how to utilize and organize my methods in searching for information so that it will become easier to do so. I would be able incorporate these skills and improve what ever assignments I am given. I believe that MOOC represents metaliteracy in a way because it incorparates teaching material as well as providing the student with a large range of information and interactions. Becoming metaliterate helps to become a more critical and strategical thinker which aids not only in my school career but in a the aspects of life.