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Week 13 & 14 I remixed a remix, it was back to normal.

I am going to use Jim Groom Lecture from 2012 for remix.  You need to really start listening around 3:30.  You will want to watch RiP: A Remix Manifesto first (given below).

For the next two weeks you’ll be exploring the culminating ideas of ds106–remixes and mashups– the artistic recasting of existing media into new forms by creative combination and editing. This will build off of your previous work in all media forms. And we will even remix our own assignments.

Finish Reading: Week 13 & 14 I remixed a remix, it was back to normal.

Week 11 & 12 I Want to See That Video

Making Movies

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You’ve read movies and done your pre-work. Now it’s time to make movies! Video is perhaps the most rich of storytelling forms, and over the next two weeks you will focus explicitly on video storytelling. The only assignments on your plate are to work on video assignments, and all of which are due in two weeks time.

But here is the warning, danger danger Will Robinson– DO NOT LEAVE THIS ALL FOR THE LAST WEEKEND. You should have a good start for the two assignments you did the pre-work for last week. You will get more feedback if you do some work this first week.

 

You will want to be using the video editor that allows you wo cut and re-arrange clips on a timeline, and to add, and layer audio tracks. Most typically this is the software that came with your operating system- iMovie on Macs and MovieMaker on Windows PCs (but feel free to look at some of the other options in the ds106 Handbook). Many of the assignments will require downloading of clips form YouTube (we have a tutorial if you need it). PC users may have challenges in importing the downloaded mp4 video files- you will either have to install codecs to read mp4 videos, or use a converter to change mp4 into AVI or WMV file formats.

It is also important focus on the storytelling aspect of your video making–do not focus on just the technical points or making the video just for the points..  Be very sure that your video tells a story somehow and that when you write up your blog post you are providing full details and context for your videos. Think about the shape of stories we studied in week 4.

Here is what you should be including in all of your video assignments for the next two weeks:

  • An opening title sequence and closing credits – make sure your video gives credit to media sources.
  • Makes good use of audio- keep in mind the lessons from audio storytelling- use of background music, sound effects, and/or foley.
  • Your blog writeup includes the key elements— narrative describing the ides/inspiration behind the video you created and also details on how it was made (including credits/links to media sources and at least one screen shot of your video editing screen).

It’s video, video, video.

Video Editing Resources

Check the ds106 Handbook Tools section for options on video editing tools and links to tutorials for iMovie and Movie Maker. Other resources that may help include:

Digital Knowledge Center

The Digital Knowledge Center (on the 4th floor of the ITCC) is open for business between 10 Am and 6 PM Monday through Thursday, and from 10 Am to 3 PM on Fridays. They are awesome, schedule an appointment to get focused help with using these video tools—you might even meet a fellow classmate :)

Required Video Assignment

Have a Conversation With yourself! or create a video where you sing multiple parts of a song similar to Jon Cozart or when Eddie Murphy in Coming to America played multiple people in the barber shop.

The Rest of the Video Mission

Over the next two weeks, your other task is completion of 5 assignment worth minimally 16 stars from the Video Assignments.  Focus on more than just completing the required numer of stars. Just doing 16 stars worth of work earns you a “C.”; going above and beyond and creating something interesting and compelling will move you into “B” and “A” territory.

All your video work should be uploaded to YouTube and you must write a post for each completed assignment in which you embed your YouTube video. If you are looking for a paragraph length, it should be at least 4 paragraphs.

Pay attention to Video the ds106 Way from http://ds106.us/open-course/unit-10-making-movies/ in regards to including credits, more complex audio, write-ups, etc.

Daily Create

Please complete 6 total daily creates, try to focus on video daily creates.

Weekly Summary

Due midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2015
Your week summary should not take much to do. Besides linking to the work you did for the last two weeks, make room to write some reflection on what you learned about creating stories in video — and not just the technical aspects, but what did you find were the compelling elements of story in the work you did in these two weeks.

Finish Reading: Week 11 & 12 I Want to See That Video

Week 10: Video Killed the Radio Star

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Finish Reading: Week 10: Video Killed the Radio Star

Week 9: Don’t believe anything you read on the net

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Stories in/of the Web

All the work your groups have done the last two weeks pays off as your shows will be broadcast on ds106 radio Monday night this week. As the last part of our audio segment, your task this weel will be to evaluate the show from another team and also self-evaluate your own team’s show.

