This blog is part of my proposed sabbatical project that will focus on podcasts and digital storytelling, two types of social media. Social media is sharing stories and experiences, or discussing information primarily by using Internet-based tools that integrates technology, text, pictures, videos, audio and social interaction as a way to share meaning among communities. Podcasts and digital storytelling are only two methods by which communicators deliver their messages to a diverse but wired population. A wired population primarily uses the internet to send and receive information and messages. By investigating and evaluating these podcasts and digital storytelling as social media that are revolutionizing the communication industry, the proposed research should enhance my ability to stay current in my professional communication field. In addition, the proposed research will in the future prepare students to become more employable in a competitive market by preparing them to use social media as tools to communicate with diverse populations. Furthermore, to aid in assessment, a learning outcome in communication classes will be initiated to monitor if the students are adept at using social media to communicate.
In order to explore the different social media I wanted a topic I could blog about, create a digital story and explore other social media--thus the Dueber-Hampden Watch Factory was selected.
In addition, I was awarded an individual artist's grant from the Arts in Stark (Canton, Ohio) to fund in part the development of the digital story about the Dueber-Hampden Watch Factory.
 Podcast is an audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player. Although many podcasts are played on a regular computer, the original idea was to listen on a portable device (Ipod); hence, the "pod" name from "iPod.” Although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music, images and video. (http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=podcast&i=49433,00.asp)
 Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitally.
- Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association
 Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and "building" of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.
 Wired using computers to send and receive information, esp. via the internet-Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006 HarperCollins Publishers, 2004,06