Digital Storytelling ds106 Week 1: Bootcamp

This is my first weekly summary, in response to ds106 Week One: Bootcamp. I’m in the first week of the ds106 syllabus and anyone who started the course on time is 10 weeks ahead of me. That’s the beauty of participating in this online Digital Storytelling course as it’s wide open to anyone and participants can pick their own timing.

This week’s media were inspring and thought provoking. Robert Hughes on the purpose of art and that meaning is created by individuals bridging a sense of history and an experience of the world. He articulated what we aspire to do on this blog. And Stephen Johnson on the recurring patterns and places where inspiration and innovation occur and the importance of connectedness: “chance favors the connected mind.” In John Cage’s Rules for Students and Teachers, rule #7 -“the only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something” – resonates with Ira Glass’ advice shared with Phonar students, “work hard, be prodigious.”

Here are my Daily Creates for this week:

tdc299 – Take a photo of something that represents how old you feel.

tdc233 – Show us your keychain and tell us a story about the keys and/or things you have on it.

Here are links to my posts on:

My revised About page is here.

In reflecting on the first week of ds106, what was hard was deciding to video myself and post it on YouTube, especially talking about my keys. This week’s assignment taught me rudiments of using iMovie and uploading to YouTube and embedding a tweet in a blog post. Mostly mechanics of the various sharing technologies and tools. I’m looking forward to becoming more familiar with them so that the tools aren’t in the way and are serving me better, so I can focus on storytelling.