Appreciating Past DS106 Stories

I chose the story “A Television Life”, I couldn’t find the authors name just “admin”. The story was funny because he wrote it based on a television’s point of view. He gave the TV its own personally and character which made it cool and different from others. There really wasn’t much else to it though, he told the story of a TV’s life from start when it was brand new fresh out the box, to the end when it was outdated and time for the owner to upgrade. This is definitely a story of its own and not of anything larger. This isn’t something you would look into with deep thought, it’s more just to entertain you for a quick moment.

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Much Deserved

My story in 5 frames, I don’t want to explain it because I would like for the photos to speak for themselves!

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The Shape of Stories

When Vonnegut was explaining the most popular story of having highs and lows. I immediately thought of A LOT of movies that I had seen with the same exact plot. The movie I chose is one of my favorites, “Coach Carter”. It’s about a group of high school kids that live in the projects, they don;t really have much, the only thing they can count on is basketball. They never won many games but that didn’t matter because being on the court was their only get away.  Then Coach Ken Carter comes along as a brand new coach and turns them into winners and helps them see the light, that they can do more in life and get out of the projects and make their lives better. This is a perfect example of what Vonnegut was saying in his exercise.

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A different example of Digital Story telling that I recently seen is a video on YouTube describing how the basketball life goes in Washington, DC and the DMV area. Devin Williams a famous basketball trainer travels around the U.S going to different states, learning how the basketball scene goes. Here is a Link to the video, Check it Out!


Storytelling to ME

When I hear the word “Storytelling”, the first thing to come to my mind is probably different than others. Storytelling to me isn’t my mother or father telling me story while tucking me into bed when I was a kid. My idea of storytelling is when me and my longtime friends are all together and we are just talking and laughing about everything that we’ve done together or were getting to find out something brand new that we haven’t heard yet. Their stories are always hilarious!

Transferring that over to “Digital Storytelling” I think is something similar but not exactly the same. Throwing the word digital in front of storytelling to me means that just like me and my friends telling stories, but using the online world to tell them. Using Twitter, Blogs, etc. to tell interesting stories while entertaining a main audience regularly.

Weekly Summary #2

How well do I feel I completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?

  • I feel that I completed the requirements of Week 2 to the best of my abilities! Learning and trying all of these knew things can be a little much at first but, taking them slow I realize that a lot of this is simple.

What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

  • The only thing that gave me trouble this week was learning how to work WordPress more. I have been trying to master it and get my blog looking great and still haven’t quite got there yet! What I enjoyed most was making the GIF for the first Assignment that was fun because I had always seen them on social media but never knew how to do them.  I learned a lot about W. Gardner Campbell and Michael Wesch and how they are basically the pioneers of online teaching. Also learned to download new plugins for my blog page.

What would you do differently? What questions to you have?

  • I wouldn’t do anything differently since I am still in the learning process. The only question that I have is why does WordPress sometimes not recognize the links of pictures and other media.

What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?

  • Only issues I have is not having a lot of time to do my work between basketball and being full time. But this is college and I will get through It like I always have!


Daily Creates –

First Digital Assignment




Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able

Wesch thinks that the Superlative way we can teach students is to make them “Knowledge-able” instead of just Knowledgeable. And to have them attack real life problems, and things that we don’t have the answer to, and direct them in figuring out those problems, while simplifying their use of the best existing tools like YouTube, Twitter, or SoundCloud to figure out the problems.

He speaks about being “media fluent”, which means taking all of the tools of technology you have to make it easier for you and it would be more effective in the learning process. Many people do not understand that every day they are learning something. Those going online and reading knew tweets or blogs they are learning something new but they don’t realize it because they have become fluent online. And in having that ability they are already a step ahead of others that are not.

“A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” Reflection

After reading Campbell’s “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” and watching the video I love the way his mind works and what he thinks about the whole world of technology. Kids my age and younger are all taught from when we enter elementary school how to use and work a computer. That is all we know and to this day all of us stay connected to one and other online. Whether it is searching online, downloading music, or on social media, we are on the web doing something. But our elders like our teachers or parents didn’t have that resource that we had so if they don’t learn about it then they don’t know about it, so they teach us the way that they know.

Some teachers do not even go online and connect with their students unless they have to. But for others, much like “DS106” it could be the total opposite and everything that they would do in class is online and students can have that resource. That is where cyberinfrastructure comes into play, it opens a door to a whole other world for students. Not only lets them be inspired and acquire different lessons but it would help them in the future.

Cyberinfrastructure paves the way for how the future is going to go. Campbell is speaking on behalf of everyone who is technology savvy but to those who are not yet quite there, he shows that with little effort they could also become pros of using technology. Sooner than later the classrooms will be totally empty, the world will change and all classes will be taught online. The in class meetings will start to fade away and Campbell knows that.