Rosanna Miiller Salas

Reflections about online education…


June 2015

TDC Recycle Selfie.

TDC Recycle Selfie. A few months ago I made a traditional mask using recycled material… very messy process, but It turned out very well in the end!
Mascara de Diablo del Yare. Reciclaje

Week 3. Reflection


Self-discovery is becoming a daily surprise. That is the start I choose for one of my daily created assessments and I believe that idea represents my experience during these days. This was a remarkable week for me in this course. I was able to interconnect all the activities I participated with my professional interest and focus theme, but the most important progress I did is the connection I established between this course and my personal experience everyday. I appreciate the opportunity to explore different digital and non-virtual resources providing meaning to my practice. I am feeling more comfortable and confident with my contribution and participation including my peripheral approach to some peers’ participation. Anxiety is transforming into desire to expand knowledge and have more time to explore deeper how to provide meaningful participation in the various spaces to share we are developing. I feel a part, I feel belonging to a something potentially beneficial and I am deeply glad for it.

I would like to summarize my contributions during this week. I am trying to not visualize it as to do list of assignments but at the end I constantly need to check assignments / due dates and this kind of schedule management seems to work well for me.

I assigned myself a 9.5/10 I think my engagement, contributions, and practical applications are progressing but still I have aspects to improve. What do I need to improve? I need to make an enormous effort to provide faster responses to peers’ comments to my contributions. That is the main goal I have for the following weeks.

TDC Silence is…

Silence is the best moment to enjoy your ideas.

Video Assignment. Paying Homage To What You Care About

What Do You Care About?

I chose to create a video for the assignment Paying Homage To What you Care About . The video shows the thoughts I care about most deeply: family, honesty, freedom, hope, achievements, living goal-orientated, and the wish to obtain all that for Venezuela, my native country. I think it was a meaningful assignment aligned with my focal theme of positive identity for immigrants. I shared in the video personal images, I think this gives the video credibility since I am an immigrant who wants to promote these values. I choose Color Esperanza by Diego Torres, a touching song to accompany the visuals. I hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed making it.

Venezuela Color Esperanza from Rosanna Miiller Salas on Vimeo.

Lankshear and Knobel. Third Chapter. Pedagogical Considerations.

collage new literacies

This week,s chapter provided a deeper and complex explanation about what “new” means in new literacies. The authors pointed out the social influence of the change of paradigm from individualization towards collectivity has in the organization in our life, thinking and actions. Lankshear and Knobel mentioned how distributed expertise and collective intelligence reconstitutes and reconfigures everyday practices transforming personal relationships and communications. These emerging and evolving ways to generate, communicate and negotiate meanings have a direct pedagogical impact on how to approach teaching and learning. This has a direct impact on how immigrant students achieve their learning processes. In the article A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures, written by THE NEW LONDON GROUP1 the authors pointed out the importance of integrating multiliteracies pedagogies. “The multiplicity of communication channels and increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in the world today call for a much broader view of literacy than portrayed by traditional language-based approaches. Multiliteracies, according to the authors, overcome the limitations of traditional approaches by emphasizing how negotiating the multiple linguistic and cultural differences in our society is central to the pragmatics of the working, civic, and private lives of students.”

I found very interesting the distinction of new technical “stuff” as digital generation and new ethos “stuff” as values. The possibility to generate encoded meaning opens up communication possibilities to expand knowledge across a widely open spectrum of people and interest. This implies significant participation derivate of enabling and sharing that provide opportunities to practice complex narratives inherent to social, cultural or political issues; increasing local and global participation. As the authors mentioned the development of complex programs is created using users’ conventions. The goal is to create an interface simple to manipulate where the interaction in engaging though simple steps that facilitate continuous contributions and participation without wondering about learning complex procedures to use the different communicational platforms. In schooling these skills facilitate researching, writing, reading, producing and commenting topics. Contradictorily this brings a new and important issue to teaching practices: the copyright dimension. How to address and control the material students are generating? What is the limit between fair and unfair use? What is the appropriate notion of proprietary knowledge versus collective intelligence? The boundaries seems to promote a common contribution where collective knowledge will be accessible for everyone. What will be the ethical implications of this approach? What can be the social consequences?

Another remarkable concept for me was understanding what the authors called “folksonomy” in juxtaposition to “taxonomy”. The idea to generate ecological meanings from a participatory culture on platforms have in my opinion positive and negative implications. On one hand is a democratic practice where collaboration, participation, and distributing expertise builds significant relationships with concepts and meaning in a systemic approach, but at the same time I wonder about the validity and credibility of knowledge generated in that way. In which cases does it have a real value? When is it better to use each approach? New ethos stuff has an undeniable value to integrate immigrant students since the communication practices serve as a catalysis to bring students’ perspectives and practice different ways of participating such as assuming different roles or building new relationships. Immigrant students becoming members of affinity spaces or participatory web cultures are developing identities. To understand the impact and mechanism underlying the new ethos values are priorities to actual teacher practice. How to best address accurately today’s students literacy needs?

