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Converstaion: Edupunk

Edupunk a term coined by Jim Groom, is described as an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself attitude. The Do it yourself movement is just a re-introduction of old methods. Methods that involved personal involvement and skills, like the upkeep of houses, stitching clothes; maintaining equipment and every other aspect of living. This is very important considering education today, we learn in terms of abstractions rather then fundamentals of life like cooking, building, sewing. What the DIY learning and teaching methods all about is rebuilding that lost entity of our lives. Edupunks based on self-directed learning by which means you learn it yourself. Also known as autodidact. Learning by doing is a method which is contemplative, absorptive.

According to a blog by Nick Desantis, blogging about Jim Grooms edupunk, “These days he avoids the word because he fears people were preoccupied with the label rather than its goals. He uses a new creative outlet instead.” I really believe that the two images Professor Smith posted resembles Grooms transformed perspective. I feel that when edupunk all started it really was about just getting it out there, so he went all out and it was once about him as a part of his movement but now he entirely is for its meaning. In Grooms disengagement with edupunk he wrote his famous Dear Edupunk blog, stating his divorce of the label, which really says it all.

In modern class environments more traditionally controlled venues take place where commercial tools like PowerPoint, even Blackboard are used. These supposedly open learning tools are really based by closed Learning Management Systems. The edupunk movement is an educational reformation where individuals can be the carriers of their own knowledge.

Who says knowledge has to be based on solely theories and formulas? But it can be simply replacing your RAM or hard drive. Knowledge is the key to success. Knowledge is knowing how to fix your tire when your stranded, that’s the key.


“What Do People Think…. About Teens?

The storytelling assignment that I would use in my future classroom would be themed around “Turning a Negative into a Positive”. I came up with this idea when browsing through the design assignments on the ds106 website and I came across the “What People Think I Do” meme. It consisted of different images of sterotypes of what people thought about college students and the final frame represents the actual person.

The objective of this assigment would be to teach my future students about various sterotypes and how they can change a negative sterotype into a possible positive one. This will also teach them that a picture can be worth a 1000 words when different people give their opinions. I also created a meme myself of “What People Think of Teenagers”. I really enjoyed this design assignment and look forward to doing this with my future students.

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100+ Possibilities for Digital Storytelling in the K-12 Classroom

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How you might you create a DS106 styled assignment that fulfills a K-12 learning objective? Consider how storytelling can be used to support student learning.

You’ve dabbled with a couple ds106 assignments, now it’s time to create your own but with a twist. I want you to create assignments that fulfill a K12 lesson objective.

So in a blog post describe and complete two assignments:

  1. One assignment that would fit in either the visual or design category.
  2. A assignment that would fit in either the audio or video category.
For each one, you must describe the assignment, describe the K12 learning objective, and illustrate the assignment with an example.
Be sure to describe your process for completing the assignment you’ve made and reflect on how you think your K12 students would respond to it. Also reflect on how you might modify the assignment for different lessons. And describe how you might have students create/modify assignments as well.

Dance With Me


I can honestly say that i have underestimated this video assignment on DS106 but i am proud to say that i enjoyed it. I finally learned how to  make videos and how to use Movie maker to do it.  This will not be the last time I will do something like this.  This is definitely a good skill to learn. Hope you can enjoy it i tried my best. I named this Montage Dance.

By the way i contested this video and it was permitted



This is the new Montage that i have posted and it is emphasized on dance, this assignment allowed me to tell a story through video and this is a great tool for the classroom because it is a way to connect with this current generation. This tool will allow students to be engaged and motivated in learning.  Students will be excited to enhance their academics not only because its something they can relate with but also because its fun.  The first video is the one that was taken down and the second one was able to go through, if you want to comment on the difference feel free to compare and contrast





Me as Kitty! Visual Assignment!

This assignment is the visual part of Fat Cats Make Better Art History Assignments
So, this is the first time doing this type of digital work (as with many of the other things that we have done in class so far)!. Well, at first I didn’t know exactly what picture I would choose although I knew I wanted to put my face on a cool pic.  Well, I used fotoflexer and got right to it.=) So I put my face on a kitty pic, and there we have it..


