Visiting the ds106 webpage was overwhelming. There was SO much information; I had no idea where to start. I also had basically zero prior knowledge about the term ds106, so you could say that the ceiling for learning was pretty high. After spending some time poking around the webpage and clicking on numerous different links and tabs within it, I think I have a much better idea of what the heck ds106 is all about.
Originating from the University of Mary in Washington, ds106 started as an online college course offered for the students there at the University. The goal was for the students who took this course to become familiar with the world of digital storytelling and begin contributing their own creations to the digital world. Fast forward a few years and ds106 is now an online course available to anyone and everyone who has access to a computer with internet connection. The best part about all of this is that you can begin participating in course activities and assignments whenever you want to and there is no obligation or requirement to continue. You can keep going as long as you want or stop whenever if you choose to do so. Sounds great, right? There’s one other thing that I forgot to mention…it’s completely free! There are zero fees to take part in this course, no matter how long you are a part of it!
Digital storytelling comes in the form of five different media types: writing, photography, drawing, audio, and video. While I hope to be proficient in the use of every one of these by the end of our Daily Create Challenge, there are a couple of them that I am not super comfortable working with right now. Writing, photography, and even drawing to some extent are all things I am semi-knowledgeable about. I don’t have a ton of experience editing pictures, but I feel like this is something I will be able to figure out without too many issues. Audio and video make me a little more nervous though. These are the two categories where I am the least experienced and will definitely be out of my comfort zone.
While jumping into the ds106 course makes me a little hesitant, I am excited to learn as much as I can! Taking part in the digital world allows us to tell our own unique stories however we want to. Many of the people who see the creations you have shared online will not know you outside of that environment and this gives you a chance to be fearlessly artistic, in a way that you might not feel comfortable doing so otherwise.
I could see myself using the Daily Create, depending on which grade I was teaching. If it is one of the older grades, I could go through the assignments ahead of time and select the ones that I feel are age appropriate and would work well in my classroom. In the younger grades, I might be able to choose an assignment and we could work through it together as a group.
I’m sure once I learn some rad new skills, I will be eager to share them with others around me! I definitely don’t feel like a technology wiz right now, but I have a feeling this might begin to change through the daily create challenge as a part of ds106.