Flexibility in the kinds of Digital Storytelling projects you do


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You will have the opportunity to create many, many different pieces of media throughout the semester. Inspiration for these projects can come from a number of places. Two are sites that inspired this class and are hosted by a digital storytelling class at the University of Mary Washington. One is their ds106 assignment repository which has project prompts that are categorized by a variety of media types (visual, design, audio, video, mashup, writing,fanfic, and animated gifs). You can browse through and sort by most examples completed, most viewed, newest, and more.

Their is also a site known as the daily create which gives a daily project prompt to make something using various media. If you post the completed piece with tags to the sites they feed from, you’ll see your work on that page as well.

Finally you can also browse through the main feed of this site and see work completed by students in the previous semester. Or find a particular site that has a media piece and/or project type of interest to you (Tumblr and/or Reddit can be fun for this – Photoshop Battles is a favorite of mine.

With a partner in class, browse through these sites and each of you should find two projects that you think you would like to do. One that you believe you already have the skills to do or you believe you could figure out on your own. And another (hopefully of a different media type) you don’t know how to do yet and would like to learn. Talk to each other about the assignments, what’s interesting and what you think you’d need to know to do it.

In a blog post, describe and link to two assignments/project ideas, tell us why you’ve chosen them. What you think you’d need learn to do them? How many of these kinds of projects do you think you should be doing in this semester so that you might learn and build both emergent storytelling skills and use new tools to create them? Why do you think these skills are or are not important?

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