Yes, this is a lot to do. That’s why it is called bootcamp! Without these essential ingredients, we can’t get on with the business of telling digital stories. So for the first week’s assignment complete the following activities then write and submit a weekly summary by the due date.
- Create a personal website equipped with WordPress for this class using either free hosting on WordPress.com (less desirable, but acceptable) or 3rd party web hosting (having your own domain name is best) that supports WordPress. (*Note – If you already own your own website, fantastic! You may use that for this class if it supports WordPress.) If you would like to create your own website but not sure where to begin, let’s discuss it in class. It really isn’t that difficult. I have used asmallorange.com, bluehost.com and there is a website for schools & students called reclaimhosting.com. These offer good support and inexpensive plans. *Note – You may choose to use an anonymous internet handle or you can use your real name, whatever you feel comfortable with. If you use a handle, tell the instructor so he knows who you are for grading purposes.
- Register Your Blog at the Main ds106 Web Site Once your blog is available on the web (it should be almost immediate) register yourself and your new blog on the DS106 site. You MUST do this in order for everyone to see the posts you’ll be writing for the class. NOTE: In order to register your site, you will need to give us a Twitter userid. You may want to skip ahead to the Twitter portion below in #4 if you don’t already have a Twitter account.
- Get an Avatar You will need to select an “avatar” for yourself. This is an icon or image that can represent you online (it need not be your face). This should preferably be a square image. Create a “gravatar” for yourself at http://gravatar.com using the email address you most likely will use for course work (and keep in mind you can associate your gravatar with several email accounts). Many sites will automatically use this image as your avatar.
- Set up Your Social Media
Create accounts and fill out profiles for yourself (if any of these let you set an avatar, use the same icon as you set up on Gravatar) on:
- Flickr (photo sharing) http://flickr.com
If you are new to Flickr or have no images in your account, you MUST post at least 5 images to your flickr account right away (they can be whatever you want); Flickr may not verify and make your account public until there are 5 images there. When you upload your photos, tag them with ds106. Get in the habit of doing this!
- Soundcloud (audio publishing) http://soundcloud.com/
Set up an account if you don’t already have one.
- Google / Youtube (video sharing) http://www.google.com/accounts/
If you have a Gmail account, you are already set with this. If not create a Google account. This is what will allow you to join any synchronous video discussions we have (in Google Hangout) and gives you access to YouTube.
- Vimeo (video sharing) http://vimeo.com
Alternatively, if you don’t want to (or can’t) get a YouTube account (like some of us), feel free to use Vimeo for your videos.
- Twitter http://twitter.com
Twitter will be one of the main channels for communication in ds106. If you already have an account for personal purposes, you are welcome to use it or create a new account for communication related to this class. Make sure you customize your profile! Send your first message of greeting and be sure to use #ds106 hashtag in your tweets. Learn how to search on the #ds106 hashtag.
- Instagram (optional) https://www.instagram.com/ A good way to easily communicate visually through still photos and video. Requires a free mobile device app for publishing.
- Flickr (photo sharing) http://flickr.com
- Make some Multimodal Introductions
Now that you have all your accounts, it’s time to use them to introduce yourself to the class. Use Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Flickr (also Instagram if you desire) to introduce yourself to the community, be creative. Once you’ve done that you need to embed them all into a WordPress blog post. Here are some tips for embedding media in WordPress. Be sure to use the #ds106 hashtag to connect with others studying digital media this semester in other locations.
Are you exhausted yet? There a lot more still. If you wait until the weekend to do your all work you will be crushed!
- Learn about The Internet (do any or all of these…)
- Suggest Some Readings
After completing the readings/viewings, we’re interested in you suggesting media that you think would be good for us to know about the history and origins of Computer Technology and The Internet. Tell us why you think it is a good example of digital storytelling. We hope to build some of your suggestions into the course experience. We encourage you to think broadly about the topic. All technology builds upon what came previously, so your suggestions needn’t even be digital in nature if you can see a connection to the Internet we have today.
Tell us your Internet story. What are your first recollections of going online? Do you remember those first online interactions with others? Are certain games or websites memorable? What caused a sense of wonder in you as you became a digital citizen of the ‘Net? We encourage you to experiment with media in the telling of the story.
- Write your Weekly Summary
You’ll be completing these summary posts on your blog every week. This week, write a post that shares your reflections on the first week and the genre we’re using. These posts are REALLY important. We use them to grade you every week, so you need to link to other posts you’ve written, embed media you’ve created, and narrate the process of learning that you went through this week. What did you learn? What was harder than you thought it would be? What was easier? What drove you crazy? Why? What did you really enjoy? Why? When your summary is completed, submit a link to it for this assignment on K-State Online. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED.
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Please be sure to include your handle(s) in your weekly summary blog post for the various websites & social media that you’ll be using this semester.