Coordinator // Sonia Chaidez

Sonia Chaidez’s position is centered on building programs and projects that blend pedagogy with digital technologies.  She teaches digital storytelling as a pedagogical tool to engage students in higher order thinking, deep learning and to build digital literacy skills.  Sonia has done presentations on digital storytelling as a way to build 21st century literacy skills; the ability to use digital, visual, textual and technological tools in learning at national and international conferences. Sonia’s teaching and learning interests are also mapping, wearable technologies, augmented reality and film studies. Sonia has made documentary films for the social sciences in Mexico, Cuba, Syria and Iraq to show the plight of cultures trying to preserve their history while adapting to modernity.

As part of DigLibArts, Sonia helps to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication.

You can learn more about Sonia on her website and on Twitter as @soniachaidez.

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Sonia’s Blog Posts

MADLAB: The Evolution of the Technology Commons

The commons has been an important ideal for libraries and colleges for a long time: a collaborative, multi-department resource that is open to all ...

Digital Storytelling Learning Communities

Digital Storytelling is about community.  We tell stories to transfer knowledge, to make sense of experience and to teach values. Stories address ...

Finding Community Through Digital Literacy

“Que viva la mujer! Que viva Whittier!” exclaims Maria de la Luz while speaking about her photo featuring a group of women who have bonded over ...

PhotoVoice: Participatory Photography as a Digital Storytelling Tool

This semester students from the paired course “Medical Sociology and the Science Behind Obesity” are engaging in a new way to do digital ...