THE NEW LONDON GROUP1 (1996) [Online]

Lankshear, C. & Knobel, M. (2011). New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning. New York: Open University Press

Week 3. Digital Stories Critique

This week I decided to share two beautiful and inspiring stories. These ones bring hope to our lives because the message is powerful and touching. The stories are connected with my focal theme since both focus on positive identity and how we have the inner strength to make the best of our lives though self-confidence, positive attitude, and hard work.

Yo Elijo Vivir / I Choose To Live

This is an inspiring TEDxTepuy speech by Maickel Melamed. He recently became famous because of his achievement of completing the Boston Marathon after running more than 20 hours and despite his muscular dystrophy condition. Maickel’s story is a continuous example of effort. He graduated and is an economist at “University Catholic Andres Bello”, my alma mater, and I had the opportunity to meet him briefly many years ago during my college years. I admire his passion and capacity to bring hope to others. I proudly like to share his ideas from this beautiful and engaging speech.

My method of critique is based on Jason Ohler’s Digital and Traditional Storytelling. The three traits I will consider for this digital story are 1) Story, 2) Research, and 3) Sense of Audience. I chose these three traits because I want to highlight how the author excelled in these aspects during his presentation.

Story: Maickel shared his personal story. He mentioned how he accomplished goals by focusing on how to achieve them. His personal attitude transformation was explained though three personal anecdotes pointing out his core idea: Choose to live, believe in yourself.

Research: During the presentation he made meaningful references to recognized personalities such as Einstein, Newton and Darwin. Also he made references to biological and economical theory insights. He used this references to support his story.

Sense of Audience: Maickel demonstrated his expertise as a professional lecturer. He used humor, common expressions for his cultural knowledge, gestures, voice inflection as well emotional and social conventions to deeply connect with the audience. He underscored his fundamental ideas using projected images, specific phrases, and key words in an economical approach to impact the public and make an environment of synergy with the public.

I think the author did an outstanding job presenting his ideas. I found it touching, inspiring, and additionally engaged my personal references when I recognized my own culture, believes, and expressions from our native country. I highly recommend this video.



Present Perfect

The second story I want to share is a promotional trailer of a documentary film. It is about a Seattle initiative to integrate a preschool and an home for the eldery. The production shows how the two generations together generate a meaningful relationship where sharing diary experiences building a supportive community where love, solidarity, and respect are seen everyday.

Story: The video shows how the diary exchange between little kids and elders changed positively their life, giving each a beautiful message of support, mutual understanding, and respect. As a promotional production I think the author did a beautiful job summarizing the initiative of putting together two generations and selecting impactful images and moments that showed the positive of this project.

Research: The presentation provided some statistics to support the importance of the project. I think it would be beneficial to add some initial and final explanation to better understand the project and it’s importance.

Sense of audience: The promotional trailer was made to create consciousness about the importance and benefits of the project. They provided space for comments and a link to support the initiative. I think it would be beneficial to add captions and translations to include a wider audience.

In my opinion well conceptualized advertisements and promotional productions are key to support valuable initiatives such as Providence Mount St. Vincent. I think they are doing a great job connecting the community with the idea and I applaud the integration with other platforms such as their web site and Facebook page with articles about the initiatives in different languages.

TDC My Opening Line

Self-discovery is becoming a daily surprise…

self-discovery intro

Week 2. Lessons Learned


This week I experienced the joy of feeling more fluent and active in our course. I decided what will be my focal theme: Empowering positive identity in immigrant students. I hope to develop meaningful digital productions orientated to promoting my personal interest. I enjoyed the daily engaging with peers’ productions and having the opportunity to expand my knowledge about different points of view. I read and connected deeper this week with the Lankshear and Knobel chapter. I found the value of the reading topic in regards to my focal theme.

In terms of digital skills I became more agile using some tools and platforms, but I also felt frustrated when I was developing the audio assignment. I had the intention to produce a touching audio production and spent several hours recording, selecting, and editing sounds. I found manipulating audio to be more difficult for me because I was using different software then I used before (I switched Windows to Mac a few months ago) and at the end the result wasn’t the one I envisioned. Additionally I still haven’t found a solution for my gravatar conflict with our ds106 group. I tried many ways to solve it but my gravatar is not showing in our page. I also learned if you post more that one WordPress post in one day, the next one shows the next day’s date, fortunately I post everything also in Twitter so I hope it doesn’t look like a late submission. I will consider how to manage posting each assignment on different days.

My personal checklist: I participated more comfortably. I read interesting additional articles and watched videos related to my interest. I found my focal theme. I consciously helped to build our community of learning. I provided comments after careful reflection of my peers ideas. I am managing better my student-mother-worker-housekeeping schedule. I experience joining, engaging, and frustration. I think I earned 9/10 because there is always a way to improve what I did.

Thank you group for a very productive weekWee

DS106AB – Sound of Your Day

I recorded the usual sounds during my mornings. I spent a lot of time selecting the ones that most represent my home environment. Finally I edited the recording and left the ones that show how I start my day. I do not feel comfortable publishing this audio because I have a strong sense of privacy. However I enjoyed creating and reviewing the project. I realized how familiar sounds provide me calm and sense of belonging. Routines accompanied by everyday sounds are important to maintain my personal balance and act as relaxing elements in my life.

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