In today’s videoTim Owens and I take you through the Web Storytelling assignment step-by-step. This assignment is due Wednesday at midnight. Please post it to your blog and tag it as “webstories” (no quotes).
Please note the ds106 radio shows are due tonight (7/11) at midnight and the shows will air tomorrow starting at 1:30 PM and run through the evening. Be sure to have one of your group members following the radio stream during that time and have access to Twitter and Skype so that you can come on the radio and talk about your radio show. You can get on ds106 radio by following these directions: http://bit.ly/radio4life Keep in mind there will be no formal class tomorrow, but you will all be asked to monitor the ds106radio station from 1:30 PM on.
On Wednesday, 7/13, we will start the introduction to the video section of this course at 1:30 PM. Please be ready to contribute your favorite web video examples during this session, which will be led by Jim Groom’s twin brother Tim Groom.
On Thursday, 7/14, Andy Rush will take us through the specifics of web video, covering everything from codecs to compression to video editing tools and more. This session will also be held at 1:30 PM.
It occurred to me that Jim Groom, given his altered state, may not have given the class some examples of radio shows that have been done already in what was once simply #ds106. Therefore I have taken it upon myself, as a good professor, to provide you with some solid examples of both radio shows and bumpers from previous courses to use as a model as you create your own.
The idea behind the radio show is to frame a series of stories/narratives that experiment with telling stories orally through sound on the radio. While the bumpers are used to both to promote your show, as well as transition neatly between different sections of your groups show—if they are, indeed, distinct. Bumpers can be very short, i.e., 15 to 30 seconds, or as long as a minute. The general theme for the show should be focused around Summer Camp or Summer of Oblivion. Hopefully either gives you room to experiment. Ideally your group will work together to come up with a show that is both coherent and original. What’s more, it should be something that you all can work on together or individually. That said, please try and make it work as a longer, compelling show that is at least 5 minutes per person as a rule (or 20 minutes if there are 4 groups members).
If you want examples of shows from students in the previous classes, see my May ds106 course’s “Dog Days of Summer” show here:
What follows is a copy of the email I will be sending out to the ds106 Summer of Oblivion course members shortly.
Here is the link to today’s abbreviated course session:
Keeping up with the ds106 Radio Show
In light of Jim Groom’s disappearance, I think I need to step in and establish some kind of order and reaffirm that we must remain one as a class, and put all our divisions aside. What’s more, you must get your assignments done! Today’s video was short and sweet, and provided a review of where we are and a look at where we are going—with or without Jim Groom.
As a quick recap. you should already have your radio groups formed and each group should have a name and list of members on this wiki page here. Also, your groups :30 second and one minute bumpers are due for your radio show by tomorrow, Friday, July 8th, at 5 PM. In addition, the show is due no later than midnight on Sunday July 10th (this deadline is not negotiable). Finally, the shows will air on Monday, July 11th starting at 2 PM and going through the evening.
Telling Stories in/on the Web Assignment
What’s more, as a look of things to come we will be experimenting with web storytelling, wherein you each will be asked to hack a website and make it your own. Here is an example I worked on today to give you an example of what one of them might look like: http://marthaburtis.net/ds106_amazon.html
This assignment will be the subject of Monday’s course, and the course will be centered on this assignment but in order to get a head start see the video about how to execute this assignment here and the very detailed tutorial here. You can see some ideas and the vision of this assignment on Jim Groom’s blog here, before he lost it entirely.