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    Still messy after all these years – DS106 radio anniversary

    Jim Groom has announced that he was scheduling a 24 hour marathon to celebrate 10.6 years of DS106 radio: #ds106 #ds106radio I just put together a makeshift Google Doc with brief overview of the 106th Anniversary Radio Marathong and a wide open schedule for folks to claim a time slot. Only claim 1 until we see if we can actually fill 24 hours 🙂 https://t.co/eAlE1DBF5k — Jim Groom (@jimgroom) July 11, 2021 So let’s hear it for the longevity of this community radio project that started, like so many things it seems, with Jim riffing off an idea and not letting it go like a rabid dog with a juicy…

  • #h817open,  bavaness,  ds106,  higher ed,  IT services,  open courses,  twitter,  VLE,  Web/Tech

    Twitter is your IT support

    <Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/7172953614/> This post isn’t intended as a criticism of anyone, rather an observation on a trend I’ve noticed from several others also.  I’m running my block of the Masters course H817 as a MOOC. It’ll start this March, and one of the things I wanted is a DS106 style blog aggregator. That is, I want the contributors to register their blog, and for posts they tag appropriately to repost automatically in the course blog. Now, the sensible way to do this seems to be to install WordPress and use the FeedWordPress plug-in. For reasons I won’t go in to, I haven’t been able to get this done at the Open…

  • ds106,  MOOC,  Music

    MOOC disco

    So just before Christmas I finally managed to air a slot on DS106 Radio (thanks to Alan for being patient with the most needy DJ in DS106 history). It was remarkably easy to do, so I'd recommend it to anyone. My idea was to create a set where each song reflected on some aspects of MOOCs. On reflection I don't think this came across without me doing some talking inbetween. I opted for film clips instead, but I think the "music connected by a theme we can discuss" approach has merits which I'd like to revisit. I know from compiling the set that even if it's an issue you've thought…

  • ds106,  e-learning,  openness

    What can I take away from DS106?

    I think we can say that Jim Groom's Digital Storytelling course has been very successful in generating an online buzz, and as a model of what you can do with an open, online course. The development of DS106Radio has been something to behold as it has taken on a life of its own. As D'Arcy has commented most of the technology for this has been around for a while, but it all seemed to coalesce into something quite magical. Jim has some thoughts on DS106 radio here, arguing that it "provides is a model for yet another platform for sharing, creating, and trying to foster conversation." I've been thinking about…

  • Asides,  bavaness,  ds106,  Web/Tech

    Bavathursdays, messiness is part of the plan

    <Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanislands/3716274762/ by Viqi French> Last night I joined Jim Groom for a live session on DS106 Radio. The idea was to chat about 80s b-movies, an interest we have in common and see where it went. It's fair to say it went all over the shop, but was really fun from our end anyway (I'm not sure how much fun it was for the listener). But on the basis that it's through playing and doing fun stuff that you actually learn, we're going to have a go again. Next time we'll try and get others involved and have a focus around a particular theme or film I think. I created some…

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    My edtech life in 3 gifts

    This is the digital version of putting an apple on teacher's desk… This isn't an assignment for Jim Groom's Digital Storytelling course, but I had this idea last night, and spent this afternoon playing with it. Inspired by the excellent Radio 4 series, "A History of the World in 100 objects", my idea was to take three objects and use these to tell my life, or career, in educational technology. I was going to use any object, but decided to limit myself to gifts I've been given. The result is below. It didn't turn out that great, I really need more images and it needs to be snappier, but I…

  • Asides,  assignment1,  ds106

    I ain’t no surfer

    For Jim’s digital storytelling course we have to tell a story about something that happened to us recently. I have chosen to make a quick vid about how I went surfing on Christmas Eve at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. It was good fun, but I completely failed to stand on the board, and realised that mental images I may have had of riding big tubes would not be realised. I think a basic lack of balance may be a factor. It was just an experiment in telling a story with a few images, and some music (I did it in Picasa).   PS – if you’re not interested in Jim’s…

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    Digital storytelling – don’t forget the text

    There are some great ideas for digital storytelling activities over on the DS106 blog (I love Tom Woodward's suggestions for restrictions eg telling stories using only photos from a specific category). They are very video and image – centric though so thought I'd speak up for text also amongst all the mashup mayhem. Obviously people have been doing storytelling online for ages, so we need to find new ways of doing it. One possibility would be tell a story through twitter. People have tried this before, some good examples in this post. What I have in mind is not to actually use Twitter, but to create a story from a…

  • ds106,  openness

    A Man/Me/Then Jim – digital storytelling

    Like Alan Levine I have signed up for open courses but never completed them (I too am an OCDU (Open Course Drop Out)). This raises some issues for open education in itself – motivation to complete is not just about interest but also about pressure. If you have paid for a course then your commitment to it is higher, or if you've told everyone you're doing something it's harder to drop out. But I'm willing to try again, particularly for something as innovative as Jim Groom's Digital Storytelling course ds106. I have a meta interest in this beyond the content (which I think will be great fun), and that is to…

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