1946

Today, 1946 seems like an eternity ago. In 1946, everyone either knew someone or were themselves someone who had served in the armed forces in World War 2. Today, most people haven’t been in the service or even know anyone with that experience. My Grandpa Jo, pictured above left, circa 1946, told me many stories about his time in the army in the Pacific. I’m sure my impressions of my veteran grandfather’s patriotism played no small role in me joining the service as well (I’m the one on the right around 1986).

In 1946 there was hope for peace and prosperity. People dreamed of the future. The world had entered the the atomic age and while things were still uncertain, there was reason to hope for a better future, with all of the technological advances that were being made. People like Vannevar Bush were thinking about ways in which we could redirect technology that had been used for war-making into new and peaceful uses that would improve our lives.

Assignments for Week 3:

  1. Required readings: Read one of the following As We May Think  or A Logic Named Joe – How well did the authors of these predict the internet of today? Either write a blog post, or make and publish an audio or video recording as a response to the reading.
    1. Bonus learning: Research and write a post about the ENIAC computer, which was unveiled in 1946. Be sure to look into who were the computer programmers.
  2. Learn How to Write Assignment Posts: Read How to write up assignments like a blogging champ. I would like to see some excellent posts this week. It is important not only to tell us what you did, but how you did it and what you learned from it. Don’t forget to tag your assignment posts properly!!
  3. Daily Creates: You must complete at least 3 daily creates this week. Here are the rules:
    • You MUST do the Daily Create on the day it comes out. If not done on the day it is released, it does not count.
    • You MUST publish the Daily Creates according to directions. If it calls for using Flickr, Twitter, etc. it must be published in that manner.
    • You MUST tag your Daily Creates correctly and tweet them to @ds106dc.
    • You MUST share your Daily Creates in a blog post or series of posts. Your weekly summary should reference all of your Daily Create activities.
    • Daily Creates shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes to complete. If you spend more than that, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t worry about perfection. Aim for getting creative. We are looking for getting practice at making and sharing something on a regular basis.
  4. Explore the Assignment Bank: Using the Assignment Bank. do at least 8 stars’ worth of assignments of your choice. Be sure to choose assignments from 3 different categories (visual, audio, etc). 8 stars could be 8 1-star assignments, or a 4-star and two 2-stars, or any other combination. Try to incorporate both the year 1946 and the Internet into one or two of the assignments you complete. There is no right way to complete these, just use this opportunity to express yourself creatively through digital media. Be sure to document your work using the recommendations described in item #2 above.
  5. Form connections with the DS106 community. This week, use the various media to connect with other students learning about digital media through DS106. You may use Twitter, comments on other blogs, or even dedicated blog posts on your own blog in response to something someone else has posted. By all means you can interact with members of the K-State class, but do try to interact with one or two others outside of our institution. You can find people doing the same work we are by monitoring the twitter hashtag #ds106 (people will find you as well if you use it) or by looking at the DS106 Flow page of most recent posts.
  6. Summarize the week. Create a summary post of all activities for the week and post it to K-State Online Week 3.

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