A daily dose of digital creativity
Digital Storytelling (DS) 106 is an open online course that runs several times a year — you can join or leave whenever you like. Now in its third year, the course is the brainchild of Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington. Participants experiment with digital platforms for storytelling, build an online identity, interact with a community of fellow learners, and engage with the outside world. Basically, the course is part storytelling workshop and part technology training. Whenever I read about it, people are very enthusiastic.
Part of DS 106 is something called “The Daily Create,” a short (15-20 minute) exercise designed to stir up creative juices. Each morning a new task is posted; it can be from photography and drawing to audio and video. Participants complete the assignment, upload it to a specified service and tag it. They are encouraged to create something new (not submit something they already had) and try multiple approaches to each task.
The assignment a few days ago was, “Take a picture of an instrument that measures something.” From the gallery of responses posted on the site, you can see that participants reacted to the creativity requirement in different ways. The photo subjects include not only rulers and calipers but also fingers and a video game screen. Some people showed creativity through the angle of the shot or the placement of an object. A few of the photos (IMHO) were not very creative; I can easily imagine that it is hard to be “on” every day for this assignment.
It’s fun to browse through the creative work at this site and the archive page is an excellent source of ideas for student assignments that incorporate media. Some of the topics you’ll find there are
- POV Silent Walk Down the Street or Through a Building
- Record a sound of an ordinary thing and make it hard to guess
- Take a photo of a leap. Or a leaping photo
- Record a video in which you describe where your name came from
Photo credit: The Daily Create – Grid Dip Meter by NoiseProfessor, on Flickr