Welcome to the resource guide for mine and Tom Woodward’s presentation titled “The World’s Craziest Educational Videos featuring ds106”
Below are a couple of quick, useful links for this presentation:
- The ds106.us site is here: http://ds106.us
- The assignment submission form: http://ds106.us/assignments
- A look at the design assignments: http://ds106.us/assignments/design/
- More info about ds106radio: http://bit.ly/radio4life
- You can find Gardner Campbell’s Personal Cyberinfrasstructure essay in EDUCAUSE Review here
Disclaimer, credits, and resources
I couple of months ago I committed to presenting at the 2011 K12 Online Conference not realizing just how much work it would be and how little time I would have. I asked Tom Woodward to join in the fun, but ultimately let him down given how late in the game I actually got started on the project. He was nice enough to create a teaser for the presentation as well as frame the idea and get a whole bunch of ds106 folks to submit videos illustrating how ds106 changed their lives. The resulting keynote video is 20 minutes long, all the coherent and intelligent pieces are a result of Tom’s rallying everyone to submit their reflections while I was traveling. What’s more, the strange filler with detective Kim Droom is all mine. In other words, everything good is a result of the work of Tom Woodward and the ds106 community members who generously contributed, while the weird and somewhat tongue-in-cheek interpretation of Tom’s trailer is mine. Finally, I take full responsibility for all this presentation’s imperfections—and there are many.
That disclaimer out of the way, making a compelling 15-20 minute video capturing the essence of ds106 was a challenge. The format/time range raises the question–who wants to watch a 15-20 minute video online? I don’t, so I created the entire video (which I will embed here after the conference debut) as well as providing everyone below with links to each of the individual videos that makeup the presentation to enable you to choose which one you want to watch based more on interest than linear narrative.
The other part of this presentation that was hard for me was talking about ds106. It is so varied, distributed, and nuanced that it is hard for one person to present this course. Tom’s call for stories helped resolve some of this, and a very special thanks to Giulia Forsythe, Alan Levine, Grant Potter, Tim Owens, Zack Dowell, and Michael Branson Smith for their contributions that provide an amazing scope to this video that would have been absent otherwise. At the same time I feel that scope just scratches the surface, and I personally feel less and less equipped to present on ds106 any more. If I was a smarter man than I am I would have immediately made the call for everyone to submit their take on ds106 by providing a few loose questions/suggestions and then edited those submissions together over time. But I feel like I have called on too many people too many times for this class already, and a part of me just wants it to go back to the people who made it great—at this point I feel I am little more than a ds106 patsy. ds106 is really not about Jim Groom—and the tale of the tape attests to that.
So, in that spirit, below are links to the six videos within the video (not including Tom Woodward’s teaser). Hopefully this will let some of you pick and choose the pieces you want to enjoy while at the same time preserving each of the original author’s vision. Finally, for a much better keynote/overview of ds106 the course, see Lou McGill‘s Digital Literacies video:
Below are the individual contributions from the ds106 community, all of whom I can’t begin to thank enough.
Tom Woodward’s presentation Teaser
ds106 Intro and History
Overview of the ds106 Architecture
Grant Potter’s explanation of ds106radio
Tim Owens “A ds106 Testimonial”
Giulia Forsythe “How ds106 Changed My Life”
Link to Giulia’s blog post on the video.
Zach Dowell‘s “Addiction”
Post on Zack’s blog: http://www.noiseprofessor.org/?p=813
Alan Levine’s “My ds106 Addiction”
Alan’s blog post describing the process.
Michael Branson Smith‘s “My ds106 Confession”
So, as a way of creating a resource page for the presentation on ds106