Thanks (again) to Terry Elliott for sharing a new possibility for close reading and digital interpretation. This time, it’s something called Lumen5, which allows you to use text from blog posts (or freewrite) to create a short video not unlike a digital story. I like the “pick and choose” element.
By close reading posts of others (or close reading yourself, too), you can point to textual elements and then add images and music. The site then kicks out a video.
I tried the process first with my friend, Karen LaBonte, who wrote of her move to Portland and what she is seeing in her new community in a very poignant piece of writing. She also shares how she hopes to make an impact there (of that, I am sure.)
The second was a piece by Maha Bali, as she continues to explore the terrain of “open learning” in a variety of ways. In the post I used, she uses the metaphor of the flower.
In both cases, I hoped to honor my friends with the choosing of words (and hoped the context would not be completely lost through my interpretation) and that the video versions might lead others on a path to their blogs and writing.
Karen writes All Hands on Deck
Maha writes Reflection Allowed
And you should, of course, read Terry who writes Impedagogy
Peace (extended outward),
PS — I also could not resist making a version of my Western Massachusetts Mission Statement as a video.