Weeks 6-7 – Internet Radio

This week and next we will be working on producing a radio show. The show will be broadcast on ds106radio after they are completed. (Completed radio projects are due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020)

Group Radio Show Guidelines

The radio show will be a group project with members of the class self-dividing into groups of 2-4 people. (This semester, we only have 2 people, so there’s one show and one group.) This group project is a major learning outcome for the course; that of working together as a member of a virtual team.

You will have two weeks to complete the project. These are the specifications:

  • All group members must contribute to the final radio show. Create a shared Google Document for planning and collaboration. If you invite Dr. Gx to be part of it, he can offer advice and input.
  • The total show should be around 20-30 minutes long, with at least 5-7 minutes created per person in the group.
  • The show must include at least 3 ds106 radio bumpers (they can be specific to the show or general bumpers for ds106radio) that are produced by group members.
  • The show must include at least 3 commercial advertisements or PSAs. The show must include bumpers to transition between the program and the ads. (Suggestion: They don’t have to be serious advertisements, they can be humorous satire.
  • The show must relate in some way to the “Survival” theme of the class. How you go about that is up to you. You can tell stories of fact or fiction from hard times of the past or present. You can use fictional characters or honest-to-goodness real-life stories of the past or present. You can discuss true stories of incredible heroism or you can tell fanciful stories of fiction using characters you have created. In the end, we are looking for original program content.
  • The show can contain music, but it should follow copyright guidelines. You can create original music, use creative commons music that grants you a license to use it, or you can do a remix of popular music that only includes short excerpts. Be advised that Soundcloud and YouTube are very sensitive to copyright-protected works and use software to take down violations of copyright.
  • Blog about your process and progress. We expect that every member will write a blog at least once during the first week about progress being made. We also expect every member to blog at least once during the second week about the completion of the project. These should be substantive blog posts in which you explain what progress/decisions the group had made, what individual work you’ve been doing, what tools/tech you’re using, what’s going well, what’s not working, etc.
  • Each group member needs to create at least one promotional graphic in the form of a poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. for their show during the first week — a little splash of design work.
  • Update the instructor about your group’s progress at some point during the first and second weeks.
  • Consider what a show should sound like. There needs to be an opening and a closing. You may need transitional elements; you may need to include sound effects. You will need to do audio production. This may include editing sections together, layering in background sounds, incorporating music, etc.
  • While each team member should create 5-7 minutes of radio content, the finished show should be edited together into one single file that is uploaded to Canvas on behalf of the group. Your group should elect a representative to be responsible for submitting the finished program.

Audio editing is time-consuming. Plan to be finished early and you will probably be done on time.

Summary of Deadlines and Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

Due by 11:59 pm Monday 7/19/21 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):

  1. Radio Show Progress: A blog post on your radio show process and progress.
  2. Radio Show Design Project: A blog post for your radio show poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. Write this post just like you would an assignment post — with the same amount of detail we usually expect!
  3. Commenting: Online interaction is a must-have professional skill. If you aren’t getting enough feedback on your work, it is because you aren’t giving enough feedback to others. Increase your interactions with the DS106 community by tweeting and leaving individual blog comments and questions throughout the week. Everyone needs to do a good job of reading/commenting/questioning other students’ work. You should try to comment on at least 5-6 posts/tweets by other students this week (including Twitter tweets). Be sure to link to your posts/tweet commentary in your weekly summary by linking or embedding them in the summary narrative.
  4. Audio Assignments:  Complete 8 stars of Audio assignments. Try to do at least 5 stars that can be used in your piece or segment of the radio show (bumpers, commercials, story development etc.). We are assigning these stars this week so that you are making progress on developing content for your shows!
  5. Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.

Due by 11:59 pm 7/26/21 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):

  1. Completed radio show (only one person per group needs to upload a completed mp3 file of the radio program, but it does need to be submitted to Canvas on behalf of everyone in your group.)
  2. Radio Show Progress: Second blog post summarizing your radio show process.
  3. Commenting: Repeat the commenting assignment from week 1.
  4. Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.

Audio resources:

You can find additional audio resources in the Open Ds106 syllabus (http://ds106.us/open-course/unit-7-advanced-audio/).

If you find other helpful hints, you can share them over the next few weeks via Twitter, using the tag #ds106 and/or #digme256 and on our Discord site.

