How much digital storytelling practice do I need?

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It was great to guest lecture for Ryan’s Tuesday class. We learned to use’s Youtube Video to GIF tool, which is really easy to use and creates pretty good quality GIFs. LET’S DANCE I KNOW HOW TO GIF!!!

I also moved quickly through a stop motion animation to GIF exercise. This screencast teaches you how to use Photoshop to import a sequence of images and convert them into animated GIF. Try it out with any set of images, whether for stop motion or to create a GIF collage. Here’s what I made:



In my Thursday class I made another tutorial which describes how to make timing edits to an existing GIF. Check out a couple of these GIF remixes made in class:

Basic looping forward and back.
Randomly reordered frames with various frame timings


Also, we saw limited response in student posts about how many digital storytelling projects should be done as part of our co-creation of the syllabus process. So I made a Poll in a Google Form. Please fill it out if you haven’t already.

Finally, Ryan and I have our first reading (a documentary actually) that relates to web culture for you to consider and respond to, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Swartz played a huge role in the way people think about and use the world wide web. As a precocious teenage programmer he helped develop RSS which is used ubiquitously to feed web content from site to site; we use in this blog to generate feeds of posts. He created the site to implement the copyright alternative ‘creative commons’ licensing. And he founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act. But tragically at the age of 26, Swartz committed suicide while under federal indictment for data theft.

Watch the film and find something about Swartz or the web in general you found particularly meaningful, and how it was important to the future of the web and/or web culture. In a post, describe this interesting ‘nugget’ and tell us why you feel it’s important. See if you can use that piece of information discovered and lead us to a related story, post, and or piece somewhere else online. Share some thoughts about that additional discovery. And finally feel free to create/discover a piece of media and embed it in your post. If you make something that can count as a digital storytelling project too! 😉

2 thoughts on “How much digital storytelling practice do I need?”

  1. This was an amazing documentary. I was impressed with this young man’s intellect and hunger for pursuing his dreams. I also commend his parents for not deterring him from his purpose. The most important element of this film is the fact that Aaron was willing to stand up for what he believed and do something about it. His desire was to give equal access to the those who desire quality information regardless of their ability to pay. The documents were journals and materials that were necessary to empower people to learn or advance their learning. Aaron felt that he had the ability to provide accessibility to that information and at the risk of him getting in trouble, he persevered because he thought it was that important. Often times, we don’t stand up for anything even if it doesn’t cost us much. His convictions were strong and he was able to make his mark on the digital world. He will forever be archived and cited by the new age digital workers. Much of the work he did sets the stage for a lot of what we do and have access to digitally and what future generations will have access to and use. Had I not taken this class, I would not have encountered this information…I won’t take the digital world and access for granted anymore. I have learned to broaden my horizon and venture into information that is outside my scope! Wow!

    1. The trajectory the internet takes and it’s importance to society keeps evolving. Just yesterday there was a really big vote by the FCC to reclassify broadband internet access as a utility. Which sounds really distant as something an individual should be concerned about, but it was done to support ‘net neutrality’ principles.

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