In addition, we move to a different kind of storytelling, one that uses the space of existing web sites as a place for you to assert your own stories into them.

Radio Shows Go Live

The recorded radio shows are done and now we will listen  which you all have had experience listening to back in week four.

Your final task will be to listen to the show from another group. You will then write a blog post in which you evaluate the show, offer advice, suggestions, or compliments (be sure to link to the show!). In addition, you will provide the same evaluation for your own show, after having completed the work and listened to other ones.

Show People Who Need To Review People Who Created the Show
Grumpy Desperados  Stephanie King  Andrew Boswell
 James Baylor  Miles Davis
 Benjamin Brady  Adam Hoff
 Ashlyn Runk  Sean Morris
 Jack Brooks  Kelsey Stanbro
Show People Who Need To Review People Who Created the Show
The Verge  Andrew Boswell  Stephanie King
 Justin Lawrence  Ashlyn Runk
 Mitchell Eubank  Emma Sax
 Miles Davis  Miranda Skinner
 Tori Lear  Amanda Wassenberg
Show People Who Need To Review People Who Created the Show
Digital Story Fellers  Adam Hoff  James Baylor
 Emma Sax  Jack Brooks
 Maryna Matorina  Justin Lawrence
 Chantel Moton  Caleb Snow
 Rachel Stanford  Christopher Zimmerman
Show People Who Need To Review People Who Created the Show
Wacky History  Sean Morris  Benjamin Brady
 Kelsey Stanbro  Mitchell Eubank
 Miranda Skinner  Tori Lear
 Amanda Wassenberg  Maryna Matorina
 Caleb Snow  Chantel Moton
 Christopher Zimmerman  Rachel Stanford

Some criteria you can use to do this includes:

  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?
  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?
  • Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?
  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?
  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?
  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?
  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

Remember to use this as well to self-evaluate your own team’s show.

Telling Stories Within The Web

This might be a subtle distinction, but so far you have been using media (so far images, design, and audio) to create stories in the web spaces you publish to- this is writing stories ON the web. In this week, we play with this idea in a way, in that you will be asked to use the affordances of other web sites to change their intent, meaning, or purpose to tell a story in those spaces.

This Web Storytelling idea was first done in ds106 in the Spring of 2011 where the description for what we are asking you to do is

Over the next week we’ll be playing with storytelling within the web. What does this mean? Well, Martha Burtis lays out the idea nicely in this post here about the idea behind this assignment (read it!), but to briefly summarize: you will be intervening in the code and design of a website of your choice to tell a story. You are not to photoshop the design of the site (if you can), but rather intervene in the actual html and CSS of the site—though you can photoshop particular images on the site.

Perhaps the most well known examples take place on Amazon pages such as The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee where people have intervened just in the product comments to make this ordinary t-shirt have magical powers. It becomes a way of making a political statement as read in the comments of a children’s aircraft toy (hat tip to @bellekid). Or read how Phillippe Dubost’s resume modded to look like an Amazon product worked out pretty good for him. See more examples of Amazon Funniest Product Reviews – these are all ways in which an ordinary web page is fictionalized in a creative way simply through comments.

You are not being asked to code web pages; but we have tools that you can use in a web browser to modify the content of an existing web page, change the text, images, and links, so that it has different content and meaning. Some examples by previous ds106 students include:

The story creation part means finding an existing web page to work with as raw material -good candidates are newspaper stories, product entries in sites like Amazon or eBay, movie/book reviews — in fact, simpler pages like a search result or Craigslist are easier to work with.

The tools you can use allow you to, in a web browser, actually modify the content. The trick is then to save it as a raw HTML web page, and upload it to your own web directory (this means returning to your UMW Domains control panel to upload files to your site). The end goal is to have both a screen shot image and an real working web page you created.

Here are a few approaches you can take for this project:

X-Ray Goggles

Mozilla X-Ray Googles tool is is meant to help you see (like an x-ray) how web content is structured:

X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

What you should do is review the X-Ray Googles instructions and install the tool in your browser bar. (this will work in any modern web browser). This can be invoked directly on any web page you want to explore and change Goggles provides an overlay interface to change text, formatting, even images — essentially to rewrite any web page.

When you are done, you’ll need to save your changed code – click “P” in the bottom left when the X-Ray Googles are activated. The easy way is to publish it on the Hackasaurus site, from which you will get a URL, but if you want to go extra geeky, you can save the code and make it a page in your own site (this is by no means necessary).

