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May Term DS106: It’s all about failing, publicly and often. Also, broccoli.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already more than 20% done with the first summer session offering of DS106. It’s been four days of intense activity and technical snafus.

Drinking from the DS106 Firehose: CC Some rights reserved by jiparker on Flickr

The technical issues have, at once, been the most frustrating aspect of the week — while also providing the most important “object lessons,” I think, so far. Continue reading May Term DS106: It’s all about failing, publicly and often. Also, broccoli.

On Authenticity and Creativity in DS106

Two of my students have raised an issue in the completion of their final projects for DS106 that has given me pause. Both of them expressed concern about whether I would believe that the work they were turning in was truly THEIR work. One of them suggested in an email to me ways in which she could prove this to me. The other preemptively wrote a supplementary blog post in which he included screenshots of the process of making his final mashup video, just in case I might think this work was not his. Continue reading On Authenticity and Creativity in DS106

DS106 By the Numbers

I’m not a huge one for quantitative data when it comes to education. I know that numbers often mask the truth of the story behind what’s happening in a class or in a particular student’s experience. But, at the same time, I think it’s important to gather that data (whenever possible) and to TRY to understand what it might represent. Not because it contains within itself some universal truth about the experience of learning, but because it often points us towards interesting questions (more fundamental, qualitative questions) about what it is we’re doing. Continue reading DS106 By the Numbers

ATTENTION Web Storytellers: Using Twitter?

If you’ve been working with a Twitter page to complete the DS106 web storytelling assignment, you’ve probably run into a problem. Basically, Twitter has an interface feature that hides tweets until you scroll down to the bottom of the page. For a variety of reasons, this feature doesn’t work properly when you save a local copy of the page. After a little hunting around, I’ve found a “fix.” You’re going to need to copy and paste the following small code snippet and paste it into your coded page in your text editor. You’ll need to place it somewhere between the opening and closing head tags: <head>. . .</head> Continue reading ATTENTION Web Storytellers: Using Twitter?

This American Textbook

When I was planning my Digital Storytelling class for this semester, I really struggled with the idea of not having a textbook. I definitely didn’t want a “Digital Storytelling for Dummies” kind of book. Nor did I really want a digital storytelling cookbook or primer. Actually, I didn’t want anything that had to do with digital storytelling — I just wanted some text that would be a good conversational entry point for the class into the notion of story, in general. Continue reading This American Textbook

More RSS for ds106

After this weekend’s mind blowing radio show extravaganza for ds106, I felt like I needed to find a way to make the various show audio files available for anyone who wanted to listen. (You can find most of them on students’ blogs, but it takes a bit of hunting to track them down.)

So, I created an RSS feed out of a Delicious tag and pulled it into FeedBurner (I didn’t have to do this last step, I just like to because then I can edit the title/description/feed image).

I give you DS106 Radio Miscellany. If you subscribe to it in iTunes (or whatever you use to listen to podcasts), you’ll be able to download the associated MP3 files.

But the big bonus is that since this is all originating from a Delicious tag, anyone can add new audio to the feed. The catch is that you have to bookmark the actual MP3 file, NOT the page on which the MP3 file is embedded in order or the podcasting to work. So, as stuff for DS106 radio is created and shared on blogs and elsewhere, feel free to tag the MP3s in Delicious with ds106mp3.


A Day in the Life

Let me tell you a little about today at DTLT.

This morning a business student wandered in who wants to do something with photography. She’s an amateur photographer and she just wants a way to make art as part of her life at UMW. Her advisor recommended she come talk to us. We weren’t sure of the best advice, so we gave her a couple of ideas, including contacting the student newspaper (which has an awesome UMW Blogs-based Web site) and recommend that they start some kind of regular online photography feature — that she would volunteer to oversee. We also recommended she talk to one of our student aides who is an English major and just wrote an article for the paper about DTLT. We thought they might want to work on something together.

Around 1:00 she wandered back over and met our aide. The two of them spent the next hour working on a proposal to build a community photography project at UMW. They’re going to pitch it to the paper, but if that doesn’t fly, they’ll just roll it themselves on UMW Blogs.

In the meantime, another student wandered in who had heard Jim speak about building an online portfolio as part of one her classes. She was so inspired by the talk that she went out and bought a domain name and Web hosting account. She was looking for some help getting up and running.

About 30 minutes later, another student group wandered in who have a way cool idea that I’m not allowed to blog about yet. But it’s cool and it’s online. And it grows out of some awesome stuff at UMW.

Our second student aide spent the afternoon hacking Drupal.

Yeah. That’s right.