I think this is something that students will love to learn in k-12.  If I enjoyed it because I learned how to do something new, I’m sure children will enjoy because it’s creative and most students especially young children love to use their creativity.


Fat Cats Make Better Art History Assignments

Today we are going to play with digital storytelling as a tool for teaching and learning.   In one of Alan Levine’s talks about digital storytelling, he included a slide quoting Ruben Puentedura on the value of learning through stories :

One of the best ways to understand something is to create a story around it.

If you think about it, a traditional lecture is a storytelling technique that faculty are very, very comfortable with in the classroom. Sometimes they get crazy and even include presentation slides! and videos! But most faculty don’t ask students to create stories other than traditional papers, and the occasional presentation. And even less frequently do they expect you to focus on being a compelling storyteller. If that were the case, then faculty and students would need to spend much more time thinking about creative storytelling techniques in the context of presenting concepts and content. What would that mean? Less content coverage for the sake of developing richer engagement with an audience?

We’re going to look at the digital storytelling community ds106 for innovative storytelling ideas by looking through their collaboratively built assignment bank and the abundant examples of work made by community members.

The above image was made for one of the many ds106 assignments in the visual assignments category – Fat Cats Make Better Art. Here’s the description of what to do:

Using this site: http://fatcatart.ru/category/klassy-ka/ as a platform for ideas, and using Photoshop (or something like it) as your tool, place a fat cat into a photo of a classic art piece. The goal is to make it convincing: make the art become on with the cat.

Most of all, enjoy! :0) And remember, fat cats make art better.

I chose to modify the painting Madonna in Glory with Seraphim by Botticelli with a picture of my cat Peter. So you might call this Madonna in Glory with Peter the Cat. I used Photoshop to do my layering and editing of the two images.

But what’s the point of the assignment, other than hopefully to get a laugh out of an art history lolcat. There’s definitely a lot of digital image manipulation skills learned in the process of creating the image, that’s fairly obvious. And if it’s your first time playing with photo editing/manipulation tools then that’s a big deal.

Less obvious though is the study of the details of the painting that happens while trying to place your cat compellingly and convincingly. In photo editing applications it’s really easy to zoom in and focus on the details of the image while editing. Here’s an example:

I started to notice the expressions of the cerubs which were definitely not smiling despite that they are in the presence of a mother holding her heathy baby, normally a celebratory event. So why the sadness and expressions of concern? Because it’s the baby Jesus, and being little angels, they know he’s going to have to be killed. And now that my cat is in that position, have I predestined his furry future?

So the ds106 assignments are lots of fun and obviously encourage the use of digital tools, but there’s a method to meme madness – fostering understanding through storytelling.

For today I want you to do two ds106 assignments and post them to our blog. 

Choose the first one from either the visual assignments or the design assignments, and the second one from either the audio assignments or the video assignments.

For each assignment you complete, describe what you learned in the process. Did you learn new digital tools? Did you discover something about the content you’re working on? Be sure to explain what you did, how, and why.

For the visual and design assignments, you are going to have to choose an image editing application to do your work in. Here are some great resources from Alan Levine’s ds106 tips and tricks site:



If you do not have Photoshop or commercial software, some alteratives

For the audio assignments, read my post for ideas for capturing and finding audio, editing, and sharing. You will need to create a SoundCloud account to embed your audio into your post.
And finally if you choose a video assignment Alan also shares a lot of good resources for archival videos and tutorials for editing in either iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. And there’s a good chance that you might wish to download videos from Youtube, which you can find easily with a simple search, but my favorite way these days is using PwnYouTube. If you add their bookmarklet to your browser it’s easy-peasy.
For each assignment post not only what you created, but please describe how you did your best to make it. Remember this isn’t an advanced digital imaging or video editing course, so effort to figure it out and make something is what’s most important. Failure is learning, just be willing to describe your flame out. Also please relate to us how you might imagine using an assignment like this in your future k-12 classroom.
Finally remember to link back to the original assignment so everyone can understand which assignment your completing.