  1. When you hit Publish in Hackasuarus, use the option to “download” your code which gives a display of HTML code. Copy that in its entirety.
  2. On your computer, open up the app that is a plain text editor- in Windows this is NotePad, on the Mac it is Text Edit. DO NOT USE MS WORD. DO NOT USE MS WORD. Did we say DO NOT USE MS WORD. IT WILL RUIN YOUR PROJECT!
  3. Paste all the stuff you copied.
  4. If you are using TextEdit on the Mac, Select “Make Plain Text” from the Format menu.
  5. Save it as a file that ends in .txt
  6. From your desktop, change the file name so its extension is “.html”
  7. Open this file (it should appear in your web browser)and make sure it looks like the page you redesigned. You may get weird warnings for things like flash, etc. Ignore them.
  8. Start editing your blog post. Click the “add media” button (It is one of the icons just above the editing tools, towards the left side.
  9. Upload the html file
  10. Edit the “title” field to be the text you want to make hyperlinked
  11. Make sure you use the option nest to Link URL for “File URL” This is the web address of your new page.
  12. Click insert

And now you have a link to a standalone web page on your own site.

Your work then is to do one Storytelling Within the Web assignment – write a blog post with the usual writeup components, and include both a screen shot of your reworked page and a link to a live web version of your retold web story page. This is a five star assignment.

Raw Code

If you are down and dirty with web code, you can save the raw source of a web page and reconstruct the content in HTML. This approach is not for the faint of hear! We recommend taking it ONLY if you have some experience with writing/editing HTML.

More Web Storytelling

We have a few more of these kinds of activities in the ds106 Web Assignments section – your task is to do 2 assignment worth at least 6 stars.

Daily Creates

You should be very deft now at doing the Daily Create assignments, so we are going to ask that you add a new component this week. You are to do at least four Daily Creates this week. When you have completed your four, look at them and find a way to connect them in a story. Re-edit your captions of your flickr photos, you tube videos, and soundcloud recordings so that there is a narrative that uses the media AND links them (via a hyperlink) between these media.

So your story might start with a flickr image, then link to a YouTube video, and then link back to another flickr image. The idea here is to construct a story that jumps across these media sites in a way that works as a single story.

Weekly Summary

Your weekly summary and personal reflection post is due by midnight on Sunday, October 25. Your post should include the following:

  • Evaluation of the other radio show you are assigned to review, as well as one for your own group.
  • Complete the Storytelling within the Web assignment
  • Complete 2 assignment worth at least 6 stars Web Assignments (other than the storytelling within the web one).
  • Complete 4 daily creates and connect them as one web based story.

Week 7 & 8 “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Audio and the Big Radio Show

radio_radio_logoWelcome to Weeks Seven & Eight of ds106. Somewhere in here is official half-way point for the class. Congratulations, you’re half-way to reclaiming your life again!   All work is to be summarized, except the radio show, in a single blog post for this stretch due midnight October 18th.

Its in your own and your groups interest to not let the work slide until the end (c.f.Recipe for Disaster) Finish Reading: Week 7 & 8 “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Week 6 “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

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If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Finish Reading: Week 6 “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Week 5 “Photography is a love affair with life.”

Burk Uzzle: 1938 Uzzle is an American documentary photographer. He still holds the title of the youngest photographer ever to be hired by Life Magazine. “Photography is a love affair with life.”

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Telling Stories in Photos

In doing ds106 Daily Creates you’ve already been using photography and drawing skills, plus you’ve had some practice on doing visual stories from our introduction to storytelling. In this week we go a bit deeper and give you the opportunity to practice telling stories in primarily visual form. Now it’s time go from someone who maybe takes a lot of snapshots to one who thinks more about composition, framing, and being more intentional with your photo making. Even if you are an accomplished photographer, it is always something you can can better at by honing skills or trying new approaches.

This will also be the first week most of our work comes from the ds106 Assignment Collection – make sure that you are writing up your assignments to meet the   criteria for writing up your digital assignments.


Finish Reading: Week 5 “Photography is a love affair with life.”

Week 3 Learning how to Learn is One of the Most Important Skills in Life

Remember

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Finish Reading: Week 3 Learning how to Learn is One of the Most Important Skills in Life

Week 2 Always believe something wonderful is about to happen

Setup Continued,The Daily Create and First Digital Story

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Video shows some of my website before my most recent changes but besides the look and feel all content is all here.

Finish Reading: Week 2 Always believe something wonderful is about to happen