New Ways to Explore Denver – Digital Story Critique #6


This week I found an amazing website for exploring Denver.  It is called the Denver Story Trek.  This website provides opportunities for you to have an interactive tour of historical sites in Denver, and it is free!  A new addition to the program is the ability to get texts about your specific trek.  You should be able to receive and answer clues about your trek based on where you are at.  You can also call in to hear stories about the different sites you are at or download them to iTunes before your visit.  After your visit, you can download the story of your trek to share with others on the Denver Story Trek website – community learning and relationships! For this critique, I will focus on the specific trek to the Byers-Evans House Museum and will be using Lankshear and Knobel’s Ch 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing to critique this story.

Byers-Evans House Museum

  1. What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?  The creators know their subject matter and provide both educational insights as well as personal stories.  I loved hearing from Margaret Hayden, a granddaughter of Ms. Evans.
  2. How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story? It would be interesting to take this trek and listen to the stories while you were there.  Just hearing them online is good, but is lacking in the visual aspect.  I would love to see them develop and app and put all of this information together in one place: The treck map, clues, scavenger hunts, audio stories and well as pictures of people and places.  You can find all of this on the website, but it takes a little digging. 
  3. What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story? At the present time, the website states that the trek maps are down and that they are working on getting them back up.  I would like to see what they look like and would also like to try out the text messaging option.  I think with the addition of these two aspects, the stories would come to life.
  4. Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement? I mentioned this before, but I think this site could be enhanced by creating an app that would house all of this information so you could easily access it while you were out doing the trek.  I was able to download scavenger hunts for several of the treks, but had to go searching for them and accidentally found them by following links to other websites.  Again, maybe more of this is provided on the trek maps.  We plan to try a couple out tomorrow, so I will let you know how it goes!

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