What is ds106?!

I for one have never heard of ds106 and the first time I saw it I thought it must have been a typo. After reading more about it I thought that it would probably be a concept that is complicated in the computer world since it was just letters and numbers. Once I did some more research I discovered that it is not a typo and is actually a very interesting online help.

Basically ds106 is basically an online course that helps build digital storytelling skills. You may think, why would I need to take a course for digital storytelling? Well, digital storytelling allows you to tell a story about anything you want with pictures, music, texts, etc. The best part is that the course is free! So don’t worry about looking into your empty wallet because you don’t need to come up with anything to learn about digital storytelling.

Before signing up for the ds106 class you must first set up a blog and write a minimum of one blog post. The lessons for ds106 are divided into units and the first few units are almost like a Boot Camp where you set up accounts on Google, Twitter, Flikr, Soundcloud, etc.


Photo by: Marie Slim

The uniqueness of the course is that it will require you to design and build an identity online and show your process through the 15 week semester to the world. You must be prepared to openly express your process and interact with others throughout the course as well as interacting and engaging with the world and beyond to develop your skills properly. This course is like a storytelling workshop with technology training and critical interrogation of the digital age where we constantly communicate with each other. The main objectives of this course are:

  • Develop technological skills as an important tool for sharing, networking, narrating, and creative self-expression.
  • Examine the digital landscape of communication technology critically as narrative forms and genres.
  • Frame your digital identity where you become a practitioner and interrogator of different modes of networking.

I think that ds106 is a really cool idea that people of all ages can learn from. I like how it is self-guided so there are no time constraints, no lectures, no grades, etc. The bottom line is that it is a community of people from all over the world that are connected online using different tools to help tell their story. Although I have not completed this process I am interested in the idea and would not mind using it in my future classroom. I think it would need to be used in older grades because it requires online accounts but I like how the students could connect with people from all over the world and learn about real life stories. There is so much data and information out there for us to learn about and ds106 helps put that all at our fingertips.

ds106 Website





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