Great Start to the Course!

Hello Digital Storytellers!

On this hot and sunny Sunday afternoon (I live in PA, if you’re wondering why I’m somewhere hot and sunny, and you might be in the rain!) I’m busy reading the great stuff you all posted this week and working on your groups for next week. On that note, don’t forget to submit your theme proposal to the online form by the end of today (Sunday)!

I just have to say how impressed I am with all of you. The first week of this class is challenging, and you all took it in stride, and produced some really great media, critiques and “visual” stories. I feel like I’m learning bits and pieces about you personally though these stories. For those of you that may have felt like this was a huge struggle, or anyone that wants some inspiration here are some links to the work I did last year:

I left out the chapter critiques because my readings were slightly different last year. On that note I wanted to talk a bit about your interest-driven scholarship. These pieces of writing do not have to be a separate blog post from your required reading response (but if you want to keep it that way, that’s cool too). What happened with me last year is something in my readings would prompt me to do some research on another topic. For example, this post from my week one reading response last year. A section of the chapter really made me think about another topic, so I went and found some research and incorporated it into my response.

Now that I’m done with required business, I’m going to tell you a story… Something really cool happened to me this week!

As you all know, I took this class last year, and if you remember my focal theme was “The experiences of a new mother”. This class was just as public last year in terms of blogging and assignment submission as it is this year. So, all of my assignments, critiques, daily creates, etc. are all still available on my blog. A mommy blogger, or at least as far as I can tell, a digital media journalist (I don’t speak Spanish) somehow stumbled upon one of the critiques that I did, and tweeted out a link to all of her followers (over 4000 of them).

This resulted in that particular blog post getting over 1500 views! How cool is that?

Digital Babies Lisa

 

I find it fitting that this happened the first week of this course. It just goes to show that your work is out there, and someday maybe you’ll reach a larger audience!

Week 1 Activities

The following summarizes activities for the first week of INTE 4340/5340 Learning with Digital Stories (Monday, June 6th through Sunday, June 12th). As noted, some activities and links to resources are intentionally private and are only accessible to course participants via our Canvas LMS.

ASAP:

  • Start reading this blog (such as Lisa’s amazing introductory post!)
  • Join Twitter
  • Join Hypothesis
  • Set up a WordPress blog
  • Add your info to “Our Info” (accessibly only via Canvas)
  • Register your (new) WordPress blog with DS106 via this link (and make sure to affiliate with our course!)

By Thursday 6/9:

  1. Produce your first DS106 Daily Create
    • Tweet your Daily Create to #ds106 and #ILT5340
    • Use Hypothesis and add your first Daily Create as a public annotation to this blog page. In other words, annotate this text right here with your creative media! (Also, this may require that you host your created media via Flickr, YouTube, or a similar platform.)

By Friday 6/10:

  1. Blog about your DS106 Assignment Bank Visual creation
  2. Read Lankshear & Knobel (2007) Chapter 1: Sampling “the New” in New Literacies (accessible from our Course Readings)
  3. Add your Hypothesis web annotations to this week’s course readings (both required and those recommended readings based upon your interest)
    • This week we’ll be annotating as one large group using the private “Summer 16 ILT5340” group.
    • Your invitation to this private annotation group is linked via Canvas.
  4. Blog your response to our course readings and your interest-driven scholarship (for grad students only)
    • Interest-driven means based upon your personal interest – go find some awesome scholarship to read and write about!
    • Follow the reading response blogging criteria posted in Canvas
    • Promote your blog publicly via Twitter (#ds106 and #ILT5340)
  5. Blog your Week 1 story critique
    • Follow the critiques of digital stories criteria posted in Canvas
    • Promote your blog publicly via Twitter (#ds106 and #ILT5340)

By Sunday 6/12:

  1. Produce your second DS106 Daily Create
    • Tweet your Daily Create to #ds106 and #ILT5340
    • Use Hypothesis and add your second Daily Create as a public annotation to this blog page. In other words, annotate this text right here with your creative media!
  2. Use Hypothesis to annotate 2 of your colleagues’ story critiques (their blog posts)
    • This week you can choose any 2 peer blog posts to annotate
    • Post your annotations to the private “Summer 16 ILT5340” group
  3. Use Hypothesis to annotate 2 of your colleagues’ reading responses (their blog posts)
    • This week you can choose any 2 peer blog posts to annotate
    • Post your annotations to the private “Summer 16 ILT5340” group
  4. Write your Week 1 reflective summary
    • Follow our criteria for weekly reflections posted in Canvas
    • You are welcome to either publicly blog this reflective summary or to send it privately to Lisa and Remi via email
  5. Propose your storytelling focal theme by completing our proposal form (accessible privately via Canvas)