I had never heard of digital storytelling of ds106 until just this week.  I know that this probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows me or has read any of my other blogs about technology.  It’s not that I don’t like technology I just haven’t embraced it.  I use what I need and when I have to use something new I struggle through until I learn enough to use it and go on from there.  As with many adults around my age I think my teenage kids could run circles around me.

Ds106 is a digital format for telling a story.   It is an online course through the University of Mary Washington.  The course is free and you can join whenever you want to join.  This is just plain out strange to me, nothing is free and it is unheard of being able to join when you want.  The biggest shocker is that there is not a teacher.  This makes this program very unique from the get go.

There are different ways in which the story can be told through ds106.  Some of the ways are audio, video, writing, drawing, and photography.  I have to admit I am rather apprehensive about having to make a video or audio recording.  I have had to do this for a class in the past and it is not my strong suit.  I guess this will be my chance to learn how to do something new.  I am excited about the photography and drawing.  I like doing both of these things and I look forward to doing these.

I can see using something like this in a future classroom.  I think it would be a nice alternative to the usual written assignment.  Students who are naturally more creative and those who aren’t, can explore and create with this kind of project.  If the students were allowed to choose which kind of technology they wanted to present in would help them to “own” the project.  This project would help students get a chance to explore different kinds of technology.  Since the presentation is fairly short it wouldn’t take long for the class to share their projects with others.  I also like the idea that they aren’t supposed to take a long time to create.

Well here I go.  I will be doing my 30 Day Create challenge, starting soon.  We’ll see what I come up with.


2 thoughts on “DS106

  1. I think it’s really cool that DS106 is more of a community than a class. Or at least equally as much a community. So much of it is crowd-sourced now and there are so many ways to participate and enter the class, so many different paths. The success and liveliness of the course always encourages me to try to decentralize more of my teaching and my courses, though it’s always challenging to figure out how to do that effectively.


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