- Why is it important to tell our stories? Telling our stories is how we share our life with the world. It is important for me to tell my story because I fell that what I have to say is valuable to society. I have chosen to tell stories about animal rights and welfare this summer and it has encouraged me to express myself and ideas more openly and freely. We have the ability to help others with the stories that we tell. I also feel that it is valuable for students to tell stories so that they can express their ideas. Throughout this summer have have had a chance to tell some stories of my own to help understand the necessity of storytelling.
Ds106 Assignment Bank
- DS106 Assignment Bank assignments were the thing that initially scared me but as soon came to find out it was one of my many favorite parts to this summer of storytelling. I think as a whole the DS106 Assignment bank creations were what helped me the most in creating a realm for storytelling. Following the guidelines that were laid out in Writing up assignments like a blogging champ helped me to be more expressive and consider what story I really wanted to tell. The how and the why suddenly became increasingly important.
- The second week our assignment was to come from the Audio section and that is my least favorite but I found a cool assignment called FlickrSounds and was able to focus on my theme for the summer, Animal Rights. This was actually one of the more challenging assignments that I had done this summer. Once I had created the sounds and images that I wanted I was stuck on how to get that into a blog post. So with this assignment I learned how to embed HTML. I was so proud of myself until my husband laughed at me.
- The following week was a video assignment and I found a great one called "Life as an animal." This was perfect for my theme and I had plenty of material for since I am always taking pictures of my dog Beans. This was fun because I got to take pictures and look back on how he was as a puppy and also currently. I think the bigger part of my story came within the blog post this time and that is something I think I would have changed if I were to do it again. Within the blog post I talked about he struggles Beans had a puppy due to coming from a puppy mill and I wish I could have found a way to incorporate that into the audio of the video or another way. I am always learning and continue to learn through practice.
- Through this post I also gained a ds106 twitter follower who also has a Jack Russell. She even commented on this post. Here is a tweet from her dog sharing my tweet about my blog post.
- I had a good couple of weeks of storytelling because in week four I created a PSA billboard about animal welfare that was re-tweeted by Animal Welfare News. Again I realized I was making an impact in the world and outside my current connections. With this creations I learned yet another digital tool that was a challenge for me. I downloaded and used the tool Gimp2 to create this billboard. I kid you not, I sat there and stared at the screen that opened up for about ten minutes clueless and then I just started clicking buttons until I finally figured out how to use it.
- In the last week I wanted to find an assignment that would sort of wrap up the story I was trying to tell with animal rights and welfare. I chose to do a word cloud and it seems simple but when you get down to it he hard part is coming up with words to fill the space that are still meaningful to the purpose. The concept of a word cloud is simple and I think it is an easy tool to use with kids to tell their story.
Digital Storytelling Critiques
- When it comes to critiquing others work I tend to stumble. I feel very judgmental when talking about others' hard work and I also wonder what they would have to say about my work. So needless to say I don't take critiques lightly and feel that their purpose it to be instructional and helpful to grow.
- In the first few weeks we looked at Jason Ohler’s assessment traits when we critiqued our digital stories. I found that using these traits were actually easier than than using the practices of remixes. In week two I watched a video about Animal Rights that was somewhat questionable. I feel that there was a lot thrown at the viewer but not fully structured. When critiquing this story I thought about how important it is for each aspect of the story to have a purpose and focus.
- In week three I was finding information that had me wondering about my focal theme and if I actually supported the theme or something similar to it. Animal Rights and Animal Welfare are two different aspects of the same issue. As I continued to read articles and look into digital stories I began to realize that I was more on the side of Animal Welfare. I wanted to help others understand this difference so that was more of my motive for sharing the video and critiquing it because it added to my story.
- As you can see by the discussion on my post it did help others understand the difference and consider their position.
- In week four the criteria that was used to critique stories was based on the L&K's practices of remix. I am not going to lie, I had a harder time analyzing digital stories based on the remix practices. Also in this week I tried to find digital stories that were not videos because I have sort of stereotyped digital stories as videos. In the spirit of remix I chose a meme about PETA that was eye-opening but told a story that was more intriguing than some of the videos that I have watched.
- As the weeks continued I feel I began to better understand the practices of remix and how to process a story based on these practices. In the final week I critiqued a video about factory farming that was quite graphic but I think it was also effective to get others thinking about their food options. I think this practice also helped me to understand why people choose to remix media and to express themselves through these practices.