Around The Track Again – A Runner’s Tale: Chapter 3

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Chapter 3: Why I Tell Stories

As we neared the midpoint of our semester I started to understand why It's important to tell stories. I used to find blogging pointless and didn't think anybody would want to read what I had to say. Shortly after I started, I discovered this is not true, as I began building up an audience right away. Through the use of technology, I also discovered I had many different ways of telling my stories, ways that were far more interesting and engaging to me than just blogging alone. Using imagery, audio, video, and the web, I fell that I've been able to start telling stronger stories. So why do I tell stories? I tell stories to share my voice, to connect with others, to show emotion, and perhaps the most important to me, I tell stories to create meaning. Each and every one of the stories I shared this semester have some type of of importance to me.

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Running - Do It For The Medals

This creation was more meaningful to me than it might seem on the surface. When I first started running, I would joke with friends that I will only run races that award participation medals. That may seem selfish, but this has helped encourage me to continue running. I created this as a motivational poster that I could hang up next to my desk to remind me why I run.

Week 6 Reading Response

The models of 'push’ and ‘pull’ were both new concepts to me when first introduced during week 3. Week 6 reintroduced these concepts and helped me to understand the importance of social and collaborative learning. There were examples given that I could relate to in the corporate world, and this made me think about how these could be introduced in my own workplace.

Interactions

At this point, I was having some great interactions on twitter and participated an an optional annotation flash mob.

Week 4Story Critique

During week 4, our digital story critique requirements changed. This threw a wrench into my analysis process at first, as I now had to identified types of involvement and literacy dimensions present in these stories. As I started to dig in deeper though, it helped me identify other storyteller's identities and find their voices.

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