10/15/21 – 10/22/21
Everyone worked through major projects these past weeks, so we’re going to reflect on what the class has accomplished. We’ve looked at writing on the web and the power of the hyperlink. We’ve worked with images, design and audio and considered their role in storytelling. We’ve looked at how we can use the web to work together to create stories. Going forward, we need to combine the skills we’ve developed and build on them.
Radio Shows Broadcasting Schedule
Monday: How To Survive: Advice From The Five & The Tea on Social Media Radio Show
Tuesday: The Joy of Music & Vault 106
Wednesday: The Undergraduate Monster Wash & The Roy Rogers Show – “The Missing Painter”
The radio shows that were created last week will be broadcast live on ds106radio (you can listen here) this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Members of the groups should be on hand to talk about the behind-the-scenes work for their shows. If technology wants to cooperate (and that’s a big if), I will offer people the opportunity to discuss their shows on air.
Everyone who can should be on Discord during the shows to share feedback real time using the #ds106radio channel.
Everyone should reflect on at least one radio show they listened to and were not a part of creating. Describe the experience of listening, the various sound elements employed, what parts worked, what parts didn’t, etc. Be thoughtful, critical, and most importantly respectful. Also, reflect on the experience of listening to your own show with the rest of the class as an audience. Tag this radiolisten.
Two fun opportunities
There are two contests running until the end of October:
- Narrate Your Own Twilight Zone Competition 2021 https://rodserling.com/narrate-your-own-twilight-zone-competition-2021/
- GIF IT UP https://gifitup.net/
Ds106 should rule these competitions, so if anyone wants to take part, you could blog about your submission and it can count as an assignment. What would a Bob Ross Twilight Zone episode be like? That would have fantastic possibilities. I think all you need to submit for the Twilight Zone competition is a script, but it would be fun to perform it in a video project. The GIF It Up competition involves animating still images from certain gallery collections. Plotaverse (https://plotaverse.com/) might come in handy for this, but there are many other ways to do it. You don’t have to take advantage of these opportunities, but you can if you feel adventurous.
In the weeks ahead, we will work on video, remix/mashup, and final projects. We will see a lot of the work we’ve been doing come together. Concepts of design and storytelling, layering and editing, photography and sound production all play a part in video. You worked on a major collaborative project over these past two weeks. Historically, most people approach the group projects with trepidation, and most come away having enjoyed the experience. From what I’ve heard so far, that seems to hold true this semester as well. We can inspire each other when we bounce our ideas around and share our thoughts and creativity. So, you have the option of working together, virtually or otherwise, on projects going forward. Everyone has to do their part and blog about it individually, of course. We should also start thinking about longer narratives, like we did with the radio project. In particular, let’s consider the final project prompt: What is the story you want to share with the world? How can we take our stories and make it into something meaningful to an audience? What does it have to say to the world at large? Put these in a post and tag it projectideas. I’m making this a light week specifically so you can give attention to this. We can use these ideas for inspiration during video week and for final project ideas.
Connected Daily Creates
We’ve had a lot of great work on the Daily Create assignments, so we are going to try something a little different. Do at least three Daily Creates this week. After you’ve done them, look at them and find a way to tie them together in a story. You could put them together in one blog post, but if you can hyperlink them together, even better! That would mean constructing a story that jumps across media sites in a way that works as a single story. If you really can’t make it work with the Daily Creates that come up, you can reach back to this past week, but no further. You can make it easy on yourself by starting early.
Revisit Your Work
This week, you should pick two assignments you’ve already completed and significantly revise them, improve upon them, or remix them with something else. This is an opportunity to spend more time on something you might have rushed through before or to bring a new twist to an assignment you’ve already done and enjoyed. Share your revised work and tell us why you reworked them, what you reworked, and how you feel about the process. Tag this ds106rework.
Posts of the Week: What is the best work of the ds106 class this week? Vote for the top three posts with this form. Don’t vote for your own work though.
And of course, the usual commenting! And weekly summary.