Week 5 – Digital Photography

A lightning bolt strikes behind a combine trying to finish wheat harvest

This week we are going to explore digital photography using whatever digital camera you have available. Hopefully, you at least have a phone equipped with a camera which will do just fine, but if you have something nicer you may also use that. I want you to do some reading and reflection on digital photography.

  1. (Just for fun) Experiment with this online DSLR simulator to see what the controls are like on a digital SLR camera.
  2. Reading Assignments:
    • : The Death of Photography via The Guardian
      • Have you ever been busy photographing or video recording an event and then later don’t remember the experience of being there? Do you stop and really think about what will make a good photograph before you make a photograph, or do you just take a bunch and pick through to find a good one? Reflect on the Guardian article, and write a post about your approach to digital photography as well as where you think the art of photography is heading. Are we better or worse off, with the changes to the process that digital photography brings? Is the career of photography coming to an end, or is it just being reinvented? Why? Share your post with others & discuss.
    • Read the Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition.
    • Read Design Fundamentals article on elements of design.
    • Check out some of National Geographic’s photography tips, especially the tips on iPhone photography if you are planning to use a smartphone.
  3. Look at some great photographs: Spotlight on Jim Richardson
    • Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic who lives in Lindsborg, Kansas. Use your internet skills to search for more examples of Jim’s work (hint: he has a business called Small World Gallery, and he posts work on Instagram & Flickr). Write about what you saw of Jim’s work in a blog post. Be sure to embed examples of his work in your blog with commentary. Referring back to the reading on better photographic composition, describe the compositional elements such as color, line, balance, etc. used in Jim’s photographs. If you are in Kansas I dare you to mosey on down to Lindsborg sometime and visit the Small World Gallery in person. If you’re lucky, you might actually meet Jim.
    • Check out the Masters of Photography to see all of the great masters: http://www.masters-of-photography.com/index.html
  4. Make some photographs and reflect
    • Make several photographs using some of the photography tips you have been reading about.
    • After spending time reading about photography and experimenting with some of the techniques you have learned about. Write a blog post that summarizes the experience. What techniques did you do? Did it work out well or not? Why or why not?
  5. Familiarize yourself with photo editing software such as Photoshop, Pixlr or Gimp.
    • You might have to watch some online videos or read some articles that are beginner tutorials for digital photo editing software. If you don’t have access to Photoshop, you will need another digital photo editor. Two popular ones that are free are Gimp and Pixlr. Gimp is widely used but it has a steep learning curve. Pixlr is like a no-frills Photoshop, but it is free and works in most web browsers so you don’t even have to download anything to use it.
    • Adobe and others have some great mobile apps you can try. Some Photoshop-like editing is becoming trivial on some mobile apps.
    • There is no requirement to use any particular type of software, only that you begin manipulating digital images outside of the camera.
  6. Read at least two of the below articles that tell stories about using photo editing software for various purposes. You can also do your own searching on this topic.
  7. Watch at least one of these two videos about women’s experience with editing photos of their bodies.
  8. Write a reflective blog post about how the widespread access to photo manipulation tools is impacting our view of the world around us. Share link & discuss.
  9.  Assignment Bank Assignments
    • Do 8 stars worth of visual assignments, and include our Survival theme in one assignment in some way.
    • At least one of the assignments must involve a photo manipulation with photo editing software.
    • Be sure to write a post for each assignment completed, describing your thinking, your process, and evaluating the results, and be sure to include a link to the assignment being completed.
  10. Complete a minimum of 3 Daily Creates this week.
  11. Comment on the work of other students doing these assignments. Tag your tweets with #digme256 and #ds106 as appropriate, and reply to tweets you see with these tags. This online conversation is part of online community citizenship and is required for the course. Don’t be shy about this, it feels good to get feedback from others and to give feedback as well. Be sure to discuss these interactions with other students in the weekly summary.
  12. Write a weekly summary post of the week’s activities and submit the link to the assignment on Canvas. Be sure to include in it links to the various other posts you have made during the week, your daily creates, and include a discussion of the online conversations you have been having with others online. What work of the others did you see that caught your eye? Did anyone mention any work of yours that they appreciated? How did these interactions proceed? Be sure to make your summary post interesting by including some relevant photos and graphics to supplement what you have written. Submit it to Canvas by next Tuesday at 11:59pm.