When I think back on members of the EdTech community that had a profound influence on me, I have to admit that Alan Levine gets a podium all his own. Besides being the author of one of the most respected and long-running EdTech blogs, CogDogBlog, he has consistently been at the forefront of nearly every technology revolution and trend, as a pioneer and a trailblazer. If you have any interest in digital storytelling, Web 2.0 or new technologies in general, you will not want to miss this EdTechConnect!
Alan will be presenting 50+ Ways to Tell a Digital Story on Wednesday, Feb 17th at 7pm EST.
It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and technical expertise; we are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser. This session will cover a basic basic story development that can be created in a web 2.0 tool using images, audio, and/or video. We are using the word “story” in a general sense; it may be a deeply personal one of the digital storytelling variety, or it may be a tale of a travel trip, or a simple multimedia presentation. It consists of more than one type of media (images + text, audio + images, etc) that are assembled on the web, and can be linked to or embedded into other web sites. And just to prove it can be done, I told the same story as an example for every tool!
More about Alan Levine:
Alan Levine is Vice President, NMC Community and Chief Technology Officer for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies..
Alan is widely recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in the application of new technologies to educational environments and was a pioneer on the web going back to 1993. An early proponent of blogs and RSS for information sharing, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog (cogdogblog.com). More recently, he has been interested in new forms of web 2.0 storytelling, such as his 50 Web2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, as well as the ever expanding range of social/professional networking tools for connecting and sharing what we do online.
In his current post with the NMC, Alan has infused the organization with applications of web 2.0 tools, including re-making the NMC web site into an online community featuring rich media, user-generated content, folksonomy tools, and social presence. He has established web sites for all NMC projects, usually using open-source software. In addition, he runs activities such as the Connect@NMC webinars and the NMC Two Minute surveys.
Before joining the NMC, Alan spent 14 years as an Instructional Technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Arizona where he was actively engaged in research and development of learning technologies. Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, he created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorporate RSS content into web pages.