This podcast is a recording of my keynote address for the 2009 PodStock conference, held in Wichita, Kansas, on May 1-2, 2009. This part 1 of a 2 part series on Storychasing: Empowering Students as Digital Witnesses. Part 2 will be presented online this weekend on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 1900 GMT (2 pm CST) as a keynote for the Webheads in Action Convergence 2009 Conference. Please join us for part 2! (It will also be recorded and shared here afterwards.) The official conference program description for this sesson was/is: Just as a stormchaser uses available technologies, knowledge and skills to pursue and document an impending thunderstorm, storychasers use their tools and abilities to document stories of local, regional, national or international interest. In our classrooms and after-school programs, as educators we can empower learners of all ages to become digital witnesses and responsible citizen journalists as storychasers. Whether on a school field trip, conducting research for a class project or school journalism assignment, or interviewing local residents to share about their lives and experiences, storychasers can and are utilizing a rich array of new media tools to create, communicate, and collaborate. Come learn how to join the storychaser’s communication revolution, and catalyze the development of a diverse array of 21st century as well as traditional literacy skills with students in your local community who can become empowered storychasers!


Show Notes:

  1. This presentation is available as a Slidecast on SlideShare (presentation slides synced to an audio mp3 recording)
  2. Official Schedule for WebHeads in Action Online Convergence 2009 Conference
  3. My WIAOC 2009 Presentation Wiki Page (Part 2 of this Series on Storychasing)
  4. What Did You Do in School Yesterday, Today, and Three Years Ago? by H. Songhai (2008 K-12 Online Conference Presentation)
  5. Kevin Honeycutt
  7. Presentation wiki (with additional resource links)
  8. Multimedia Slides on SlideShare
  9. Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 Digital Audio Recorder
  10. 2009 Mother’s Day Podcast (created free with GCast – no cell phone recording used tho)
  11. Audacity (free, open source audio editor)
  12. Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
  13. Celebrate Oklahoma Voices Project wiki
  14. StoryChasers
  15. TwitPic: Hudson River Landing (15 Jan 2009)
  16. In Hudson River Landing, PR Pros Were Not the First Responders (5 Feb 2009)
  17. StoryChasers
  18. Mother’s Day Podcasts (Carol Anne McGuire)
  19. Radio WillowWeb
  20. A Day to Remember (Celebrate Oklahoma Voices digital story about the inauguration by Renee Hall
  21. Additional links available on my wiki curriculum, “Publish Audio At-Will and Geo-Storychasing”
  22. Follow Wesley on Twitter:

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