Digital literacy is vital in today’s media-saturated world. It is valuable to be able to critically analyze media sources and to know how to communicate in the most popular media formats. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to be immersed in the technical world in a variety of ways and agree with what the business research studies show: people today want their information available on the web and packaged in short easy to comprehend formats. They want the “meat” without the “potatoes”.
To better understand how I have arrived at this point in my journey, I will have to invite you to come along on my 'Pilgrim's Progress' and allow me to explain how I arrived at this destination. I did not start out loving technology, I actually went backwards so to speak. Surprisingly enough I found myself fascinated by the stories my professor wove when he talked about how archaeology was able to uncover the day to day life of prehistoric indians, so I decided on that fateful fall day in my sophomore year at the University of Delaware to pursue archaeology. The following summer I participated in a 10-week field school and got the experience of a lifetime working on 10,000 BP to contact period sites which morphed into a career spanning 13 years. I learned many things while working at the University of Delaware's Center for Archaeological Research, one of which provided me with a solid research perspective. Field work led to lab work, led to technical editing on numerous publications and co-authoring nine of them culminating in assisting the directing of the research center as grew and took on numerous projects spanning multiple states and time periods.
I retired from archaeology when my second daughter was born with a severe heart deformity called hypo-plastic left heart syndrome and never looked back with regret. Necessity required me to work once again in the following years and I found myself at Edgecraft in a job that combined research and production. This presented me with another comprehensive view of real life expectations. One cannot simply be taught how to work in a real world setting; one learns best by practical knowledge gained with on-the-job training.
Some time later, after many part time jobs, a work from home career, and Rebekah dying (a story for another time) I re entered the workforce by starting at AmeriSpec Home Inspection company. My marketing experience developed a skill in telling a story and telling it well so that others will listen and buy a product. This opened my eyes to the value of presentation. At AmeriSpec I learned that taking information and presenting it in an engaging way is crucial and critical as more information will be presented in a digital format in the future.
These life skills woven together with the video classes I have taken, my independent videography contract work and multimedia skills I learned at the University of Delaware History Media Center and Department of Geography have all come together to form my current interest and passion that I believe will be at the forefront for the rest of my life.
I desire to create digital stories and teach others how to create digital stories and scholarly digital stories The old saying 'Walk a mile in my shoes' is really true. We all have a story to tell in the life we have led. We have lessons taught that are worth sharing to inspire and guide others as they are on their trek. I hope to be a part of helping these stories to be told.
This website is not only my ePortfolio required by my program curriculum it is a window into who I am.